Caitlind Alexander is the author of over 60 books for children, including the Jamie and Kendall Broderick Mystery series, the 14 Fun Facts and 101 Fun Facts series, the Wonderful World of Animals Series, and the Miss Jones series.
She lives in California where she loves to visit historic places and learn about new things. She also loves to travel and has been all over the world.
Volcanoes have frightened man for thousands of years. Mountains spewing hot fire and ash have rained down destruction on cities, burning buildings and taking lives.
But volcanoes are not just a destructive force. They are also a constructive force. They help to form the Earth's crust and create new lands. Named for Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, volcanoes have interested scientists for many years.
Owls are birds. They have a round, bird-shaped body with many feathers. They also have two wings. Their wings are very big. Most owls are brown, tan and white. Some are all white or all brown. These colors help the owl blend into nature. This book is a shortened version of our popular “Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night" for beginning readers. Only 1360 easy words teach kids about the owl. RL:1.8
The United States flag is the emblem of our country, symbolizing the beginning of our country. Through the years the flag has changed many times, but its meaning has not. It stands for liberty, justice, freedom and honor. Do you know: Who designed the first flag (It wasn't Betsy Ross)?
How many stars and stripes were on the Star Spangled Banner? Where does the name "Old Glory" come from? RL:6.8
"We will knock on your door when we are leaving so you can close up," the man in charge told Dicey. "You may go to bed now." Dicey hated the British. Dicey and her family wanted America to be free. It was 1780 and the Revolutionary war had been going on for four years. Now she had a chance to do something. She could be a spy! Find out what Dicey does in this exciting 15-minute book. RL: 2.5
Parrots come in many colors. They can be green, blue, yellow, red, black, or white. Many of them have three or four colors. There are many kinds of parrots.
The smallest ones are as long as your middle finger. They weigh less than two quarters. The biggest ones are as tall as a four year old boy! This book is a shorter version of “Parrots: Birds That Talk" and is for early readers. RL:1.9
The Minutemen were a big part of the Revolutionary War. They got their name because they could be ready to fight in a minute. But men were not the only ones who could fight. Here is the story of how Prudence Wright and her "Minute Women" captured a couple of British during the Revolutionary War. Find out more in this exciting 15-minute book. Reading Level: 2.5
It is used to show location in hundreds of movies and television shows. Showing an image of this one building immediately lets people know that something is happening in London, England. It is the clock tower, often called Big Ben by the people of the world. The tower took 34 years to build from the ashes of the fire that destroyed Parliament in 1834. Find out more in this 15-minute book. RL: 6.5
What is a Monarch Butterfly? A monarch butterfly has five stages of its life. First it is an egg. Then it hatches to become a larva. A larva looks like a tiny worm.
The larva grows into a caterpillar. The caterpillar then wraps itself in a green cocoon. When it comes out of the cocoon, it is a butterfly.
Find out more about this amazing animal in this 15-minute book. Reading level: 3.9 Ages 7-10
Ellis Island is America's most well-known immigration station. From 1892 to 1954 it processed over 12 million immigrants. Millions more were denied entry and sent back to their homelands. It quickly became known as the Island of Hope, and the Island of Tears. Here are some fun facts about this historic landmark. Amaze your family and friends with these fun facts. Reading Level: 6.9
Anacondas are snakes. They can be very BIG snakes. Like all snakes, they have a long, thin body. They have no feet or legs, and their skin is covered in scales. There are four different types of anacondas. The different kinds are different colors. Green anacondas are the biggest snakes in the world. Help kids learn about the huge anaconda snake in this exciting 15-minute book. Reading level: 3.9
Owls are birds. They have a round, bird-shaped body with feathers. They also have large wings. Their wings are very big for the size of their body. Most owls are brown, tan and white. Some of them are all white or all brown. These colors help the owl blend into nature. Learn what an owl looks like, where it lives, what it eats, who are its enemies, how babies are born, and other fun facts. RL: 2.9
A duck billed platypus is one of the strangest animals on Earth. There is no other animal like it. It looks like a beaver with a big duck bill on its face and big fat paws. A platypus is covered in fur. Their fur is soft. It is also waterproof. It keeps their skin from getting wet when they swim. Find out more about this amazing animal in this 15-minute book. Reading level: 3.4 Ages 7 to 10
It was June 28th, 1778. The Americans were at war with the British. On that day the American army was beside the Delaware River. They were at a place called Monmouth. Mary Hays was there too. Her husband William was a soldier. Most people called Mary "Molly". Find out how Molly helps the soldiers, and how she even acted like a soldier herself in this exciting 15-minute book. Reading level: 2.7
A parrot is a bird. Many parrots are very colorful birds. They can be green, blue, yellow, red, black, and white. Many of them have three or four colors. There are many different kinds of parrots. In fact, if you include all the birds in the parrot family, there are over 390 different kinds of parrots. Have children learn about parrots in this fun 15-minute book. Reading level: 3.1
