Children's Book Author Mike Graf

Book Cover: Going Underground Book Cover: Wolves Book Cover: Tale of the Scorpion Book Cover: Glow Worms Book Cover: The Eye of the Grizzly Book Cover: How Does a Waterfall Become Electricity? Book Cover: Touch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the Glacier Book Cover: Whirlwind

Book List

I currently have over 80 published works in print.
The following is a list of some of the recognition my books have received:

2013  1st Place Honorable Mention: Children's Media Category- Association of Partners for Public Lands Media & Partnership Awards : My Yosemite
2012  Silver Medal Winner California Reading Association's Eureka! Awards: My Yosemite
2008 One of the 6 finalists for One Book Arizona Kid's Selection:
Tail of the Scorpion
2007 Teacher's Choice Award, Learning Magazine:
Danger in the Narrows
2007 Teacher's Choice Award, Learning Magazine: Tail of the Scorpion
2006 Finalist Best Children's Fiction Category, USABooks.com: Danger in the Narrows
2006 Finalist Best Children's Fiction Category, USABooks.com: Tail of the Scorpion
2004 Teacher's Choice Award, Learning Magazine:
History Pockets: Grades 4 - 6+, Explorers of North America
1997 ALA Reluctant Reader Choice:
Lightning and Thunderstorms

Book Cover: The AccidentThe Accident

Robbie gets to ride his bike to his own birthday party. He is filled with excitement as he heads to the roller skating rink. But on the way, an accident happens and things don't go according to plan

33 pages,  Published by Thomson Learning Australia
ISBN 0-17-012171-2

Book Cover: AfricaAfrica

Do you know where Mount Kilimanjaro is located?  Which region does the Nile River flow through?  Find out the answers to these questions and more when you read Africa.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1414-0

Book Cover: The Amazon RiverThe Amazon River

Flowing through the largest rain forest in the world is one of the world's greatest rivers.  The Amazon River discusses the source and outlet of the river, its history, people, and uses today.

32 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-2482-0

Book Cover: AsiaAsia

Did you know Asia is home to the world's tallest mountain?  Did you know that more people live in Asia than anywhere else in the world?  Read this book to find out more about the world's largest continent.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1416-7

Book Cover: Bears in CampBears in Camp

Mike, Brian and Enrique are having a great time camping in the mountains...until the arrival of an unexpected guest. Find out what happens through the comic book style of Bears in Camp.  It even comes with an audio CD single of the story, an added edge to the adventure of reading.

24 pages,  Published by Thomson Nelson

Book Cover: A Call in the WildA Call in the Wild

Parents can be so annoying!  Manuela's dying to get a cell phone, but her parents are totally against it.  They refuse to admit that carrying a cell phone could ever be a good idea.  Then Manuela brings her friend Erin on a family camping trip.  There, a quiet hike in the mountains takes a disastrous turn.  Will Manuela's adventure help her to convince her parents that cell phones are actually useful?

32 pages,  Published by Educators Publishing Service
ISBN 978-083883357-5

Book Cover: Cave StoryCave Story

Tim started feeling claustrophobic. Panic set in. He tried to turn around but there wasn't room. It was too tight and narrow. "Calm down," he told himself. He took a few deep breaths. Then he slid backwards using his hands and knees. Cave Story is an adventure story that interweaves fact and fiction. Readers will learn about cave exploration, etiquette, geology, and wildlife as they follow the exciting adventures of a young boy who is lost in a cave.

56 pages,  Published by Perfection Learning
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7891-2145-0
Paperback  ISBN 0-7891-2145-X

Book Cover: DamsDams

Ancient and modern peoples have used dams to harness the power of water to their benefit. In this book, learn everything you ever needed to know about this engineering marvel.

24 pages,  Published by MONDO Publishing
Paperback  ISBN 978-1-64064-192-1

Book Cover: Danger in the NarrowsDanger in the Narrows: Adventures with the Parkers- Bryce and Zion National Parks

Join the Parkers as they embark on their first national park adventure.  Twins, Morgan and James, explore the natural wonders of Bryce and Zion, journeying among the hoodoos and sleeping beneath the stars.  But the trip takes a turn for the worse in the treacherous Zion Narrows- can they rescue Dad from a dangerous fall?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7974-1

Book Cover: Dinosaur CanyonDinosaur Canyon

Mito and his father go into dinosaur canyon for a photo shoot. Mito isn't prepared for the effects the famous canyon seem to have on the toy dinosaurs they are taking pictures of. Mito sees strange and wonderful changes, will he and his father make it out of the canyon safely?

