During the early 1700s, Father Junípero Serra left Spain to become a Franciscan missionary in the New World. He helped settle California by building Spanish missions along the coastline. He converted many Native Americans to Christianity. Today, Father Junípero Serra is often remembered as the Apostle of California. These popular readers include easy-to-read information, fun facts and trivia, humor, activities and a whole lot more. They are great for ages 7-12 (grades 2-6), because although simple, these readers have substance and really engage kids with their stories. They are great for social studies, meeting state and national curriculum standards, individual and group reading programs, centers, library programs, and have many other terrific educational uses.