Arlington Cemetery is one of our nation's most famous cemeteries. It is the final resting place for presidents, soldiers and heroes of our nation. But it was not always so. Arlington Cemetery has a storied past as a historic mansion home with large grounds, a civil war stronghold, and as a freedman's village. How much do you know about this National Cemetery? 14 Fun Facts with more info. RL: 6.9
Annie Oakley went from a life of poverty and abuse, to being one of the most famous women in the world. She made her own way, learning to fire guns like a man and perfecting her sharp shooting. When she joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, her fame spread. Finally she found happiness in both her personal and her professional life. Find out more about this woman who could outshoot any man. RL: 6.3
Francis was nervous. He had a big job ahead of him. He was on a boat in the harbor at Baltimore. Here it was September 13, 1813 and the war of 1812 was still going on. Francis looked out into the harbor. It was filled with British ships. On one of those ships was a prisoner. The man's name was Dr. William Beanes. Find out how this adventure leads to the writing of our national anthem. RL: 2.7
Hummingbirds are very small birds. Most of them are only three to five inches long. These birds are called hummingbirds because of the sound they make. Their wings beat so fast that it makes a humming sound. Many people like these birds. Let us learn more about them. Learn what a hummingbird looks like, where it lives, what it eats, who are its enemies, how babies are born, and fun facts. RL: 3.2
It was October 16, 1780. Hannah Handy was in the field when they came. She had her head down, hoeing the crops. Suddenly her son screamed. He was supposed to be taking care of her infant daughter. Why was he screaming? Hannah looked up. What she saw made her blood run cold. Indians were coming out of her cabin. Find out how Hannah gets her children back, and more kids as well. RL 2.9
David Bushnell sat on the bank of the river. He kept scanning the water for signs of life. At first there was nothing. Then two curved metal pipes rose out of the water. They came toward him slowly. A moment later a large round tube appeared. The top of the tube flipped open. Out popped a young man's head. "I think it's going to work," the man said! Read about America's first submarine. RL: 2.8
Mount Rushmore is one of the largest sculptures in the world. Begun in 1927, the head of four presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and T. Roosevelt were carved into the face of a mountain. Mount Rushmore has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States. It stands today as one of the enduring symbols of America. Here are some fun facts about this monument. RL:6.1
The presidents of the U. S. have served for over 227 years. During that time many things have happened within the office. Do you know: How many presidents were lawyers? What is the most popular first name for presidents? Name all the presidents who have not lived in the White House. How many presidents were wither born or died on July 4th? How many years was there no vice president? RL: 6.1
Margie stood by the river. She had a hard choice to make. A man had come to her mother. He had said that he was there to take Margie home. When he said home, he meant her other family. Margie thought about her other family. She had been born in 1696. Her father was a minister. Her mother kept a pioneer home. They had named her Eunice Williams. Read her story in this 15 minute book. RL: 2.7
"Oh Elizabeth, there is so much to do!" Penny said. "And I am worried. I do hope the other ladies are with us." Penelope Barker was often called Penny. She was at the home of her friend, Elizabeth King. They were there to get ready for a great tea party. And this tea party would be great. Penny hoped that it would help change life in America. Find out what happened in this 15-minute book RL: 2.6
"Are they going to kill us?" little Polly Craig asked. "They will try," Sarah answered. "But our men are strong." "Are they strong enough?" "Yes," Sarah answered with determination. It was August 16th, 1782. Sarah Boone Brooks and Polly Craig were seated in front of a small, one-room cabin in Bryan's Station. Find out how the women and girls saved Bryan Station. Reading level: 2.7
There are many amazing animals on Earth. Some are funny. Some are strange. This book will tell you about 7 fun animals. This is a set of 7 of our popular 15-Minute Books for early readers. It contains the full text and pictures from the following books: "Meet the Elephant", "Meet the Hippo", "Meet the Polar Bear", "Meet the Beaver", "Meet the Bat", "Meet the Spider", "Meet the Raccoon" RL: 2.1
There are many fascinating animals on Earth. Some are funny. Some are strange. This book will tell you about 7 animals. This is a set of seven of our popular 15-Minute Books for early readers. It contains the full text and pictures from the following books: "Meet the Tiger", "Meet the Giraffe", "Meet the Wolf", "Meet the Cougar", "Meet the Badger", "Meet the Reindeer", Meet the Rabbit". RL: 2.1
You have heard of Wilbur and Orville Wright. You know about their owning a bicycle shop. You know about them building and flying the first airplane. But here are some fun facts you may not know. Do you know: Who made the attempt at the first flight and what happened? Was the first flight at Kitty Hawk? Did Wilbur graduate from high school? Who taught Wilbur and Orville about inventing? And more.