40 pages,  U.S. Published by Harcourt Achieve Inc.
ISBN 0-7578-9858-0

Book Cover: Dinosaurs?Dinosaurs?

A flash flood in the canyon leads to a dangerous moment for Jodie and Ben.  But soon they make a surprising discovery in the walls of a streambed.  After days of digging, the mystery is solved and Jodie gets an idea for her science project.

32 pages,  U.S. Published by Harcourt Achieve Inc.
ISBN 0-7578-6936-X

Book Cover: Dirt on My ShoeDirt on My Shoe

Jordan and Kaitlyn were hiking on the Rainbow Ravine Trail.  As they were walking along, Kaitlyn pointed to Jordan's feet.  "Are you sure you want to take those brand new tennis shoes out here?" she asked.  Dirt on My Shoe comes with an audio CD single of the story, an added edge to the adventure of reading.

24 pages,  Published by Thomson Nelson

Book Cover: Earth Works Teacher's GuideEarth Works: Science in a Nutshell Teacher Guide  (Grades 3-6)

Learn about the many landforms of Earth and the forces that affect their changing shapes.

This guide helps to create easy-to-manage science class units by providing:

• Science background information
• Teaching tips and management suggestions
• Strong assessment features including ongoing and pre- and post-Cluster assessments
• Blackline masters for Student Activity Guides and journals

Co-authored, this guide is written as an enhancement to the Earth Works: Science in a Nutshell Cluster Kit, which is a thematic science unit that includes materials and activities.

240 pages,  Published by Delta Education
ISBN 0-87504-390-9

Book Cover: Eureka! Discovering Gold in CaliforniaEureka! Finding Gold in California

In the mid-1800s, word of an incredible find spread through the world: There was gold in California! In this book, read how the Gold Rush was an important time in U.S. history.

24 pages,  Published by MONDO Publishing
Paperback  ISBN 978-1-64064-179-2

Book Cover: EuropeEurope

Do you know how many people live in Europe?  Do you know where the Alps are?  Find out the answers to these questions and more when you read Europe.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1418-3

Book Cover: Everglades National ParkThe Everglades

Water and plant life create a flowing "river of grass" throughout Everglades National Park.  Everglades' muddy swamps and creeks are home to a wide variety of plants and animals.  Visit the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live together.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover   ISBN 0-7368-2219-4

Book Cover: The EvergladesThe Everglades

The Everglades National Park in Florida is an unusual place.  It is a very wide, slow-moving river with grass growing all through it.  Rare animals live there, including panthers and large water-dwelling creatures called manatees.  The Everglades area was named a national park to protect it.  Today, families visit the Everglades to camp, row boats, and spot birds and amazing animals like alligators.

32 pages,  Published by Nelson Cengage Learning
Paperback  ISBN 978-0170369060

Book Cover:  Eye of the WhaleEye of the Whale: Adventures with the Parkers- Acadia N.P.

In this installment of FalconGuide's Adventures with the Parkers series, the Parkers journey to Acadia National Park in Maine where they explore the beautiful coastal waters and hike many of the park's finest trails, including to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the first place in the U.S. to see the sun rise every morning. They decide to end their trip by camping on an island within the national park, but when Mom tries to kayak back to the mainland, she gets beached on a remote island--and quickly discovers she is not the only one stranded there!

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-8262-8

Book Cover: Fossil River AdventureFossil River Adventure

Terrance Chang and his family are off to explore Fossil River National Park, a great place to search for dinosaur fossils.  Terrance loves dinosaurs, but his dinosaur science fair project didn't win a prize as he had hoped.  His dad thinks this family trip will be the inspiration Terrance needs to improve his project, and maybe win a prize next year.  Who knows what Terrance will discover on this adventure?

