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These enchanted instruments hear a voice asking them to play a song. On the first try, they produce a set of clashing noises. But as the little voice coaches them, they learn their capacity for rhythm, melody, and harmony.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-3

820 words - $36.00


Winter is coming and the three pigs know they must build houses to keep warm. Little Brother Pig builds a strong house, but Big Brother and Sister Pig are lazy do as little work as possible. Will they be in for a nasty surprise?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-3

2,210 words - $42.00


A simple ride on a merry-go-round took Nikki and Shawna farther than they could have imagined—the future! They met a talking squirrel who urgently needed their help! Could saving one tree have such far reaching effects?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-3

3,211 words - $56.00


Kenny tries to learn his jumping and hopping skills, but he is hampered by his large tail. Some students make fun of him. But when he begins a karate class, he finds that his overgrown tail can actually help him excel!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-3

2,300 words - $63.00


Rex T. Rex and his friends play in their own band. Rex’s friends keep telling him he needs to practice, but he would rather watch TV and listen to his favorite rock star, Triple T. Triceratops. Will Rex be ready for their show?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-4

1,199 words - $30.00


If you were skipping through the forest, would you stop and talk to a big, bad wolf? Little Red’s parents warned her not to talk to strangers, and talking to a wolf is about as strange as you can get! But Little Red didn’t listen...


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-4

1,814 words - $33.00


It’s time for the Forest Festival, and everyone is baking their favorite pies to share … but someone is stealing the pies! Does someone have a greedy appetite, or is there actually a fun surprise for everyone?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-4

2,910 words - $64.00


Trent travels to New York and rides on all sorts of vehicles: a plane, a taxi, a subway, a boat, and a bike, and he learns how they work! After using different forms of transportation, which one does Trent like best of all?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-4

1,940 words - $36.00


After selling their only cow for a few beans, Jack climbs an enormous beanstalk, meets a fairy, encounters a giant, and saves the whole town on his quest to help his mother pay for food. How can a young boy become such a hero?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-4

3,306 words - $49.00


In this modern twist of The Ugly Duckling, Spencer realizes that he doesn't fit in. His friends try to help him with many make-over attempts, from braces to tattoos, but he simply doesn't look like the rest of his family!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-4

2,062 words - $56.00


In a funny reverse scenario, a germ magically comes alive talking to students to try and convince them if they want to get rid of the flu, they just have to give it away! A fun leason on how to NOT spread germs and Social Distancing. .


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-4

2,433 words - $69.30


What happens when playing tricks and pranks goes terribly wrong? Luke and his best friends discover that "getting even" with girls isn't as much fun as they thought when their third grade teacher finds her way into the mischief.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-5

3,975 words - $64.00


Mr. MacRicee is a man who loves ice cream. He eats it every day and enjoys all different flavors. Things are about to change, though, because Mr. MacRicee likes ice cream a little too much.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-4

2,721 words - $56.00


It’s hard to be different, especially if people can’t accept you the way you are. Princess Kristina was very tiny, so tiny she could stand up in her father’s hand. In a land far distant, a butterfly named Willow had a similar problem.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-4

2,902 words - $54.00


Ten-year old Natalie is just setting her goal of becoming a ballerina. She also happens to have a disability, and when several classmates make fun of her and tell her she can’t be a dancer, a new friend steps up to help.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-4

3,003 words - $42.00


Sundance, the new kitten in the family, has a lot to learn, especially since his recent run-in with the neighborhood bully cat. In a story that deals with working together against bullying, these cats have some pretty smart ideas.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-4

4,746 words - $70.00


Readers will be wrangled into this tale of how it’s never too late to make the right choices, when “Quick Whip Cowboy” uses his handy musical lasso to change the famous trouble-makers of the town into upright singing citizens!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

2,478 words - $49.00


In this positive retelling of a classic tale, a traveler comes upon a town facing a difficult depression. The townspeople are worried about feeding their families, but the traveler has a secret he hopes can help them out!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

2,001 words - $42.00


Did you know watermelons are super foods packed with vitamins? This is just what Mini learns when she wanders away from the vine. Discover Mini's superpowers and some interesting healthy facts along with this powerful little heroine!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

3,064 words - $49.00


Every year, each resident of Sleepytown contributes a patch to the town's gigantic patchwork blanket, and this year, the town is poised to win the award for creating the "Largest Blanket." Everyone is set to learn a thing or two about traditions ... and teamwork!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

