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Nonfiction / Informational Books

Nonfiction / Informational

Many of our informational books offer a distinctive narrative nonfiction quality, which builds on a child’s familiarity with story while introducing content.

This transition text supports a student without total immersion in the demands of expository prose. The higher level vocabulary and exquisite illustrations and photos make our BYL books very special.

Informational Text: Text designed to convey factual information, rather than tell or advance a narrative. Informational text may employ techniques such as lists, comparing/contrasting, or demonstrating cause/effect, and may be accompanied by graphs or charts.

TEACHER’S REVIEW
Name: Kathy D
State: TN
Teaching Level: Title I
BYL Use: Reading Intervention

What Do You Like: I love the non-fiction. They have great pictures and high interest. Kids are very motivated.

What Do Students Like:
My students love the BYL books! Several of them reach for these books from their reading box first every time! Thanks for producing such great high interest books for our little readers.I

Emergent/Early Package Fountas and Pinnell Levels C-H (21 Books)

Item#: 2185
The Pond
Author: Janice Boland
Photographer: Janice Boland

Description:
Though peaceful and quiet, a pond can be a fascinating place.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                C
Grade Level:           K-1  K-1 

Reading Stage:      Emergent
RR / DLL Level:       
INT Level:                 6
Page Count:             8        8
Word Count:            28      44

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Item#: 2425
At the Horse Show
Author: Rhonda Cox
Photographer: Rhonda Cox

Description:
A girl and her horse enjoy a day at the horse show.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                D
Grade Level:            1        1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:                 3
INT Level:                 6
Page Count:             8       8
Word Count:            24     22

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Item#: 2432
Cat Tails
Author: Kittie Boss
Illustrated by Erin Marie Mauterer

Description:
What do most cats and a tall plant have in common?

(Informational)

F/P Level:                D
Grade Level:            1        1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:                  
INT Level:                 6
Page Count:             8       8
Word Count:            40     35

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Item#: 2437
Chickens
Author: Rhonda Cox
Photographer: Rhonda Cox

Description:
Chickens enjoy a natural feast.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                D
Grade Level:            1        1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:                  
INT Level:                 8
Page Count:             8       8
Word Count:            23     24

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Item#: 2140
Drawbridge
Author: Richard Latta
Photographer: Richard Latta

Description:
A car trip is interrupted at the entrance to a bridge so a boat can pass.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                 E
Grade Level:            1      1 

Reading Stage:       Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                12
INT Level:                 7  
Page Count:             8       8
Word Count:            29     27

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Item#: 2170
Katydids
Author: Nic Bishop
Photographer: Nic Bishop

Description:
Katydids are busy little creatures throughout the day and night too.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                 E
Grade Level:            1      1 

Reading Stage:       Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                3
INT Level:                 7  
Page Count:             8      8
Word Count:            20     20

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Item#: 2190
Saguaro
Author: Anne Massey Ecton
Illustrated by Gary Torrisi

Description:
A saguaro can be many things as it grows in the desert.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                E
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:       Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                  6
INT Level:                 6  
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            44      52

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Item#: 2198
Strange Plants
Author: Nic Bishop
Photographer: Nic Bishop

Description:
Deep in a swamp three unsuspecting bugs get caught by three hungry plants.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                E
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:      Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                  
INT Level:                 5  
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            30      30

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Item#: 2200
Sunflowers
Author: Janice Boland
Illustrated by Joe Veno

Description:
Animals that eat sunflower seeds help plant a field of sunflowers.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                 E
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:       Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                 4 
INT Level:                 4  
Page Count:             8        8
Word Count:            33     42

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Item#: 2474
Moon
Author: Linda Simone
Illustrated by Jane Bowers

Description:
A child speaks to the moon.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1     
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:                  
INT Level:                15
Page Count:            8     
Word Count:           38     

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Item#: 2475
New York City Buildings
Author: Ann Mace
Photographer: Tim Holmstrom

Description:
Some of the world’s most fascinating urban architecture is in New York City.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      1 
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:                 10    
INT Level:                12  
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            59      64

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Item#: 2187
Powwow
Author: Rhonda Cox
Photographer: Rhonda Cox

Description:
Children express their joy by dancing at a powwow.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      
Reading Stage:       Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                  
INT Level:                8  
Page Count:           12      
Word Count:           29      

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Item#: 2195
The Sparrows
Author: Dr. Robert Slaughter
Photographer: Dr. Robert Slaughter

