Education

Decoding CollegeDecoding College • A slice-of-life, college exposure guide aimed at first-generation college students and their families. Decoding College provides a comprehensive guide to the basics of the college admissions, selection and enrollment processes while specifically focusing on issues unique to students of color, low-income students, and underrepresented students. Unlike the multitude of college guides available on the market today, Decoding College utilizes students’ first-person accounts of their journey…  more

 

Ancient Universal Language of ManAncient Universal Language of Man: Deciphering Petroglyphs • by Chris Hegg | Get ready to witness and unlock the first messages left from the ancient civilizations who vanished without even being known to exist until now! These messages detail maps and sagas of a once worldly empire who traded in goods of unimaginable quantities from all over the American continent too far off lands. …. more

 

The Wichita IndiansThe Wichita Indians: People of the Grass House • by Susan A. Holland and photography by Mike Rooney | The Wichita Indians shared the Great Plains, in the central United States, with a variety of animals, including millions of bison, elk, and birds. The Wichita built their homes of poles and prairie grass, which grew up to 12 feet tall. These unique, beehive-shaped grass houses were exclusive to the Wichita, housed extended families, and could last up to 14 years. Tools, fashioned from chert and bison bones, were used to construct homes and cultivate garden plots… more

 

RtI: The Forgotten Tier cover front thumbnailRtI: The Forgotten Tier • A Practical Guide for Building a Data-Driven Tier 1 Instructional Process • by Joanne Klepeis Allain and Nancy Chapel Eberhardt | Designed for teachers and administrators grappling with the development and implementation of Response to Instruction and Intervention, more commonly referred to as RtI. In our effort to translate the intent of RtI into practice, our observations and experiences with hundreds of educators have led us to focus on Tier 1. Even though what to use, when to use it, and how to access intervention in Tiers 2 and 3 are essential questions in an RtI model, we focus on the Tier 1 classroom as the foundation of a successful RtI implementation. … more

 

Symbolism cover front thumbnailSymbolism of Petroglyphs and Pictographs • near Mountainair, New Mexico, the Gateway to Ancient Cities • by Susan A. Holland | With no written alphabet, records of the Southwest Native Americans were kept in the form of either petroglyphs or pictographs on rock surfaces. By examining their symbolism, we are able to gain significant insight of their existence, a deeper understanding of their spiritual and ceremonial beliefs, and a glimpse into their daily lives. …  more

 

Front Cover of In God We TrustedIn God We Trusted: Pioneer Stories from kansas by Roy Bird | Popular stories of Kansas history in large print for easier reading describes this collection. Roy Bird has been capturing the essence of Kansas through the lives of its residents for over thirty years and continues to educate and entertain with the 25 stories, tales, and episodes featured in this book from his home state’s past…  more

How to Teach Reading Skills to Students with DisabilitiesHow to Teach Reading Skills to Students with Disabilities • by Dr. Oumou Traore | This book offers a simple approach for all ages which provides a comprehensive reading method and technique to struggling readers. It helps students acquire reading skills through lessons tailored and designed specifically for students with disabilities as well as English language learners. The book features short lessons, reading patterns, practice exercises for all learning styles, lesson reviews, and lesson tests… more

 

Dying Is a Hard Thing to DoDying Is a Hard Thing to Do • by Sean Ferguson | This book is a personal account of a loved one’s death due to cancer and her struggle with the American medical system. We rely on our professional medical caregivers to provide truthful information and advice to help match personal choices with medical alternatives and realities, especially when we must make difficult end of life decisions. … more

 

Snoozby and the Great Big Bedtime BattleSnoozby and the Great Big Bedtime Battle • by by Terry Cralle, RN, MS, CPHQ and W. David Brown, PhD, DABSM, CBSM | Sam “fights” bedtime to stay awake and play, Snoozby “defends” sleep and the bedtime battle ensues. While Sam may win the bedtime battle that night, he loses the war when his day at school is completely disrupted due to his lack of sleep…. more

 

Hear my VoiceHear my Voice • An Old World Approach to Herding • by Lynnette Rau Milleville | One of the few herding books available today that focuses on the training and use of sheep dogs working in the traditional European style. This style, often called “tending” to distinguish it from the “gathering” style of Border Collies, Kelpies, Australian Shepherds and other similar breeds, is still found in rural European communities, from France, to Sardinia, to mainland Italy, to Switzerland, and to the countries of the old Soviet bloc. This book, reveals the tending style developed  … more

cover-vest-front-115The Traveling Herding Teacher • by Bob Vest as told to Kathleen Freeman Kelly | The Traveling Herding Teacher contains the teachings of Bob Vest, a herding dog trainer in high demand, who traveled endless miles and conducted hundreds of clinics and private lessons annually. Before Bob’s passing in 2009, he traveled to Scotland to have his teachings put together as a collaboration with Kathleen Freeman Kelly. The result is a collection of herding concepts, philosophy, and instruction that represents his years of development and experience as a stockman, herding judge, and herding instructor. …  more