92 pages,  Published by Rigby
ISBN 0-7578-2028-X

Book Cover: GlacierGlacier

Travis and his mum and dad were hiking in Norway.  All was well until Mum put her foot on a step cut into the ice...  Find out what happens through the comic book style of Glacier.  It even comes with an audio CD single of the story, an added edge to the adventure of reading.

24 pages,  Published by Thomson Nelson

Book Cover: Glacier National ParkGlacier National Park

Take a hike on just one of the 700 miles of hiking trails in Glacier National Park and the beauty will captivate you.  The cascading waterfalls, turquoise-colored lakes, snow-capped mountains, and icy glaciers are just a few of the breathtaking sites you'll see at the park.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-2220-8

Book Cover: Glow WormsGlow Worms

What is a glow worm?  Why do glow worms glow?  Where do glow worms live?  Find out the answers to these questions and learn other exciting facts in Glow Worms.

24 pages,  Published by Educators Publishing Service
ISBN 0-8388-3331-4

Book Cover: Going to the SunGoing to the Sun: Adventures with the Parkers- Glacier National Park

In the eighth book in the Adventure with the Parkers series, the Parkers visit Glacier National Park in Montana. As they enjoy the waterfalls and uniquely sculpted mountains while the park's glaciers glimmer above them, the Parkers learn that because of global warming, the glaciers may not last that much longer.  During their family hikes they encounter a lot of wildlife, including moose, mountain goats, and grizzly bears, but the smoke and flames of summer fires may thwart their vacation plans.  Will Dad be able to bike over Going-to-the-Sun Road in celebration of his fortieth birthday?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7964-2

Book Cover: Going UndergroundGoing Underground: Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave

Join the Parkers as they go underground at Wind Cave, experience severe thunderstorms in the Badlands, and witness poachers illegally taking fossilized bones.  What will happen when the family spots the criminals on the Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore a few days later?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7968-0

Book Cover: Grand Canyon National ParkGrand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is up to 18 miles wide and more than 1 mile deep in some places, which makes it one of the largest canyons in the world.  The amazing thing is that this wonder was created mostly by the flowing waters of the Colorado River.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1375-6

Book Cover: Great Smoky Mountains National ParkGreat Smoky Mountains National Park

It's really not smoke rising off the mountains, but warm air turning to fog because of the cold mountain temperatures.  The Smoky Mountains are home to many interesting plants and animals, and are even known as the salamander capital of the world.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1376-4

Book Cover: Harrowing Ascent Of Half DomeHarrowing Ascent of Half Dome: Adventures with the Parkers- Yosemite National Park

The Parkers hit the trail once again, this time in Yosemite, one of the country's most popular parks.  Ten-year-old twins James and Morgan take in the beauty of the sequoia trees and attempt an ascent of the cables.  Will they make it to the top of the infamous Half Dome?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7973-4

Book Cover: History PocketsHistory Pockets: Explorers of North America
Learning® Magazine Teachers Choice Award 2004

Bring history alive as students make interactive projects- exploring mysteries of the past.  With History Pockets students are engaged in discovery, while creating portfolios for assessment and display. Grades 4-6.

96 pages,  Published by Evan-Moor
ISBN 1-55799-905-8

Book Cover: How Does a Cloud Become a Thunderstorm?How Does a Cloud Become a Thunderstorm?

How did ancient peoples explain thunderstorms?  How does the Sun send ocean water up into the clouds?  How do electric charges form in a storm cloud?  Find out the answers in this How Does it Happen? series edition. 

32 pages,  Published by Heinemann-Raintree
Hardcover  ISBN 978-1-4109-3444-4
Paperback  ISBN 978-1-4109-3452-9

Book Cover: How Does a Waterfall Become Electricity?

How Does a Waterfall Become Electricity?

What is the world's tallest waterfall?  How do dams help generate water power?  What happens when a waterwheel spins?  Find out the answers in this How Does it Happen? series edition. 

