2020 CRA Conference

Welcome to the 2020 California Reading Association bookstore.

For conference information, visit https://www.californiareading.org/

Books from conference speakers and presenters presented below.

AND THE WINNER IS... CLICK HERE to view the 2020 California Young Reader Medalist winners!

 

 

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Other links of interest: Our 2020 Christmas Gift Catalog    Our 2020 Young Readers Winter Catalog    Fall 2020 Kids' Next List    Battle of the Books:  3rd Grade   4th-6th Grade   7th-8th Grade

 

My Weirder-est School #6: Mrs. Bacon Is Fakin'! (My Weird School Special #6) Cover Image
By Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
$4.24
ISBN: 9780062691163
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Published: HarperCollins - October 20th, 2020

With more than 27 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

Get ready for the performance of a lifetime in this sixth book in the My Weirder-est School series!


My Weird School Special: Deck the Halls, We're Off the Walls! Cover Image
By Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
$5.09
ISBN: 9780062206824
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Published: HarperCollins - September 24th, 2013

With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!


The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable Cover Image
$9.19
ISBN: 9780061827662
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Published: HarperCollins - December 27th, 2011

The most exciting road trip in history begins! In this action-packed, New York Times bestselling adventure, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald embark on a family vacation you'll have to read to believe.


Flashback Four #1: The Lincoln Project Cover Image
$5.94
ISBN: 9780062374424
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - March 7th, 2017

“History can be hilarious, at least in the hands of author Dan Gutman.” Washington Post


T Is for Thor: A Norse Mythology Alphabet Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781534110502
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - August 15th, 2020

Otherworldly landscapes, thundering soundtracks, epic battles between superhero gods and monsters--current movies and book series have turned Norse mythology into popular commercial entertainment in recent years. But there's a lot more to this mythic universe than trickster Loki and his hammer-wielding god of thunder brother.


Nian, the Chinese New Year Dragon Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9781585364138
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - December 15th, 2019

2020 Feather Quill Reviewer's Choice Award

Mei hates springtime. Why? Because it's only in the spring that Nian, a fierce dragon, is able to leave his mountain prison under the sea to terrorize the local village. When the villagers hear the rumblings of Nian's hungry stomach, they know that winter has ended and spring is coming.


Popo's Lucky Chinese New Year Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9781585369782
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - December 1st, 2016

40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark Cover Image
$21.24
ISBN: 9781733481410
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Published: Elevate Books Edu - September 8th, 2019

Empower Students to Tell Their Stories with Adobe Spark Adobe Spark is a fun, free content-creation tool that anyone can use. Easily accessible on web browsers, Chromebooks, and mobile devices, Adobe Spark's intuitive and easy-to-use design makes it the perfect tool for learners of all ages to create . . .


Distance Learning Essentials (Quick Reference Guide) Cover Image
$11.01
ISBN: 9781416629740
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Published: ASCD - July 9th, 2020

Distance learning requires educators to organize and distribute information to students who are not physically present in their classrooms.


Tiger Boy Cover Image
$5.94
ISBN: 9781580896610
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Published: Charlesbridge - June 6th, 2017

“One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!”

When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr.


Forward Me Back to You Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9781250619907
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Published: Square Fish - September 22nd, 2020

The award-winning author of You Bring the Distant Near explores identity, homecoming, and the legacy of assault in this personal and ambitious new novel.

Katina King is the reigning teen jujitsu champion of Northern California, but she’s having trouble fighting off the secrets in her past.


Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border Cover Image
By Mitali Perkins, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9780374303730
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 10th, 2019

From award-winning author Mitali Perkins and illustrator Sara Palacios comes Between Us and Abuela, a timely debut picture book about love overcoming the border fences between Mexico and the United States.


The Donkey Egg Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780547327679
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 19th, 2019

Featuring Bear and Hare from their Caldecott-Honor winning Tops & Bottoms, the Stevens sisters celebrate perseverance and teamwork in this laugh-out-loud story of triumph over trickery.

Bear would rather sleep all day than work on his farm, and Fox knows just the kind of help he needsa donkey!


Tops & Bottoms Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780152928513
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 1995

In this Caldecott Honor winning retelling by Janet Stevens, a wily Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear into giving up half his crops.

Once a upon a time, there was a lazy Bear and a clever Hare. Bear had lots of money and lots of land but all he wanted to do was sleep.


The Great Fuzz Frenzy Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780544943919
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 13th, 2017

Deep, deep down in their underground town, the prairie dogs live in harmony--until a mysterious, fluorescent, very fuzzy thing (otherwise known as a tennis ball) rolls down their hole. When the prairie dogs discover that they can pluck and pull the fuzz into fabulous fashions, their fear quickly turns to curiosity, then delight, then pure greed.


Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems Cover Image
$8.79
ISBN: 9781328740540
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 16th, 2018

Responding to disgruntled dogs nationwide, Mr. Mutt, canine counselor, has solutions to the stickiest dilemmas. But Mr. Mutt has his own problem to solve: the cat (a.k.a. The Queen), who has her own idea of who’s in charge. Now Mr.


And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780544668331
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 14th, 2016

Every night the rhyme gets read. Every night Dish and Spoon run away. And every night they return--until tonight!


Wild About Us! Cover Image
By Karen Beaumont, Janet Stevens (Illustrator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9780152062941
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

Warty Warthog may have warts and tusks, but he likes himself that way! Join him as he celebrates all of his animal friends and the attributes that make each one unique. Whether it’s Crocodile's toothy grin or Kangaroo’s huge feet or Leopard’s spottiness, each animal is different.


Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters Cover Image
By Suzanne Slade, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9780316481670
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 10th, 2020

The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters -- the team that changed basketball forever.

In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot!


You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers -- all rolled into one!


William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad Cover Image
By Don Tate, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$16.14
ISBN: 9781561459353
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - November 1st, 2020

From Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author-illustrator Don Tate comes the highly anticipated and remarkable, little-known story of William Still, known as the Father of the Underground Railroad.

"Inspirational." ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW


Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth Cover Image
By Don Tate, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$19.79
ISBN: 9781580896283
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 22nd, 2017

Little Friedrich Müller was a puny weakling who longed to be athletic and strong like the ancient Roman gladiators. He exercised and exercised. But he to no avail.


Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$6.79
ISBN: 9781580892988
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Published: Charlesbridge - May 7th, 2019

A cool idea with a big splash
 
You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.
 


The Recess Queen Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780439206372
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 1st, 2002

A fresh & original twist on the common issue of bullying.


The Efficient, Inventive (Often Annoying) Melvil Dewey Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781684371983
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Published: Calkins Creek - November 10th, 2020

Melvil Dewey's love of organization and words drove him to develop and implement his Dewey Decimal system, leaving a significant and lasting impact in libraries across the country.


Jacob Riis's Camera: Bringing Light to Tenement Children Cover Image
By Alexis O'Neill, Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
$16.14
ISBN: 9781629798660
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Published: Calkins Creek - March 18th, 2020

This revealing biography of a pioneering photojournalist and social reformer Jacob Riis shows how he brought to light one of the worst social justice issues plaguing New York City in the late 1800s--the tenement housing crisis--using newly invented flash photography.


Loud Emily Cover Image
By Alexis O'Neill, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
$9.89
ISBN: 9780689846694
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Published: Aladdin - December 1st, 2001

Poor Emily. She doesn't mean to be loud, but whenever she says anything in her Emily voice, plates shatter, neighbors are astonished, and birds are frightened right out of the trees. It seems like there's nowhere she fits in. Until the day she sees a ship with a sign that reads: LOUD HELP NEEDED. NOW.


One Crazy Summer Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer reading—take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home.


Like Sisters on the Homefront Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9780062823922
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 30th, 2019

Rita Williams-Garcia’s masterful and bold Coretta Scott King Honor Book is fresh, funny, and powerfully relevant. This novel by a master storyteller and Newbery Honor-winning author is about one girl’s discovery of her family history—and her own place within it.


Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Cover Image
$9.19
ISBN: 9780062215932
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 8th, 2018

From beloved Newbery Honor winner and three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Rita Williams-Garcia comes a powerful and heartfelt novel about loss, family, and love that will appeal to fans of Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander.


One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9781681196022
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - August 4th, 2020

"One Last Word is the work of a master poet." - Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover


Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781534462670
Availability: Backordered
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2020

Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to be the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian American ever elected Vice President of the United States in this moving picture book biography of Kamala Harris.

When Kamala Harris was young, she often accompanied her parents to civil rights marches—so many, in fact, that w


The Watcher Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$14.45
ISBN: 9780802854452
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2017

2018 World Magazine: Picture Book of the Year

A poetic story inspired by Psalm 121


Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Powerful Strategies and Lessons for Improving Reading Comprehension Cover Image
By Lori D. Oczkus, John Hattie (Foreword by)
$36.51
ISBN: 9781416625995
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Published: ASCD - July 6th, 2018

Foreword by John Hattie

In this fully revised and expanded third edition of the bestselling Reciprocal Teaching at Work, Lori D. Oczkus provides both tried-and-true and fresh solutions for teaching reading comprehension.


Close Reading with Paired Texts Level 1 Cover Image
By Lori Oczkus, Timothy Rasinski (Joint Author)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781425813574
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Published: Shell Education Pub - June 1st, 2015

Teach first grade students close reading strategies that strengthen their fluency and comprehension skills Students will read and analyze various types of texts to get the most out of the rich content.


