The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Independent Reading

EASY
All Kinds of Money
by David A. Adler. Franklin Watts, Inc., 1984
This book discusses the history of money from the mediums of exchange used by primitive societies to the various currencies used in today's highly complex world.
Wings, Wheels & Sails
by Bobbie Kalman. Crabtree Publishing, 1995
The different ways of traveling on land, in water, and in the sky are explored.
Canada
by Elma Schemenauer. Childrens Press, 1994
This guide gives an overview of the geography, history, peoples, education, holidays, and culture of Canada.
Internet
by Lora Koehler. Childrens Press, Inc., 1995
This helpful guide introduces e-mail and newsgroups; suggests how-to techniques for finding information through Gopher, Archie, Veronica, and World Wide Web; and provides a glossary of computer terms computer buffs should know.
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
by Joanna Cole. Scholastic Inc., 1990
This story chronicles a special field trip in the magic school bus when Ms. Frizzle's class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.
AVERAGE
Sonia Begonia
by Joanne Rocklin. Macmillan Publishing, 1986
Eleven-year-old Sonia is determined to become a businesswomen but discovers that success in business isn't everything.
The Floating House
by Scott Russell Sanders. Macmillan Books for Young Readers, 1995
In 1815 the McClures sail their flatboat from Pittsburgh down the Ohio River and settle in what would later become Indiana.
From Barter to Gold: The Story of Money
by Solveig Paulson Russell. Rand McNally & Co., 1961
This book presents the history and development of barter, the articles used in trading, the history of coins and paper money, and methods of minting and printing.
Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests
by Gail Gibbons. William Morrow & Co., 1994
This book describes the climatic conditions of the rain forest as well as the different layers of plants and animals that comprise the ecosystem.
Finders Keepers
by Emily Rodda. Greenwillow Books, 1990
While playing a computer game, Patrick is transported to a parallel world and invited to participate in a game show.
CHALLENGING
Kid Power and Kid Power Strikes Back (two separate books)
by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Franklin Watts, Inc., 1977 and 1984
Janie advertises to do odd jobs and receives so much business that she hires her friends and becomes manager of Kid Power Agency. In the sequel, Kid Power hits a slump when school begins but Janie develops new ideas to solve the problem.
The Talking Earth
by Jean Craighead George. Harper & Row, Inc., 1983
Billie Wind ventures out alone into the Florida Everglades to test the legends of her Indian ancestors and learns the importance of listening to the Earth's vital messages.
Canada (My Country Series)
by Bernice and Cliff Moon. Marshall Cavendish, 1986
This book gives an overview of Canada's geography, including first-person accounts that describe ways of life in this country.
The Computer Nut
by Betsy Byars. Viking Penguin, 1984
Kate communicates on the computer with someone claiming to be from outer space and who says he is going to pay a visit to Earth.
William Gates: From Whiz Kid to Software King
by Ralph Zickgraf. Garrett Educational Corp., 1992
A biography of Bill Gates, who met the computer revolution head on.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Jack, the Seal and the Sea
by Gerald Aschenbrenner (adapted by Joanne Fink).Silver Burdett Press, 1988
Jack, ignoring the polluted condition of the water, spends his days sailing and hauling in nets full of half-dead fish until he finds an ailing seal and receives a message from the sea itself about its sorry state.
Welcome to the Green House
by Jane Yolen. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1993
This book describes the fragile ecology of the tropical rainforest and its plant and animal life and introduces the Indians who look out for its survival.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Facing the Future: Transportion
by Ian Graham. Steck-Vaughn Co., 1993
This book discusses transportation being developed for the future.
Passport to Mexico
by Carmen Irizarry. Franklin Watts, 1987
An overview of the geography, history, people, economy, religion, education, and culture of Mexico.
The Sierra Club Kid's Guide to Planet Care & Repair
by Vicki McVey. Sierra Club, 1993
This guide explains how human activities are destroying the balance of nature and suggests ways to prevent further damage.