Caitlind Alexander is the author of over 60 books for children, including the Jamie and Kendall Broderick Mystery series, the Wonderful World of Animals series, the Miss Jones series, and a number of books in the 14 Fun Facts and 101 Fun Facts series.
Caitlind is also an accomplished speaker. She has given numerous talks to children and school classes. She also gives talks and seminars for writers on topics ranging from creating believable characters to publishing ebooks.
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.
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
It was 1780. The Revolutionary War had been going on for four long years. A group of ladies was meeting in a house. It was in Philadelphia. "The ladies must do something to help the soldiers!" Hettie said. "I have sent letters to General Washington. The soldiers are in very bad shape. We must raise money to help them!"
Find out what the women do to help General Washington. Reading level: 2.8
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
When we look at clouds in our sky, we can sometimes make out shapes. This can also happen with nebulas – clouds of dust and gas in space. There are two main types of nebulas; bright and dark. There are four types of bright nebulas; emission, reflection, planetary and supernova remnants. This book covers 14 strange and interesting nebulas in our galaxy. Reading Level: 6.9
Many people remember Nathan Hale as an American patriot. Those who do not know his story think that he did great things for our country. The truth is, Nathan never fought in battle, held a regular job as a school teacher for only a year, and failed on his first mission. In fact, he did more for the country after he was dead than when he was alive. Here is the true story of Nathan Hale. RL: 6.5
"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
We live on Earth. Earth is a planet. It spins, giving us day and night. It goes around the sun. Everything that goes around our sun is part of our solar system. There is gas, dust, ice and rocks. There are even other planets. This book will tell you a few things about the eight planets in our solar system. Let us see how much you know. How many questions can you answer? Reading level: 2.9
The Ganges River begins in an ice cave in the Himalayan Mountains. It flows through India and Bangladesh and enters the sea at the world’s largest delta. It supports over 400 million people and thousands of animal and plant species. It is sacred to the Hindu people and worshiped as a goddess. Many people wish to die near the Ganges. Many people do. Find out more in this 15-Minute book. RL: 6.9
Melville Dewey was a man of many talents. He is often called the father of modern library science. He developed a system for cataloging books that is still in widespread use today. He helped create New York's Lake Placid Club and bring the Olympics there. He was also a man with strong opinions.
Find out more about Dewey in this 15-Minute biography for kids. Reading level: 5.3
"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
The Great Wall of China is a man-made wonder, spanning thousands of miles. It spreads from the Pacific Ocean in the East to the Gobi Desert and beyond in the west. Much of it has stood for hundreds of years, with some portions over 2000 years old. The Great Wall stood as a wall of defense for many years, against the warring states to the north. Find out more in this short young adult book.
Jane Addams dropped into a chair. She was so tired that she could not move. Her best friend Ellen Starr fell into the chair beside her. The two women had spent the whole day cleaning the house. Find out what Jane does with the huge house and how it changes the lives of her neighbors in this fun 15-minute book. Part of our Heroes in History series, this short book is on a second grade reading level
Courtney Case, the Australian detective solves the case of what happened to her this past Valentine's Day when she received a card from a secret admirer. Courtney's teacher assigned her students to make cards for Valentine's Day. On February 14th, she passed out cards to those kids who had received one. Every child got at least one. But the one Courtney got didn't have a name on it!
James Garfield had little early education, he worked to put himself through college before entering politics. When the Civil War started, he joined the Union Army. He won many battles and become a Major General. As a politician, he fought for civil rights, the abolition of slavery and an education system for African Americans. In March 1881 he became president. 200 days later he was dead. RL: 6.8
Maria Sklodowska was a Polish girl who wanted a proper education. She changed her name to and went to university in France. She met and married Pierre Curie and began to work with radioactivity. Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes. Hers was a life filled with firsts. Find out more about this discoverer of radium in this short bio.