Description:
The life cycle of sparrows.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                F
Grade Level:            1      1
Reading Stage:      Emergent
RR / DLL Level:                  
INT Level:                11  
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            60      61

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Item#: 2435
The Changing Caterpillar
Author: Sherry Shahanb
Photographer: Sherry Shahan

Description:
A caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                G
Grade Level:            1      1
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      15       7
INT Level:                  
Page Count:            8         8
Word Count:            51      60

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Item#: 2441
A Coat Full of Bubbles
Author: Sherry Shahan
Illustrated by Neesa Becker

Description:
A playful sea otter instinctively knows that air is the best insulation.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                G
Grade Level:            1        1
Reading Stage:       Early
RR / DLL Level:                  9
INT Level:                10  
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            72      78

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Item#: 2445
Dragonflies
Author: R. Hugh Rice
Illustrated by Gary Torrisi

Description:
Dragonflies are interesting insects. They use their special eyes to find their dinner.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                G
Grade Level:            1      1
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      11      12
INT Level:                 
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            53      60

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Item#: 2420
Andi’s Wool
Author: Rhonda Cox
Photographer: Rhonda Cox

Description:
A sheep gets a haircut for spring.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               H
Grade Level:          1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:                    9
INT Level:               14
Page Count:           12         12
Word Count:           107      132

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Item#: 2729
Concrete
Author: Ellen Javernick
Photographer: Lynda Cohen / Janice Boland

Description:
A brief story about concrete, how it is made, and its many uses.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               H
Grade Level:           1-2   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:                
INT Level:               17
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           123

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Item#: 2466
The Little Book of Street Rods
Author: Jule-Ann Lattimer
Photographer: Jule-Ann Lattimer

Description:
A child enjoys a day looking at cars with his dad.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               H
Grade Level:           1-2   
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      13        
INT Level:               
Page Count:           12        
Word Count:           79

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Item#: 2467
Little Puffer Fish
Author: Amany F. Hassanein
Illustrated by Neesa Becker

Description:
How a frightened little fish avoids becoming a tasty snack for a bigger fish.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               H
Grade Level:           1-2   
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      14        
INT Level:               
Page Count:           12        
Word Count:           133

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Item#: 2525
Turtle Nest
Author: Lola Schaefer
Illustrated by Neesa Becker

Description:
A turtle comes ashore to dig her nest and lay her eggs.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               H
Grade Level:           1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:      Early
RR / DLL Level:      13         9
INT Level:               
Page Count:           16         16
Word Count:           85         86

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Early/ Fluent Package Fountas and Pinnell Levels I-Q (20 Books)

Item#: 2748
The Hungry Sea Star
Author: Sherry Shahan
Illustrated by Gary Torrisi

Description:
A hungry sea star searches the ocean floor for food.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                I
Grade Level:           1-2      1-2
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:                    12
INT Level:               14
Page Count:           12         12
Word Count:           69         62

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Item#: 2759
My Favorite Bear

Author: Peter Ackerman
Photographer: Rhonda Cox

Description:
There are many ways to have fun, even if you live in a zoo.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       17
INT Level:                
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:            144

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Item#: 2540
Watermelon

Author: Rhonda Cox
Photographer: Rhonda Cox

Description:
A watermelon grows from a little seed into a juicy red feast for two.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                J
Grade Level:            2        2
Reading Stage:      Early 
RR / DLL Level:                  7   
INT Level:                15
Page Count:            12      12
Word Count:            62      54

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Item#: 2740
Gargoyles on Guard

Author: Amy Allison
Illustrated by Erin McGonigle Brammer

Description:
What are those stone figures that loom high above on some buildings and why are they there?

(Informational)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:        
INT Level:                23
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:            169

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Item#: 2774
Star Pictures

Author: Juliann Darling
Illustrated by Pamela Ross

Description:
On clear nights the starry sky glitters and glows with mythical figures and their adventures and deeds. 