3,175 words - $49.00


Namid is different from the other girls, especially her own twin sister. She loves to run in the forest like the boys. Soon it will be time for her to learn her given path in life. There is just one problem: she is sure that she will not be happy.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

2,836 words - $56.00


The Great Rhyme Travel Machine, Marcus and Melinda’s Invention Fair project, is designed to transport famous people from the past. Mysteriously and magically, it works and out come Amelia Earhart and Thomas Edison!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

4,061 words - $63.00


Kelly wants to run for class president, but realizing there’s never been a U.S. president with dark skin and long braids, she feels defeated. George Washington Carver and Shirley Chisholm travel through time to inspire Kelly!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

3,985 words - $63.00


With Rachel Carson and John Denver as time-traveling guests, this script teaches a valuable lesson on ways kids can help our planet. With meaningful rhymes and a catchy song, it will have readers “Going Green” with pride!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

5,864 words - $77.00


In this unique story, readers learn words in sign language with instructional pictures, and as well as a poem at the end of the story teaching complete phrases in sign language they would wish to say to a deaf person they meet!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

2,150 words - $50.00


Michael’s TV was broken, so when his friends invited him to practice sports with them, he reluctantly went along. He wasn’t good at any of them! When the kids decided to cool off in the pool, however, things were about to change!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

3,077 words - $49.00


A long time ago, there was a poor shoemaker who was a gifted artist, but was clumsy, and had trouble sewing the fine stitches of his designs. One night, three little elves came to visit, and seeing his plight, decided to help out.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

3,818 words - $49.00


What can a few little sea creatures possibly do against two large, fierce, and powerful sharks? You'd be surprised! These friends set off on an adventure in the warm waters of Brazil and encounter mysteries … and danger!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

4,212 words - $64.00


Frogs didn’t like fairies, and fairies absolutely never talked to frogs. Pixie Lou didn't understand why … but there was a horrible secret she would soon discover. It was definitely not a good idea for a fairy to be in the frog kingdom.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

4,507 words - $56.00


Remo loves his ordinary bear life in Woodfield, but his family is acting strange. His annoying sister is far too nice! Mother Bear talks too much and Father Bear hardly talks at all. Is all this fuss because he’s sick?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stage 4

5,771 words - $76.80


In this silly twist of the classic tale, Rumplestiltskin, Sir Knight has a problem with getting things straight. Because of his mixed up messages, Gwendolyn is locked in the King's cellar with a very mean little troll!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 1-5

4,508 words - $64.00


Armando is a master at inventing games, but he never knows when to stop! His friends challenge him to create ten new games in ten days, but this time, he inadvertently puts himself and his friends in danger!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

5,355 words - $72.00


Tyler was great at math, but what he really wanted to do was play baseball. Luckily for Tyler, the school janitor had been watching, and together they figured out a formula that would use Tyler’s strengths to his advantage.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

3,752 words - $42.00


This is the story of a brave mongoose who saves his garden from two evil cobras. Rikki-Tikki makes many friends in the garden, but two fierce cobras want him to leave ... and they aren't going to ask nicely.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-6

4,754 words - $49.00


Kayley and Madison’s father is ‘The Zesty Chef,’ who specializes in healthy cooking with whole foods. The family loves to experiment with science and food. With their science fair project, they discover a way to do both at once!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

3,398 words - $49.00


This motivating story is based on and written by famous sports entertainer Sandy "Spin" Slade. Students in this story make up a rapping basketball routine that readers actually get to perform in a group with a "mini-basketball."


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

6,317 words - $63.00


At Outdoors camp, Sarah and her friends discover an owl pellet, and Mr. Acorn gives them a lesson on the subject. When the key to Sarah’s diary goes missing, can the students solve the mystery using what they’ve learned?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

3,700 words - $63.00


Some of the planets are grumbling about their places in the solar system. When they contemplate trading their spots in the planet parade, will the solar system continue to operate like normal or will our planetary friends spin into chaos?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

3,080 words - $69.00


Dylan is sure that his studying paid off and that he did great on his math test. Imagine his surprise when the red numbers scribbled at the top of his test were the lowest he'd ever received! His teacher had written "PEMDAS!" alongside his score. What does that mean?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-6