 

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Resistance to Learning • How People Cope with Perceived Threats • by Patricia Dowling Froggett, Ph.D. | Designed to flow logically from the initial recognition of an issue, through exploration of the experience, and its causes and effects, leading to a set of recommended actions to avoid the issue, or mitigate its effects. A scholarly work suitable for use as a supplemental text in an education curriculum. Resistance to Learning provides critical knowledge helping educators and trainers address hostile resistant behavior in the learning environment. Hostile resistance is commonly experienced and potentially very harmful to the classroom learning environment and the instructor’s composure, credibility, and feelings of self-worth, yet few instructors are equipped to deal with the issue. New, and even veteran teachers, are often not prepared to address hostile resistance and are surprised when confronted with the issue. … more

 

Children’s Learning Books

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A Home in AmericaA Home in America: A Volga German Story • The Mueller family, descendants of the Germans who settled the Volga River area in Russia in the mid-1700s, turn to America to escape Russia’s enforced military service. Told through the eyes of twelve year old Eva, the story chronicles the hardships of their travels by land and sea to America and their resettlement on the Kansas plains…  more

 

No Weeds, No Bugs, No BunniesNo Weeds, No Bugs, No Bunnies • by Jerilynn Henrikson | Jerilynn Henrikson and Patty Kahn have teamed up to create a series of early readers featuring Joe and his adventures with gardening. Any gardener knows that planting a garden takes determination. It seems problems always come up like weeds… or bugs… or bunnies… more

 

The Galvanized YankeeThe Galvanized Yankee • by Roy Bird | To escape the dreadful conditions of a Union prison camp, a young captured Confederate becomes a “Galvanized Yankee”—a member of the United States Volunteers, regiments of Southern prisoners of war formed to protect white settlers from Indians on the Western frontier… more

 

Snoozby and the Great Big Bedtime BattleSnoozby and the Great Big Bedtime Battle • by by Terry Cralle, RN, MS, CPHQ and W. David Brown, PhD, DABSM, CBSM | Sam “fights” bedtime to stay awake and play, Snoozby “defends” sleep and the bedtime battle ensues. While Sam may win the bedtime battle that night, he loses the war when his day at school is completely disrupted due to his lack of sleep…. more

 

I Get to Be MeI Get to Be Me • by Grant Kollman | A young boy, who doesn’t want to go to school because of all the adversity he faces from bullies and others, would rather stay at home where through his imagination he can have amazing adventures and avoid being the person he really is. By discovering that being himself is an adventure, he realizes the many wonderful events and friends he’ll miss if he doesn’t go out and be himself!… more

 

How a Boy Earned His NameHow a Boy Earned His Name • by Susan Holland | In the 1400s, a Native American boy growing up in what is now known as the Southwestern United States had to earn his name by accomplishing a notable feat. Historical tradition and petroglyphs are the basis for this exciting tale of a boy on his journey to acquire a name for himself…  more

 

Whats Different Whats the Same cover front thumbnailWhat’s Different … What’s the Same? • by Jamie Moore Chapel and Nancy Chapel Eberhardt | Vivid and engaging photographs explore the concepts of same and different. Youngsters are invited to use what they know about color, texture, shape and weight to observe how objects change. An answer key presents the surprise discovery that all pairs of objects weigh the same, providing a unique introduction to conservation of mass. … more

 

Little Ike cover front thumbnailLittle Ike • Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Abilene Boyhood • by Roy Bird and illustrated by Gwen Battis | This beautifully illustrated book about Eisenhower’s youth is more than a children’s picture book. It is filled with the rich biography of one of America’s most remembered presidents. Included is a section for older readers taking a deeper look into his entire career plus helpful references and Internet links for further research. … more

 

Hark! I Hear a MeadowlarkHark! I Hear a Meadowlark! • by Roy Bird and Kim Harp, illustrated by Gwen Battis | “Hark! I hear a meadowlark. And the meadowlark hears me.” Follow along as two small children discover numerous Kansas symbols using all five senses. … more

 

Echoes of Kansas Past cover front thumbnailEchoes of Kansas Past • A Travel Through Time • by Eunice Boeve and illustrated by Julie Peterson-Shea | Travel back in time with fourth grade twins, Jack and Mollie, in this illustrated chapter book and meet those who are now part of Kansas history. Among their experiences: living as Kanza Indians in 1620, riding an orphan train where new parents await the children, hiding with other scared runaway slaves in a dark cellar and meeting Abraham Lincoln, witnessing discrimination as first grade classmates of Langston Hughes in a non-integrated school, arriving at Fort Riley where they meet Comanche, the famous horse of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, again becoming Indian children in the harsh early days of the Haskell University, and attending a dance where they hear the first ever rendition of the state song, “Home on the Range.” … more

