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Great Reads in Lexile Range 500

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Fossilized! Dinosaur Fossils by Kathleen Connors
"This fascinating history of dinosaur fossil finds shows readers, in great detail, how fossils form. Age-appropriate language and colorful photographs of dig sites and fossilized bones will immerse readers in the incredible field of paleontology and enhance exciting information about the prehistoric world."
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
"Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale."
Little Shaq by Shaquille O'Neal
"Seven-year-old Shaquille O'Neal, a talented basketball and video game player, learns to share the spotlight with his cousin Barry when the youngsters work together to earn money by watering plants."
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Little Shaq
Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by  Andrea Wang
"Every day, Ando Momofuku would retire to his lab--a little shed in his backyard. For years, he'd dreamed about making a new kind of ramen noodle soup that was quick, convenient, and tasty to feed the hungry people he'd seen in line for a bowl on the black market following World War II. Peace follows from a full stomach, he believed. Day after day, Ando experimented. Night after night, he failed. But Ando kept experimenting. With persistence, creativity, and a little inspiration, Ando succeeded. This is the true story behind one of the world's most popular foods."
March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hopper
"Three second-graders who love science get thrown in a wild spiral of adventures after meeting their reclusive neighbor, Dr. Gustav Bunsen. When Dr. Bunsen's growth ray hits a crate of animal figurines, the toys not only start growing but also come to life."
Overboard! by  Terry Lynn Johnson
"Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the Pacific off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips."
Rock Star by Kelly Starling Lyons
"Fourth-grader Jada's best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends. For Jada, rocks are easier to find than friends. Or are they?"
Series -
Jada Jones
Tales for the Perfect Child by  Florence Parry Heide
"A different version of this work was originally published in 1985 by Dell Publishing--Copyright page. ________ Vignettes of children whose less than desirable behavior is masked in insidious but acceptable ways."
The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau
Louie and Ralphie Ratso's dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough just like Big Lou, but every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. For Grades 2 - 4. Lexile 580
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
"The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs."
Third Grade Mermaid by  Peter Raymundo
"Cora the mermaid is having trouble with spelling, but if she wants to stay on the Singing Sirens swim team she has to get an A on her next test--so her mother gives her a magic diary that compels her to practice writing, while her friends explain to her the concept of studying."
Welcome Home! by Kristin Earhart
"Willa Dunlap and her younger brother, Ben, are new to Chincoteague Island. Their parents are busy planning the opening of a bed-and-breakfast, which gives the kids plenty of time to explore. But with so many new people and places to get used to, Willa worries Chincoteague will never, ever feel like home." For Grades 1 - 3. Lexile 590.
Updated 11/15/2019