Close Reading with Paired Texts Level 2 Cover Image
By Lori Oczkus, Timothy Rasinski (Joint Author)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781425813581
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Published: Shell Education Pub - June 1st, 2015

Teach second grade students close reading strategies that strengthen their fluency and comprehension skills Students will read and analyze various types of texts to get the most out of the rich content.


Close Reading with Paired Texts Level 3: Engaging Lessons to Improve Comprehension Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781425813598
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Published: Shell Education Pub - June 1st, 2015

Teach third grade students close reading strategies that strengthen their fluency and comprehension skills Students will read and analyze various types of texts to get the most out of the rich content.


Close Reading with Paired Texts Level 4: Engaging Lessons to Improve Comprehension Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781425813604
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Published: Shell Education Pub - June 1st, 2015

Teach fourth grade students close reading strategies that strengthen their fluency and comprehension skills Students will read and analyze various types of texts to get the most out of the rich content.


Close Reading with Paired Texts Level 5 Cover Image
By Lori Oczkus, Timothy Rasinski (Joint Author)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781425813611
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Published: Shell Education Pub - June 1st, 2015

Teach fifth grade students close reading strategies that strengthen their fluency and comprehension skills Students will read and analyze various types of texts to get the most out of the rich content.


Close Reading with Paired Texts Secondary: Engaging Lessons to Improve Comprehension Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781425817350
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Published: Shell Education Pub - May 1st, 2018

Engage students in complex literary strategies as they dive into exploring rich pairs of fiction and nonfiction texts. Written by Lori Oczkus and Timothy Rasinski, this resource brings together two key strategies from the Common Core State Standards: close reading of paired texts.


Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780325010717
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Published: Heinemann Educational Books - February 1st, 2007

Guided Writing is your handbook for the newest, most effective way to move students into independent writing. Lori Oczkus provides everything you need to support children in the fledgling phase between carefully modeled group writing and their first solo pieces.


Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age Cover Image
$38.10
ISBN: 9780325108919
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Published: Heinemann Educational Books - October 28th, 2019

Our society is flooded with technology. It enables people to connect, it amplifies voices, and it has the power to enrich lives. Yet our society can be so distracted by the possibilities of technology that we can forget it is our humanity-and the stories we share-that make it meaningful.


Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9780325074733
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Published: Heinemann Educational Books - October 14th, 2015

Using technology doesn't mean that we throw out those strategies that we've found to be successful with students, write Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke. It's not the tools-it's what we do with them that counts.


Connecting Comprehension & Technology: Adapt and Extend Toolkit Practices Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780325047034
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Published: Firsthand Books - June 27th, 2013

When we begin our technology journey by grounding it in time tested comprehension instruction, we ensure that our use of technology is meaningful and authentic. We help students see the natural links between strategies they use in print text and the strategies they need to use when navigating the vast digital world.


The EduProtocol Field Guide Book 1: 16 Student-Centered Lesson Frames for Infinite Learning Possibilities Cover Image
$33.29
ISBN: 9781946444608
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Published: Dave Burgess Consulting - March 10th, 2018

Are you stuck in the lecture-and-worksheet rut?


The EduProtocol Field Guide: Book 2: 12 New Lesson Frames for Even More Engagement Cover Image
$22.91
ISBN: 9781949595529
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Published: Dave Burgess Consulting - August 23rd, 2019

Your Guidebook to Creating Lessons That Engage and Inspire Learners


Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom Cover Image
$21.21
ISBN: 9780986155406
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Published: Dave Burgess Consulting - April 13th, 2015

Are you ready for a change? You know potential exists for innovative, engaging, revolutionary education if you get the right ideas, right tools, and right people, all in the right order. If that sounds like you, then you're ready to DITCH old mindsets and methods and replace them with empowering, liberating ones.


More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction Cover Image
$38.34
ISBN: 9781412926935
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Published: Corwin Publishers - April 29th, 2008

These ready-to-use, brain-friendly strategies, standards-based activities, planning templates, and reproducibles helpteachers boost literacy development and teach with the brain in mind.


The Co-Teaching Book of Lists (Jossey-Bass Teacher) Cover Image
By Katherine D. Perez, Harry K. Wong (Foreword by)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781118017449
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Published: Jossey-Bass - June 26th, 2012

Practical strategies for teachers who share classroom teaching responsibilities

Filled with down-to-earth ideas, suggestions, strategies, and techniques, The Co-Teaching Book of Lists provides educators with a hands-on resource for making the co-teaching experience a success.


200+ Proven Strategies for Teaching Reading, Grades K-8: Support the Needs of Struggling Readers Cover Image
$35.15
ISBN: 9781936764433
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Published: Solution Tree - October 28th, 2016

This book is unique in that it goes beyond individual teacher assistance to provide creative systems that work in concert with a student's literacy education. This easy-to-use reference guide provides K 8 teachers with practical strategies to motivate all students to develop their reading abilities across grade levels and content areas.