I was the great auk, a bird. Here is my story. We were a bit like the penguin. Like penguins, we were black and white. The blackness covered our heads and stretched down our backs. The white covered our chests. Many of us had a white patch on our face above our eye. White stripes raced across our strong black bills. Oh we were proud of those bills. Reading Level: 2.9
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
How much of America’s rainfall ends up in the Mississippi River? Which mountain range grew around the Danube River? Are there more kinds of fish in the Amazon or in the ocean? The Thames was once a tributary of what European river? What is the “Ghost City” of the Yangtze? Learn about the Amazon, Danube, Mississippi, Nile, Yangtze, Thames, and Murray rivers in this set of 15-minute books. RL: 6.9
Clara Barton was 11. It was a great time in her life. Most of her family was moving! Clara, her father and her mother had moved to a new home three years ago. Now her older brothers and sisters were moving. They were coming to the same valley. Today would be fun. They were building a new barn! But the day turns into a disaster. Find out what happens in this exciting short book. Reading level: 2.5
It was a cold day in October 1858. It had been warm for many days. Then it turned cool. There was a breeze blowing across the water. Eighteen year old Ida Lewis stared out across the sea. There were three boys sitting in the boat. Another boy was up on the mast of the boat. It was rocking back and forth! Suddenly it turned over! Find out how Ida saves them in this 15-minute book. Reading level 2.5
Mary Fields got up early. It was a big day. Today Mary would enter a race. It was a race to see how fast you could hitch up horses to a wagon. If Mary won the race, she would get a job. Mary needed a job. She had no money. It was hard for a woman to get a job. It was even harder for a black woman who had been a slave. Find out if Mary gets the job in this fun 15-minute book. Reading level: 2.9.
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.
Ben Franklin was happy. It was going to be a GREAT day. After all, it was a holiday! He quickly finished his chores. Then he went out to play. Ben lived in Boston. It was not a big city 200 years ago. It was a small town. But there was still a lot for a boy of seven to see. Soon Ben met up with his friends. Find out how Ben's friends give him some copper pennies, and how he spends them. RL: 2.8
The night was dark. There was no moon. There was no light from stars in the sky. On the ocean under this dark sky was a boat. Sailors were on board. The boat’s name was PT109. PT stands for Patrol Torpedo Boat. The sailors on board the boat were very worried. A young sailor named John Kennedy was also aboard. Find out how Kennedy saves his crew in this 15-minute Heroes in History book. RL: 2.3
Henry Ford had a problem. Many people would think it was a good problem, but it was still a problem. What was his problem? Henry Ford was selling too many cars. Henry had made the first Model T in 1909. He made sure that it was cheap. He wanted anyone to be able to buy a car. He got a lot of people to sell it. Now they were selling too many. Henry could not make them fast enough! Reading level:2.9
It was 1856. Abbie, her mother and her sisters were eating dinner. Suddenly the kitchen became very dark. The wind rattled the windows. The shutters slammed against the lighthouse. Abbie ran to the window. The sky was dark. "Is it a storm?" Abbie's mother asked? She was very afraid. "Yes," Abbie said. Find out how Abbie takes care of the lighthouse in this 15-Minute Heroes in History Book. RL: 2.6
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!
Harriet Tubman was known as Araminta Ross when she was young. People called her Minty. One day she was working in the fields picking cotton. It was the summer of 1849 and it was hot! Minty saw the water boy coming. That was good. She could use a cool drink of water. When he reached her, he gave her a message. "Massa don sold you!" Find out how Minty escapes north in this exciting early reader. RL2
Some heroes walk on two feet! But there are some heroes who walk on four! This is the story of a four legged hero who saved many lives. He was a puppy who came to be known as "Sergeant Stubby." Stubby was found by soldiers training in the yard of Yale College. They were training to go to war! Children's book. Reading Level: 2.6.