(Informational)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       
INT Level:                22
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:            96

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Item#: 2778
Trilobites

Author: Lola Schaefer
Illustrated by Neesa Becker

Description:
How trilobites that lived long ago became fossils.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                K
Grade Level:            2      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       
INT Level:                20
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:           139

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Item#: 2724
The Coral Reef

Author: Janet and George Robinson
Photographer: Janet and George Robinson

Description:
The beauty and importance of coral reefs portrayed in words and photographs.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                 L
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       20
INT Level:                
Page Count:            16     
Word Count:           557

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Item#: 2768
Sea Lights

Author: R. Hugh Rice
Illustrated by Shane Reiswig

Description:
An introduction to some fascinating, mysterious creatures that share this planet with us but live in a watery world.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                L
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       19
INT Level:                
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:           130

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Item#: 2782
Tides

Author: Carolyn Ford
Illustrated by: Marnie Webster

Description:
How the tides are created by the position of the moon.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                L
Grade Level:            2-3      
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       15
INT Level:                
Page Count:            12     
Word Count:           277

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Item#: 2736
Diving for Treasure

Author: John Christopher Fine
Photographer: John Christopher Fine

Description:
The story of how a shipwreck full of treasure was discovered off the Florida coast.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                M
Grade Level:            2-3       2-3
Reading Stage:       Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:                    24 
INT Level:                21       
Page Count:            16         16
Word Count:            271       278

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Item#: 2733
Dream Catcher
Author: E. Barrie Kavasch
Illustrated by Gay W. Holland

Description:
Loving relatives weave a dream catcher to hang above the bed of a little girl.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               M
Grade Level:           2-3   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:      16         
INT Level:                
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           159

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Item#: 2737
Escape From Death Valley

Author: Aldo P. Biagiotti
Photographer: Aldo P. Biagiotti

Description:
A recounting of how two wild, desert burros found a home.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                M
Grade Level:            2-3       2-3
Reading Stage:       Fluent 
RR / DLL Level:                    22 
INT Level:                23       
Page Count:            16        16
Word Count:            419      424

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Item#: 2773
Springs
Author: Mary J. Guhl

Description:
Springs can be found in unexpected places, and they can do amazing things.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                M
Grade Level:            2-3   
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:              
INT Level:                24
Page Count:            16        
Word Count:            245

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Item#: 2783
The Wild Parrots of San Francisco
Author: Ellen Leroe
Illustrated by Kathy O’Malley

Description:
Wild parrots enliven the streets and parks of San Francisco, California.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               M
Grade Level:           2-3   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:              
INT Level:               21
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           570

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Item#: 2751
Meeting Squawky
Author: John Christopher Fine
Photographer: John Christopher Fine

Description:
A marine biologist relates his encounter with a persistent young cormorant.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               N
Grade Level:           3   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:            
INT Level:               22
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           846

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Item#: 2766
A Day at the Fair
Author: Judyann Grant

Description:
Animals, games, rides, food, and exhibits entertain a family at a country fair.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               N
Grade Level:           3   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       20     
INT Level:               
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           603

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Item#: 2769
Hidden in the Midden
Author: Martha S. Campbell
Illustrated by Chad Wallace

Description:
Pack rats in the southwest United States preserve bits of history and prehistory.

(Informational)

F/P Level:                N
Grade Level:            3   
Reading Stage:       Fluent
RR / DLL Level:       20     
INT Level:               
Page Count:            16        
Word Count:            392

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Item#: 2781
In Black Bear Country
Author: Shaunda Kennedy Wenger
Photographer: Shaunda Kennedy Wenger

Description:
The author learns about the eating habits of black bears in Vermont.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               N
Grade Level:           3   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:            
INT Level:               22
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           677

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Item#: 2767
Haiku for You
Author: Pat MacAlister
Illustrated by Lynda Cohen

Description:
The writing and history of Haiku poetry is examined.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               O
Grade Level:           3-4   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:            
INT Level:               22
Page Count:           16        
Word Count:           655

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Item#: 2764
The Legend of Scarface
Author: Charles Perry
Photographer: Charles Perry

Description:
The writing of an original legend about a brave mustang stallion.

(Informational)

F/P Level:               Q
Grade Level:           4   
Reading Stage:      Fluent
RR / DLL Level:      19    
INT Level:                
Page Count:           12        
Word Count:           900

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Teacher Review

Name: Kathy D
State: TN
Teaching Level: Title I
BYL Use: Reading Intervention

What Do You Like:
I love the non-fiction. They have great pictures and high interest. Kids are very motivated.

What Do Students Like:
My students love the BYL books!

Several of them reach for these books from their reading box first every time! Thanks for producing such great high interest books for our little readers.

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Name: Kathy D
State: TN
Teaching Level: Title I
BYL Use: Reading Intervention

What Do You Like:
I love the non-fiction. They have great pictures and high interest. Kids are very motivated.

What Do Students Like:
My students love the BYL books! Several of them reach for these books from their reading box first every time! Thanks for producing such great high interest books for our little readers.