32 pages,  Published by Heinemann-Raintree
Hardcover  ISBN 978-1-4109-3448-2
Paperback  ISBN 978-1-4109-345-7

Book Cover: In the Land of Standing RocksIn the Land of Standing Rocks: Adventures with the Parkers- Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

In this adventure the Parkers journey to southeast Utah to see the "Land of Standing Rocks" and such prominent features as Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Park Avenue Skyline, the Needles, and much more.  They encounter mountain lions, a dive-bombing blue jay, and wicked desert weather along the way, but it's not until James makes a surprising discovery that they really connect with the region's colorful history.

ISBN  978-0-7627-7962-8
109 pages, Published by FalconGuides

Book Cover: Lightning and ThunderstormsLightning and Thunderstorms

What happens when a plane is hit by lightning?  Why does lightning look like a streak one time and a row of glowing balls another?  How do rocket ships create lightning as they fly?  These questions and many more are answered, as well as unforgettable personal accounts by people who have been struck by lightning.

61 pages,  Published by Simon and Schuster
ISBN 0-689-82018-6

Book Cover: Mammoth Cave National ParkMammoth Cave National Park

What lies in the passages of the world's longest cave?  Learn about blind cavefish, the Snowball Room, a gunpowder mine, and more in this book about Mammoth Cave National Park.  The full-color photos and maps make reading about this large cave and the area surrounding it easy and fun.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-2221-6

Book Cover: Measure for MeasureMeasure for Measure

What time is it?  How tall is that tree?  How far away is that mountain?  In what direction?  How much does that rock weigh?  Is there a storm coming?  Learn all about distance, time, weight, and weather in Measure for Measure.

33 pages,  Published by Rigby Education
ISBN 0-7578-6955-6

Book Cover: My YosemiteMy Yosemite

A complete guide to Yosemite National Park for young adventurers and their families.  A silver medal winner of the California Reading Association's Eureka! Award for excellence in nonfiction.
Ages 8 - 13

170 pages, Published by Yosemite Conservancy
ISBN 978-1-930238-30-5

Book Cover: MudslideMudslide

Jessica walked to the front of the room and chose a magazine...  She flipped through pictures of storms.  She closed the magazine and glanced outside.  It was raining harder then ever.  Suddenly, the school's loudspeaker came on.  Find out what happens through the comic book style of Mudslide.  It even comes with an audio CD single of the story, an added edge to the adventure of reading.

24 pages,  Published by Thomson Nelson
ISBN 978-0-1701-2683-0

Book Cover: National Parks America's Best IdeaNational Parks America's Best Idea

Learn about the National Park System.  Find out about the top ten most visited national parks, plus other parks as well.  Explore the role that people play in the national parks.

40 pages,  Published by Rigby
ISBN 0-7578-2020-4

Book Cover: National Parks ProjectsNational Parks Projects

Let National Parks Projects guide your students on a scenic adventure!  As students begin their tours of research and exploration, they'll gain the knowledge and expertise that qualifies them to become national park "rangers" for a day.  Using an integrated approach  that encompasses all curriculum areas, students prepare posters, charts, maps, speeches, debates, and displays to highlight their findings.  Students will be buzzing with enthusiasm as they creatively design ranger stations to feature their knowledge at a national parks fair.  From the ornate underworld of Carlsbad Caverns to the massive icy glaciers of Mount Rainier, students will be enchanted by the scenic wonders of our national parks, appreciate the delicate ecosystems, and gain fresh awareness of environmental issues and concerns.  Don't miss the adventure!  Pack your bags and join this exploration of natural wonder and beauty.

160 pages,  Published by Fearon Teacher Aids
ISBN 0853-934-4

Book Cover: The Nile RiverThe Nile River

The world's longest river is said to be the giver of life in Egypt.  Learn about this great river when you read The Nile River.  The book discusses the Nile's source and outlet, history, people, and uses today.

32 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-2484-7

Book Cover: Nonfiction Reading Practice Grade 5Nonfiction Reading Practice Grade 5

Nonfiction Reading Practice contains 20 units that provide practice with nonfiction reading and comprehension.  The unique format helps the teacher to better accommodate the varied reading levels within the classroom.  Each unit presents three articles on the same topic.  The articles progress in difficulty from easiest to hardest.  The level is shown on the student pages through the use of icons.  Each unit contains a teacher resource page listing suggested vocabulary to introduce.  Each unit also contains a visual aid suitable for reproduction as an overhead transparency. Each article is followed by a reproducible test page to assess comprehension and vocabulary.