The rainforest canopy sits near the top of the rainforest. It is filled with thousands and thousands of insects, animals and plants. Yet mankind has learned very little about this important part of our ecosystem. Without rainforests to replenish the oxygen in the atmosphere, the world would become a lot more polluted. Here are some amazing things we have discovered about the rainforest. RL:6.2
Saturn has seven rings and 62 moons. The rings orbit Saturn, creating shadow bands and rain on the planet. Most of the moons are outside the rings. A few moons are within and between the rings. Some of these tiny moons create and control the rings. They create gaps within and between the rings. They create fascinating structures and phenomena. Find out more in this short book.
Our galaxy contains about 200 billion stars. Astronomers believed that some of these stars must have solar systems with planets. They went looking – and found some. They call these planets extrasolar planets or exoplanets. Here are some fun facts about them. Ages 8 and up. Reading level: 6.9
All measurements in American and metric.
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
This is the fourth book in the exciting Courtney Case Mystery Series. Courtney is woken up on a Saturday morning and asked to solve the case of the missing A-man. Did Mack's sister Liesel take his A-man toy, or did something else happen to it? Ages 7 - 10. Reading level 3.0
Thomas Jefferson was a lawyer and farmer. He was wrote the Declaration of Independence and went on to become the third President of the US. Find out more about our third president and how he helped found the United States. Ages 10 and up. Reading Level: 7.5
John Adams was a farmer and lawyer. He was one of the Founding Fathers who pushed for Independence. He helped write and sign the Declaration of Independence and became America’s second President. But there are no memorials to John Adams in Washington. He is the Forgotten Founding Father. Find out more about our second president and how he helped found the United States.
How many times has your mom told you to eat your protein? She's right. It's important to eat protein every day. But do you know why?
What do proteins do for you? What are complete and incomplete proteins? Proteins are a source of heat and energy for the body. Your body can take protein and convert it to energy. That energy generates heat. Find out more in this short book. RL 5.7
Richard Plantagenet, King of England, was a brave soldier and a great Crusader. He won many battles against the Muslims in the Holy Land. He earned the name “Lionheart”, but he was not a good king. He didn’t like England. He spent about six months there during his ten year reign. He sold the country’s lands to the highest bidder to raise money for the Crusades. Learn more in this short biography.
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.
Ben Franklin was a writer, scientist, inventor and political leader. He was one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the U.S. He organized the first lending library and volunteer fire department. He established universities and hospitals. He also flew a kite in a thunderstorm to show that lightning was electricity. Learn more in this short bio
The Hudson River was once thought to be a northwest passage that joined to the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, a canal system opened up the center of America to settlement. The Hudson has spectacular valleys and dangerous waters. Land shifts have changed the course of the river. Much of the natural beauty of the land is now under the ocean. Learn more in this fun 15-minute book.
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!
The Seventeen-Year-Old Son of a Pennsylvania Railroad Official Tells the Moving Story of His Rescue
ONE of the calmest of the passengers was young Jack Thayer, the seventeen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Thayer. When his mother was put into the lifeboat he kissed her and told her to be brave, saying that he and his father would be all right.
Educational versions have CCSS activities.
My name is James Williams. I was born in 1825 in Elkton, Maryland. My mother was a slave, so I was a slave. I was born in the house of William Hollingsworth, my master. Read this true story of how James Williams escaped from slavery alone, when he was just a boy of thirteen. Educational Versions have activities added to meet Common Core Curriculum Standards.
Learn about the letter A in this new coloring book. With the help of this book you can learn:
To see the letter A in a word,
To write the letter A, and
To hear the sounds the letter A makes.
This book is a PRINTABLE pdf format book. Print the odd pages, turn them over and place them back in your printer, then print the even pages. Fold the book in half and staple it along the spine.
WOW! This is definitely a scary tale of horror...the kind that sends goose bumps up and down your spine. You can't put it down, even though some of the mental images it conjures up makes you want to. Well worth the read!