Joe and Pam Make JamJoe and Pam Make Jam • Joe is growing up, and so are his readers. In Book 3 of the Joe the Gardener series, big brother Joe enlists the help of his lively little sister, Pam, in planting strawberries to make some jam. Joe is the “expert” but Pam keeps him on his toes with her questions…  more

 

Seeds, Leaves, Fruits, and RootsSeeds, Leaves, Fruits, and Roots • by Jerilynn Henrikson | Join Joe in Book 2 of a three volume series about his continuing adventures with gardening. Thanks to his pup, Moe, he finds his lost new hoe, and the veggie growing begins! Joe is growing too, and so will young readers as they expand vocabularies and ideas. Joe loves to share what he grows with his family and their lively, diverse community. Jerilynn Henrikson’s clever use of language and Patty Kahn’s colorful illustrations provide sparks to fire young imaginations… more

 

It's Hard to Hug a CowIt’s Hard to Hug a Cow • About a Registered Red Angus cow that is not just seen through the eyes of a human as a milk producing, profit making animal but as a friend. It’s Hard to Hug a Cow starts out with realistic pencil drawings going to cartoon drawings with comedic intent during the anticipated act of hugging this adorable critter. This is a fun book for those who love farm animals not to mention the Registered Red Angus raisers…  more

 

Trainity Tales of Tresia - Book ITrinity Tales of Tresia: A Most Remarkable Hat (Book I) • by J.A. McPhail | All her life Winifred Dalen has heard fantastic stories passed down from her grandmother and aunt about a mysterious universe and a secret family gift. But are the stories real? Now that Winny has turned twelve, it’s time for her to choose to believe or not. If she accepts them as truth, Winny has been told she will begin an amazing and magical journey… more

 

BreadBread! Bread! Bread • by Gloria Creed-Dikeogu | Bread! Bread! Bread! is a simple, yet colorful children’s story set in Cape Town, South Africa, during World War II. Mama sends Tietie, the eldest of seven children, to the Indian store to fetch bread. On her way to the store, Tietie finds that the bread truck has met with an accident… more

 

Maggie Mae's Hare-Brained DayMaggie Mae’s Hare-Brained Day • by Deb Jackson | You wouldn’t believe how hard a jack rabbit can kick! Maggie Mae finds out the hard way. She chases that trespassing hare into his rabbit hole and gets thumped on the head, just for doing her job! Now with a sore nose and throbbing brain, she heads home through the pasture to her sister, Holly, for help. When they put their heads together they come up with a surprising lesson! Two wrongs, don’t make a right!… more

 

Wishing You HomeBig Brutus, the Kansas Coal Shovel • by Brenda Eck, illustrated by Jessie Pohl | Big Brutus put the oooohs and aaahs in the backyard of the Heartlands! Miles before you reach this retired giant, you can see it on the horizon south of West Mineral, Kansas…more

 

Wishing You HomeWishing You Home • by Eunice Boeve | How do you make a banana split? The answer? Step on it. That is one of the jokes ten-year-old Bobby Benson and his dad, fighting in Germany in this last year of WWII, send in their letters. Wishing You Home begins with the news that Bobby’s best friend’s dad has been killed in the war. Bobby’s fear for his own dad’s safety increases…more

 

Maggie Rose and SassMaggie Rose and Sass • by Eunice Boeve | Maggie Rose and Sass explores the differences between two races and the culture of the times. The novel is set in 1888 in a fictional town based on Nicodemus, Kansas, a town settled eleven years earlier by ex-slaves from Kentucky. Life in Georgia with an ugly-tempered, racist grandmother has not prepared the orphaned Maggie Rose for Solomon Town whose citizens are almost all black. Sass has lived all her life in Solomon Town, the daughter of an ex-slave mother and a free-born, educated, mixed-race father. Raised in such totally different cultures, the two girls are bound to clash…more

 

Teddy cover front thumbnailTeddy, the Ghost Dog of Red Rocks • by Jerilynn Henrikson | Teddy, the William Allen White family’s fox terrier died in 1923. In this mix of history and imagination, the author uses Teddy’s ghost to tell his version of the family history. Family members, neighbors, and state historical society employees have experienced Teddy’s “presence” at Red Rocks to this day …  more

 

The Summer of the Crow cover front thumbnailThe Summer of the Crow • by Eunice Boeve | Dust storms, rabbit drives, hobo camps, and riding on freight trains were all a part of life for many throughout the Midwest during the Great Depression. Polio and many other diseases had not yet been conquered and the huge dust storms that killed livestock and ruined crops also caused life-threatening respiratory ailments, such as asthma and pneumonia. In the spring of 1935, thirteen-year-old Brady Foster’s family is forced to leave their “dusted out” wheat farm in southwest Kansas when his mother’s asthma takes a turn for the worst … more

Dawn of Day cover front thumbnailDawn of Day • by J.A. McPhail and illustrated by Gwen Battis | An engaging introduction to a little-known part of Kansas history—the pre-Civil War immigration of abolitionists into the Territory to help “Bleeding Kansas” join the Union as a free state.  … more