The 20 units include topics from the following subject areas:

  • social studies

  • science

  • health and safety

  • mathematics

  • arts

  • biographies

177 pages,  Published by Evan-Moor
ISBN 1-55799-944-9

Book Cover: Olympic National ParkOlympic National Park

People think that Olympic National Park is like three parks in one.  It has glacier-capped mountain peaks, thick rain forest filled with some of the world's largest trees, and stretches for mile along the Pacific coast.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1377-2

Book Cover: Peril on Longs PeakPeril on Longs Peak: Adventures with the Parkers- Rocky Mountain National Park

In the seventh book in the Adventure with the Parkers series, the family heads to Colorado to visit the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park.  When the snow clears, the parks many famous sights are on display: Trail Ridge Road, spectacular wildflowers, elk, waterfalls, and unique alpine tundra.  The family's big adventure?  A hike up Longs Peak, a Colorado "fourteener."  But afternoon storms begin to pelt the family during their training hikes, and they begin to question the wisdom of a nighttime summit ascent.

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7970-3

Book Cover: Quake!Quake!

"When I first met Pooch at the Alexander's store, little did I know that he and I would soon be caught up in a terrible adventure together.  Two days later it hit.  Quake!"

71 pages, Published by Pearson Australia
ISBN 978-1-4425-2809-3

Book Cover: Ridge Runner RescueRidge Runner Rescue: Adventures with the Parkers- Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With their great-grandfather's journal as their guide, Morgan and James head east to the most visited national park in the country: the Great Smoky Mountains.  The twins and their parents backpack twenty-six miles along the Appalachian Trail, learning the park's unusual history and experiencing its amazing diversity- spotting both the synchronized fireflies and the world's largest salamander.  But will the adventure end when Morgan comes down with a mysterious illness?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7966-6

Book Cover: Rock ClimbingRock Climbing

Have you ever wondered about rock climbing?  What skills and techniques are needed to climb safely?  Do you know who some of the most famous rock climbers are?  What is it like to climb the cliffs, crags, and spires of Yosemite National Park?  Find out the answers to these questions and learn other exciting facts in Rock Climbing.

56 pages,  Published by Perfection Learning
ISBN 0-7891-6043-9

Book Cover: Rocky Mountain National ParkRocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is filled with tall, mountainous peaks, many which rise above the tree line where the weather is too harsh for trees to grow.  Yet the park is filled with many interesting plants, animals, and sites.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1378-0

Book Cover: Secrets of the SequoiasSecrets of the Sequoias: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Take your kids on an adventure with the Parker family to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California.  Sequoias are the largest trees in the world- imagine a tree that's one and a half times bigger than a Boeing 747!  And it grows from a tiny seed the size of an oatmeal flake!  How does a sequoia grow so big?  Tag along with the Parkers- twins James and Morgan and their parents - and learn all about sequoias as they hike among the giant trees, explore dark caves, scramble up huge granite domes, and cool off in the spray from amazing waterfalls.  They even climb to the top of 14,494-foot Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower forty-eight states.  There's a new adventure at every turn, from encountering black bears to meeting an old man who lives in a giant log!  Lace up your hiking boots and join James and Morgan as they uncover the Secrets of the Sequoias!

ISBN 978-1560376569
160 pages, Published by Farcountry Press

 

Book Cover: SomaliaSomalia

Have you ever wondered about life in another country?  What does the land look like?  What is it like to live there and go to school?  What foods are eaten and what clothes are worn?  What do the people do for sports and recreation?  How are holidays celebrated?  Find out the answers to these and other questions in Somalia.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1108-7

Book Cover: South AmericaSouth America

Do you know where the Amazon River is located? Have you always wanted to know where an alpaca lives?  Find out the answers to these questions and more when you read South America.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1421-3

Book Cover: StormStorm

Step inside Storm and find yourself in the eye of a hurricane.  Discover how wind causes catastrophic destruction.  Learn about firestorms, dust storms and sandstorms.  Read an account of taming a hurricane and imagine yourself as a storm chaser, tracking down a wild tornado.

