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Pythons, Rats, and Toads—Oh My!

In our contemporary world, people are traveling more than ever before. Sometimes they bring species along with them—intentionally or by…

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Examining Media Bias through Current Events

As current events affect people more and more, understanding these events is increasingly important. The media remains a vital source…

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There Is No Planet B

Human actions have had a profound impact on the world around us. Pollution is taking its toll on our land,…

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Learning About Life

All living things grow and mature. Young learners might see this process in their pets, backyard gardens, and new siblings.…

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Helping the World Around Us

With climate change being felt more than ever this year, people are increasingly looking for ways to help their planet…

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How Computers Are Getting Smarter

We live in a smart world. From smart speakers, to smartphones, to smart TVs, artificial intelligence is all around us.…

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Saving the World’s Largest Reef

Summer is a great time to go swimming in lakes or the ocean. But readers may not know that marine…

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Learn About Abolitionist John Brown

John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid is yet another Focus Readers 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection. This book walks…

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A Bright Star in Tennis

Wimbledon is normally the highlight of the summer for tennis fans. But with this year’s tournament wiped out due to…

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A Woman to Watch

Martha Lundin, Focus Readers Author Tis the season for elections... And senator Kamala Harris was just announced as a nominee…

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Science and Fairy Tales Make Learning Fun

Emma Huddleston, Focus Readers Author Summers out, and greenery is all around! Young people-and their guardians-may be looking for a…

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Catching Up with Women’s Basketball

Todd Kortemeier, Focus Readers Author The wait is over for basketball fans as the WNBA is set to hit the court…

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Take Learning Online with Free Ebook Bundles

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers Editor These past few weeks have been filled with all kinds of uncertainty. But they’ve also…

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Staying Up to Speed

Meg Gaertner, Focus Readers Editor With coronavirus concerns sweeping the world, games and tournaments across all sports have been postponed,…

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Spring Is Here

Meg Gaertner, Focus Readers Editor It might not feel like it, but the first day of spring was March 19. This…

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Building Political Literacy

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers Editor Today is Super Tuesday, and news about candidates and elections is everywhere. But it can…

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Step into STEM

Meg Gaertner, Focus Readers Editor Getting students excited about STEM topics is crucial if we hope to educate the leaders…

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Take a Trip with Travel America’s Landmarks

Meg Gaertner, Focus Readers Editor The school year is well under way, summer vacation is a distant memory, and the…

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Teach Language Arts through Daring Rescues

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers Editor New this fall, the Rescues in Focus series highlights true stories of amazing rescues and…

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Save Time As School Starts

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers Editor As the end of August approaches, many of us are trying to soak up as…

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Welcome, Spring!

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers Editor It might not quite feel like it here in Minnesota, but spring has officially begun.…

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Shaping Stories

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers Editor The stories we tell matter. So does the way we tell them. As writers and…

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Cracking the Code

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers Editor You don’t have to be an expert to teach computer code. In fact, a key…

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Take a Vacation from Lesson Planning

In need of some new lesson plan ideas? Every Focus Readers book includes a free lesson plan designed to encourage…

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The 411 on Leveling

Nick Rebman, Focus Readers Editor Learning to read is certainly important, but it’s only the first step. The ultimate goal,…

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Animal Engineers: A New Take on Halloween

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers editor It’s almost October, which means Halloween is on its way. Soon, libraries and classrooms will…

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STEM-themed Ideas to Spark Imagination and Explore Tech

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers editor There’s nothing quite like watching the spark in students’ eyes as they make a connection…

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Tackle Teaching Language Arts with Sports Nation

Brienna Rossiter, Focus Readers editor If books are windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors, then language arts is the hinge…

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Our Fall Catalog is here!

We're thrilled to introduce our newest level, Scout, for readers in grades K-1. Our Fall lineup also includes many titles…

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Environmentally themed books offer Earth Day inspiration

A sign of spring like none other, Earth Day – which is Sunday, April 22 – is a time to…

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Swing into spring with these baseball books

Spring is finally here, and that means the baseball season is in full swing. (Pun very much intended!) What better…

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