3,170 words - $49.00


Everyone knows engineers are all a little zany, right? Well, maybe that’s not all there is to it! Follow Chris and his buddies as they are faced with a town crisis and realize that it’s up to them—the young people—to keep their dreams alive and find a practical solution.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-6

4,427 words - $63.00


King Tassel is throwing a ball to select one lucky lass to study at the Royal University! Questionella is elated … until she discovers she will have to pass a test! Readers will learn test-taking strategies as this tale unfolds.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

6,280 words - $69.00


Peter Pan is the hero of every child's imaginary adventures, and Neverland the destination of their dreams. Can ordinary children experience such flights of fancy? This retelling presents Captain Hook’s side of the popular tale.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-6

5,620 words - $79.00


It is the day of the great race, and all the snails are excited. Many of the runners have trained hard, but some snails think they can depend on their reputations and fancy equipment. Will popularity win this race?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

4,329 words - $56.00


What happens when you mix one cold, soggy, yet self-confident princess, one eccentric, cunning queen with a good dose of common sense, one intelligent, yet sarcastic royal servant, and 15 different ways to say the word "pea"?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

3,737 words - $49.00


Everybody knows that fairy tales aren't real, right? But what if you found yourself in the middle of one? Take "Hansel and Gretel,"—a house made of candies would be absolutely marvelous, wouldn't it? But what about the witch?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-6

5,514 words - $49.00


In this story a boy learns the benefits of becoming a vegetarian in a strange, magical way. He is taken by a dream to a magical island where he meets an unusual genie! This story is presented in rhyme and comes with a fun Mini Rap.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stage 4

1,758 words - $56.00


Jacob wishes his family didn't have to accept charity. He feels ashamed and powerless. When he receives a pair of bright red, hand-made mittens for his birthday, he only feels worse, but suddenly strange things begin to happen!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stage 5

5,743 words - $54.00


An array of adults can’t seem to rescue someone who's fallen down a hole. Thanks to a wise king’s simple gift and one child’s courage to step forward, a ball of string becomes a symbol for the power of cooperation.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stage 5

4,488 words - $95.60


For Luis, Soccer was his life! He believed he was the best player on the team, but no one else seemed to notice. Luis was jealous of Alejandro, so he did something drastic. How could Alejandro ever forgive him?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

4,229 words - $56.00


Five modern-day characters find themselves in a challenging situation. As they say the Lord’s Prayer together, they realize they can find God’s solutions to all their struggles entrenched within it. Story mirrors Pastor Rick Warren’s sermons.


6,278 words - $74.00


Showing up first in line for a big event, several characters agree that what they are waiting for is definitely on their "Top 10" list in life. When one of the characters reminds them of God's Top 10, what follows is a riveting discussion of the 10 most important laws of the Bible.


6,033 words - $74.00


After realizing that the rainforests of Brazil are not the place for her self-discovery, Ana travels to Rio where she finds her true fate: to be a ballerina! But snakes have no feet! How can Ana realize her dream of dancing?


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stage 5

7,861 words - $69.00


This story is based on the legendary search by the early Aztecs for the site of their homeland, the city of Tenochtitlan. Their persistence in the face of endless journeying is a tribute to their belief in a better future for their children.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 4-6

1,611 words - $91.20


The Pilgrims were willing to undergo much discomfort in order that their dearest wish for freedom could become reality. This story enables students to experience what life was like on the historic sea voyage of the Mayflower.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 4-6

1,984 words - $91.20


Billy loved anything mysterious. He would often go on adventures and pretend to be a wizard seeking the answers to life's funny riddles. Little did he know his curiosity was about to lead him into a truly magical world.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 2-5

7,726 words - $77.00


Billy and Casey dedicate themselves to researching the mysteries of old Mac Vervill's farm. As they study the magical waterfall, the exploding flower bulbs, and more, they feel they are on the verge of making a big discovery.


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-5

10,612 words - $84.00


Mac’s dog uncovers a Native American artifact, and Billy is more excited than ever to find out the origin of the farm’s magic once and for all. Meanwhile, Billy’s father is in on the secret and working on amazing scientific advances!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-6

8,473 words - $77.00


Filled with the most up to date anti-bullying ideologies, this story shows through the experiences of teenagers how bystanders have the power to stop a bully in a matter of seconds simply by standing up for the victim!


Playbooks Reading Levels - Stages 3-6