128 pages,  Published by Templar Publishing
Hardcover  ISBN 978-1-84877-186-4

Book Cover: SwitzerlandSwitzerland

Have you ever wondered about life in another country?  What does the land look like?  What is it like to live there and go to school?  What foods are eaten?  What animals do they have?  What do the people do for sports and recreation?  How are holidays celebrated?  Find out the answers to these and other questions in Switzerland.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1109-5

Book Cover: Tale of  the ScorpionTale of the Scorpion: Adventures with the Parkers- Grand Canyon N.P.

The Parkers are back for another adventure in the Grand Canyon.  Morgan and James brave a steep twenty-one mile hike from rim to rim.  As they face heatstroke, exhaustion, and even a run-in with scorpions, they wonder, "Can we make the grueling climb to the top?"

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7965-9

Book Cover: The Eye of the Grizzly

The Eye of the Grizzly: Adventures with the Parkers- Yellowstone N.P.

Join the Parkers as they explore the wonders of America's first national park, Yellowstone.  Twins Morgan and James marvel over the geysers, thermal pools, and the vast array of wildlife.  But when they come face to face with a grizzly, what will they do?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN  978-0-7627-7972-7

Book Cover: To the Top of the GrandTo the Top of the Grand: Adventures with the Parkers- Grand Teton N.P.

In this latest installment of FalconGuide's Adventures with the Parkers series, the Parkers journey to Grand Teton National Park. While there they see moose, grizzly bears, elk and other animals while hiking the Teton Crest Trail, one of the most beautiful backpacks in the country. But when the parents hire a guide and attempt to scale the Grand Teton, things get dicey in the extreme mountain environment. Will they make it safely to the top--and back down again?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN
 978-0-7627-8274-1

Book Cover: Tornado!Tornado! The Strongest Winds on Earth

Tim heard the faint sound of the loudspeaker- "Ladies and Gentlemen!  A tornado has touched down near Elm Street, just a few blocks south of the school..."  Tim panicked.  Elm Street!  His neighborhood!  His house!

56 pages,  Published by Perfection Learning
Hardcover ISBN 0-7807-7860-X
Paperback ISBN 0-7891-2871-3

Book Cover: Tornado WatchTornado Watch

A non-fiction book on the fascination of studying, chasing, observing, photographing and learning all about tornadoes--which produce the strongest winds on earth.

24 pages,  U.S. Published by Harcourt Achieve Inc.
ISBN 0-7578-9844-0

Book Cover: Touch of the Tidepool, Crack of the GlacierTouch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the Glacier: Adventures with the Parkers, Olympic National Park

Join the Parkers as they journey to Olympic National Park in the Pacific Northwest, where they explore the tide pools along the coast, hike through Olympic's dense rain forest, and experience the famed alpine scenery and immense glaciers.  Treacherous mountain terrain could stop them in their tracks.  Could it prove to be ultimately too dangerous?

96 pages, Published by FalconGuides
ISBN 978-0-7627-7969-7

Book Cover: Two Makes OneTwo Makes One

Simon and Monty have been rock climbing for years. But Simon can't walk and Monty can't hear well. How do they get up that rock? How do they work together and communicate as a team? And this time, when they climb, Simon discovers that there is more to the cliff they are scaling than the guides know about.

32 pages,  Published by Thomson Learning Australia
ISBN 0-17-011697-2

Book Cover: Underground AdventureUnderground Adventure

Floating in a stream, deep underground, is a vacation adventure for Nina and her parents.  They marvel at the glowworms in the caves and paddle through the eerie tunnels.  But then Nina gets separated from the rest of the group.  Alone in the dark, she wonders if she will ever get out.

32 pages,  U.S. Published by Harcourt Achieve Inc.
ISBN 0-7578-6937-8

Book Cover: WaterWater

Water moves between earth and sky in a cycle of vapor and rain.  Since ancient times people have come up with ways of moving water to where it is needed.  We need to save water and keep it clean so that all living things can survive.