Florence Nightingale went from being a rich child to the poorest conditions in war. Along the way she saved countless lives, changed the world of health care, created schools and trained countless nurses. She also wrote hundreds of books, and changed the way women and hospital patients were treated. Find out more about this founder of modern nursing in this short 15-minute children's bio. RL: 6.5
A badger is an animal. It looks like a cross between a skunk and a dog. Badgers have a long nose. They use it to stick into holes they have dug. This lets them reach the bugs they find in the ground. They have a funny looking face. It is mostly black, but it has white stripes. This book is a shortened version of our popular “Badgers: Ready For A Fight" and is for early readers. Reading level: 1.9
A yak is a big, hairy cow. It lives in Asia. Yaks are part of the cow family. Like cows, they have four skinny legs and big, round bodies. They also have long noses and horns on top of their head. But a yak is much bigger than a cow. They are taller than a man! They are also as long as a small car. Find out about yaks in this easy to read book. Reading level: 1.9.
There are many wonderful animals on our planet. Some are funny and some are strange. This book will tell you about seven interesting animals. This is a set of seven of our popular 15-Minute Books for early readers. It contains the full text and pictures from: Meet the Giant Panda, Meet the Gorilla, Meet the Bighorn Sheep, Meet the Zebra, Meet the Armadillo, Meet the Manatee, Meet the Horse. RL:1.9
Betsy Ross is well known as the woman who made the first flag. But that was only one thing she did in her life. Betsy lived for 84 years. She did many things in her life. How much do you know about this early American woman? Can you answer these ten true or false questions about Betsy Ross? How many brothers and sisters did Betsy have? How old was Betsy when she started working? and more. RL: 3.7
Emily Geiger was her father's daughter. He was a patriot. So was she. And now she had a chance to do something for her country. General Greene needed a message delivered to General Sumter. But no one would take it. Emily could! It would mean going over 100 miles through British territory. But if she could do it, it could mean winning a great battle. Emily tries it, but she also gets caught!
These fun worksheets are for use with the 15-Minute Book "Dolphins: Playmates of the Sea". Many of these worksheets focus on the Core Curriculum Standards. Each activity is listed with detailed instructions. Each worksheet is stand-alone, meaning students may perform as many or as few activities as they or the instructor wishes. Instructors may copy these worksheets as needed for their students
Great white sharks are large sharks that roam the oceans. They have been named great whites because they are big, and because they have a white stomach. Their back is grey. Scientists have begun to study these amazing animals more and more. Here are some fun facts they have found out about the great white shark.
Reading Level: 5.1 All measurements in American and Metric.
The fog rolled in, wrapping itself around my shoulders like a stale, wet, gray cloak. It gathered deeper and deeper, like an old friend happy to see me after a long absence. And it hid me. It hid my presence from the watchful eyes in the cabin before me. That was fine with me. I needed the concealment more than I needed the sight. In fact, I didn't need to see the cabin at all. I could smell it!
Out in the Atlantic lies an island shaped like a huge footprint with amputated toes. A ridge of mountains runs the length of the island. On one side the island is covered with a beautiful town. Mansions dot the hillsides and once beautiful gardens stretch out before them. But all the inhabitants of these wondrous homes reside on the other side of the island...in the graveyard!
