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The Legend of the Dipper
Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
A little girl hurries to bring a dipper full of water to her mother.
J. Patrick Lewis
A speaker describes the experiences of Civil Rights activist Sylvia Mendez, as a child.
What is Antarctica?
NASA explores one of Earth’s icy continents, Antarctica.
Kayvan the Brave
A weaver’s apprentice becomes a well-known warrior.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit doesn’t listen to his mother when she warns her children not to go in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Learning about the Solar System
Barbara Radner discusses what scientists know about our solar system.
Stephen Bishop: Cave Explorer
Judith Boogaart discusses Stephen Bishop’s exploration of Mammoth Cave.
Barbara Radner describes how astronauts take food into space.
A boy and his mother help a slave escape to the North.
At the Zoo
William Makepeace Thackeray
The speaker describes the animals they see during a visit to the zoo.
Omer's Big Dive
Lucinda H. Kennaley
A boy goes on his first dive for pearls in the Arabian Gulf.
The Biggest Little Artist in the World
LeeAnn Blankenship discusses a famous artist who creates amazing tiny sculptures.
Dancing Towards Dreams
This text describes the journey of Misty Copeland, the first African American woman to become the principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.
Treasures in a Pinecone
Jan Black discusses why pinecones open and close.
The Cave That Talked
Jyoti Singh Visvanath
A lion waits in a cave to eat a jackal.
Baseball’s Girl Umpire
Amanda Clement was the first woman paid to umpire a baseball game in 1904.
Money Tells a Story
John Jones found Confederate money that showed slaves smiling as they worked and wondered why.
A Simple Gift
A boy makes a plan for when he meets President Abraham Lincoln at the train station.