33 pages,  U.S. Published by Harcourt Achieve Inc.
ISBN 0-7578-6915-7

Book Cover: Water World Teacher GuideWater World: Science in a Nutshell Teacher Guide  (Grades 3-6)

Learn about the Earth's water, what lives in water, its properties, and its cyclical characteristics.

This guide helps to create easy-to-manage science class units by providing:

• Science background information
• Teaching tips and management suggestions
• Strong assessment features including ongoing and pre- and post-Cluster assessments
• Blackline masters for Student Activity Guides and journals

Co-authored, this guide is written as an enhancement to the Water World: Science in a Nutshell Cluster Kit, which is a thematic science unit that includes materials and activities.

240 pages,  Published by Delta Education
ISBN 1-58356-350-4

Book Cover: The Weather ReportThe Weather Report: Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and Experiments

Teach your class the hows and whys of the weather- and also teach them elementary physics and geography along the way.  Through more than 80 reproducible worksheets (with answer keys) and dozens of experiments, your students will learn how to read thermometers and barometers, why humid days feel so hot, how to identify different clouds, and much more.

159 pages,  Published by Science Kit & Boreal Laboratories
ISBN 0-8224-7511-1

Book Cover: The Weather Report (Japanese Translation)The Weather Report: Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and Experiments (Japanese Translation)

Teach your class the hows and whys of the weather- and also teach them elementary physics and geography along the way.  Through more than 80 reproducible worksheets (with answer keys) and dozens of experiments, your students will learn how to read thermometers and barometers, why humid days feel so hot, how to identify different clouds, and much more.

160 pages,  Japanese translation published by arrangement with Simon & Schuster Education Group through The English Agency (Japan) Ltd.
ISBN 4-491-01326-8  Printed in Japan

Book Cover: Weather Scienceworks for KidsWeather: Scienceworks for Kids (Grades 4-6+)

Weather presents information and hands-on investigations on the following concepts:

  •      How weather changes from day to day and over the seasons

  •      How to describe weather conditions in measurable quantities

  •      How water circulates through Earth’s atmosphere

  •      How clouds directly affect weather

  •      How climate is affected by Earth’s features

  •      How local weather conditions can be used to forecast weather

80 pages,  Published by Evan-Moor
ISBN 1-55799-832-9

Book Cover: Whale RescueWhale Rescue

Two teenagers wake up early to catch some waves.  They head to their favorite beach right at sunrise to be alone at sea.  Today, to their surprise, their little cove is inhabited by a stranded whale.  The surfers spring into action.  Can they save the whale?

40 pages,  Published by Educators Publishing Service
ISBN 0-8388-3342-X

Book Cover: What Could It Be?What Could it Be?

"Look closer, look closer. Over here, over there. At things on the ground and up high in the air."  What's that?  What could it be?  What do you see?  Explore nature and find out what's out there in this early childhood picture book.

16 pages,  Published by Rigby
ISBN 0-7578-1705-X

Book Cover: What Happened to Bodie?What Happened to Bodie?

Bodie is one of the best-preserved ghost towns in the Western United States.  In What Happened to Bodie you will find out about the Gold Rush and the search for gold in the hills of Bodie, as well as Bodie's progress from bustling mining town to dusty ghost town.

32 pages,  Published by Rigby
ISBN 0-7578-1993-1

Book Cover: WhirlwindWhirlwind

One windy day, when Matt and Dad are out flying a kite, they see storm clouds approaching.  The sky grows darker and thunder rumbles in the distance.  A small piece of cloud starts spinning down toward the ground.  Dad realizes that this is no ordinary storm.  "That's a full-blown tornado!" he cries.

32 pages,  U.S. Published by Harcourt Achieve Inc.
ISBN 0-7578-6893-2

Book Cover: White-Water KayakingWhite-Water Kayaking

White-water kayaking is a fun and dangerous sport.  Learn about slalom races, freestyle rodeo kayaking, and wildwater racing.  Discover kayaking techniques including the Eskimo roll and the eddy turn. Learn about the equipment you need, the techniques to use, and the safety and conservation measures that will ensure a great adventure.

48 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-2413-8

Book Cover: Wolves

Wolves

"Wolves don't live in this park any more.  They were hunted to extinction in this area over 80 years ago"...  While camping out in Glacier National Park, Kaitlyn and her dad notice some very odd things- paw prints, half-chewed animal bones.  It all points to wolves.  But there haven't been wolves in the park for a long time.  So what's been doing all that howling at night?