Tammy and Jessica were best friends. They loved to go exploring together. Then one day they found a tree house deep in the forest. It was a great tree house, but something didn’t feel right. It was almost as if the tree house was haunted. Tammy and Jessica ran from the tree house, only to find themselves at a small clearing in the woods. Facing them was an old cabin, and an even older woman!
“Then the train pulls away from the station,” Peter said. “And anyone riding in boxcar 1313 on the night of a full moon, never comes back. They go to the hobo graveyard to die.” Those were the words that started the challenge; The challenge that would change my life forever. Read this short, but creepy tale to find out what happened when Aaron took boxcar 1313 one cold, moonlit night. Ages 9+
It has over 160 rooms, 40 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, but only one shower. It has stairs that lead to the ceiling and doors that, when stepped through, will drop you a story or more. It has 10,000 windows, a number of which are placed on inside walls, including an expensive stained glass window made by Tiffany. This is the Winchester Mystery House, the house built by ghosts. RL: 6.9 Has CCS exercises.
Meet Miss Jones, the time traveling second grade teacher. Whenever she finds something “not quite right” in history, she goes back and fixes it! In these 5 adventures, Miss Jones discovers the stone for Michelangelo's David is about to be cut in half; something wrong with the Wright Brother's plane; Harriet Tubman and her group of runaway slaves are in danger, and more! RL: 2.6 Has CCS exercises
Match wits with Kendall and Jamie Broderick and see if you can solve these seven 15-minute mysteries: The Case of the Cats Claws, The Case of the Snoring Sleeper, The Case of the Pilgrim's Paper, The Case of the Sheep Stew, The Case of the Missing Miner, The Case of the Cowering Cat, The Case of the Cheater's Chili. Ages 8 and up Reading Level: 4.7 Includes Common Core exercises.
Join Jamie and Kendall Broderick in this exciting adventure as they search a house for clues to find out if it was used as a station on the underground railroad. The discovery of a secret passageway which locks Jamie inside is just the start of their adventure. This book is part of the exciting new Kendall and Jamie Broderick Mystery Series. Reading level: 3.3
There are many amazing animals in the world. Some are funny and some are strange. This book will tell about 7 animals. Each book covers: What is it, where does it live, what does it eat, who are its enemies, how are babies born and raised, and fun facts. This is a set of 7 of our popular 15-Minute Books. It contains elephants, hippos, polar bears, beavers, spiders, raccoons, bighorn sheep. RL: 3.7
There are many amazing animals in the world. Some are funny and some are strange. This book will tell about 7 animals. Each covers: What is it, where does it live, what does it eat, who are its enemies, how are babies born and raised, and some fun facts. This is a compilation of seven of our popular 15-Minute Books. It contains tigers, giraffes, wolves, cougars, badgers, reindeer, and rabbits.
There are many amazing animals in the world. Some are funny and some are strange. This book will tell you about 7 amazing animals. Each book covers: What is it, where does it live, what does it eat, who are its enemies, how are babies born and raised, and some fun facts. This book covers giant pandas, gorillas, zebras, bats, horses, manatees, and armadillos. RL: 3.8 Includes Common Core Exercises
A bison is a wild cow. It looks like a cow, but it is bigger. It can be a lot bigger. In fact, a bison is the biggest land animal in North America! A bison can be up to six feet (1.75 metres) at the shoulder. It can be over 12 feet (3.5 metres) long! That means they are as tall as a man, and as long as two men laying head to toe!
They also weigh much more than a man. RL: 3.7 Has CCS exercises.
Lions are big cats. They have tawny fur. Tawny means yellowish brown in color. Some lions have white fur on their stomachs and some lions have tawny fur on their stomachs. There are also a few lions that are all white. Lions also have a long tail. Their tail ends in a ball of fur. Scientists call the ball a tuft. The tuft on most lions is black. RL: 3.8 Includes Common Core exercises.
A yak is a hairy animal that lives in Asia. It looks like a big, hairy cow. Yaks are members of the cow family. Like cows, they have four skinny legs and big, round bodies. They also have long noses and horns on top of their head. But a yak is much bigger than a cow. They are between five feet (1.6 metres) and seven feet (2.2 metres) tall when they are grown. That is taller than a man! RL: 3.2