32 pages,  Published by Rigby Education
ISBN 0-7578-6892-4

Bookcover: WildfireWildfire

Scott is home alone on a Saturday afternoon, watching his favorite weather presenter give a report on the southern California fires.  Pushed on by the hot, dry Santa Ana winds, the fires move quickly towards Scott's neighborhood, and soon the residents have to evacuate.  Will Scott be able to save his cat, Mittens, and reunite with his family before it is too late?

48 pages,  Published by Nelson Cengage Learning
ISBN 978-0170373128

Book Cover: The World's Best PlacesThe World's Best Places: New Ways to Explore Diverse Cultures and Environments

Now you can foster an appreciation of the world's diverse cultures and environments at the same time that you teach science and social studies. The World's Best Places offers an intriguing alternative to traditional upper elementary and middle school lesson plans, using thirty-two of the world's most popular natural national parks as a springboard for activities.

The activities in this book are divided into chapters that deal with particular topics of study: wildlife, plantlife, geography, and geology. The book can be easily organized around your own curriculum and is as flexible as you want to make it. You can explore the volcanic activity of a particular park to support a science unit on geology; or examine the effect of human activity on the environment to complement a social studies inquiry. Step-by-step instructions illustrate how the activities can be implemented to teach a range of other topics including:

* glaciers * endangered species * indigenous cultures * forest preservation and destruction * ecosystems * biological diversity * and much more.

In short, The World's Best Places will help you lead your students from curiosity to experience, from questions to knowledge, and from information to grand classroom displays.

114 pages,  Published by Heinemann
ISBN 0-325-00003-4

A Year of Change

Ashley is the star of her track team.  She's got a bright future ahead of her, including an athletic scholarship to college.  Life is looking great- until Ashley suffers a horrible accident.  Will she have to give up her dream of becoming a professional athlete?  In a year full of changes, how will Ashley cope?

40 pages,  Published by Educators Publishing Service
ISBN 978-083883347-6

Book Cover: Yellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park

Early explorers were amazed by Yellowstone's boiling mud volcanoes and explosive geysers.  As news of these strange features spread, people knew that the area should be protected for future generations to see.  Thus the idea of national parks was born as Yellowstone became the first national park in the world.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1379-9

Book Cover: Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill meant to protect Yosemite Valley's scenic beauty.  Never before had the U.S. government set land aside just for people's enjoyment.  Learn why more than 3 million people now visit Yosemite National Pak each year.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-1380-2

Book Cover: Zion National ParkZion National Park

Discover what makes the Weeping Rocks weep and how one of the world's largest arches formed in this book about Zion National Park.  See the beauty of Zion's hanging gardens, river canyons, and rock formations found along Zion's many hiking trails.

24 pages,  Published by Capstone Press
Hardcover  ISBN 0-7368-2222-4

Additional Short Works:

Literacy Cards: Population Boom, Climate Change, Hadron Collider, Deserts by Mike Graf, Cengage Learning, 2012

Fighting Global Warming by Mike Graf, Tighe Publishers, 2009

The Making of Hoover Dam by Mike Graf, Tighe Publishers, 2004

Dinosaur Extinction by Mike Graf, Tighe Publishers, 2004

Islands of Freedom by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 4: Volume 1, ISBN 0-7578-1336-4

Grandfathers Remember by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 4: Volume 1, ISBN 0-7578-1336-4

The Trap by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 4: Volume 2, ISBN 0-7578-1337-2

Special Effects, Specially Done by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 4: Volume 2, ISBN 0-7578-1337-2

Danger Lurks Underground by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 4: Volume 4, ISBN 0-7578-1339-9

Fairy Tales in the Dark by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 5: Volume 1, ISBN 0-7578-1340-2

Spelunking Adventure by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 5: Volume 1, ISBN 0-7578-1340-2

Andy Wampler, Daydreamer by Mike Graf, Rigby Literacy: Comprehension Quarterly, Grade 5: Volume 4, ISBN 0-7578-1343-7


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