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July 29, 2014

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Joy Fleishhacker

About Joy Fleishhacker

Joy Fleishhacker is a librarian, former SLJ staffer, and freelance editor and writer who lives in southern Colorado. She spends most of her free time meeting the needs of the three voracious readers in her household.

Great Reads for Video Gamers

Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly

This lineup of gorgeous behind-the-scenes browsers, cool book and graphic-novel tie-ins, and magnetic YA novels that star gamers as protagonists is sure to reel in teens who spend their leisure time with game controller in hand.

Down by the Sea | Factual & Fictional Selections for Young Readers

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Covering 71 percent of Earth’s surface, home to a vast array of plant and animal species, inherently mysterious and largely unexplored, the ocean makes a fascinating topic for motivating investigations and stimulating imaginations.

Cool Correspondence | Great Books About Writing Letters

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The lost art of written communication is explored and celebrated in these lively picture books.

Juneteenth: The First Day of Freedom

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Angela Johnson and E. B. Lewis’s beautiful and evocative and ‘All Different Now’ (S&S, 2014) commemorates the first Juneteenth (June 19, 1865), when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the long-delayed news of emancipation.

Remembering D-Day

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Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, Allied troops launched an audacious assault on a 50-mile expanse of heavily defended coastline in Normandy, France. These resources on the historic event incorporate dynamic writing, stunning visuals, and plentiful primary source materials.

Welcome, Little One | Great Books about Babies

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Sometimes humorous, sometimes heartfelt, but never humdrum, these picture books are just right for siblings anticipating or adjusting to a new member of the household, kids with big questions, or youngsters who yearn to revisit the simple pleasures of babyhood.

Tom Cruise’s Sci-Fi Thriller and a Round-Up of Out-of-this-World Reads for Teens

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Edge of Tomorrow, an adrenaline-charged blockbuster, blasts into theaters on June 6. Whether dipping into time-touring paradoxes, unwelcome alien intruders, the perilous consequences of science misused, or warp-velocity adventure, the riveting reads assembled here will reel in moviegoers as well as genre enthusiasts.

Traveling the World Through Picture Books

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Whether describing a Brazilian boy whose dreams shine as bright as the stars, a youngster’s first rollicking ride on a matatu in Kenya, or a Jamaican girl’s satisfaction at mastering a difficult task, the titles offer glimpses at particular places and lifestyles while touching upon themes that will resonate with children everywhere.

Marvel Superhero Blowout: Captain America, Spiderman, and the X-men | Media Mania

Xmen No More Humans

This spring has brought a bumper crop of big-budget films about the adventures of shield-flinging, skyscraper-swinging, mutation-mastering heroes. Supercharge your holdings and movie tie-in book displays by including this selection of preludes, adaptations, story sources and inspirations, and suggested reads about popular Marvel characters.

World Cup Reads: Great Books About Soccer

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Energetic and moving titles to get footballers of all ages excited about the World Cup.

Great Books About Eggs and Chicks

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Bursting with a sense of exhilarating discovery, natural renewal, and out-and-out exuberance, these 12 lively books for young readers about eggs and chicks are just right for spring.

Trees! Environmental Lynchpins, Habitat Providers, Dream Inspirers

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This group of imaginative titles will be the source of numerous classroom projects, ranging from fact-based research papers about the highlighted species and role of trees in the environment to creative writing and art activities.

AMC’s New Series, ‘Turn’, and Electrifying Espionage Reads | Media Mania

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AMC’s new series, Turn, based on Alexander Rose’s Washington’s Spies, will certainly generate new interest in the American Revolutionary War. We’ve rounded up a great list of titles for teens to dig into when they come to you for more on the Culper Ring and this fascinating time in our nation’s history.

Storm Watch | Books About Weather

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From heat waves to hurricanes, recent events have ignited curiosity about our ever-changing weather. Share these titles with students to fuel their interest in a timely topic and support curriculum standards in earth systems science.

’300: Rise of an Empire’ Reinterprets Ancient History with 21st-Century Flair | Media Mania

300: Epic Xerxes

Fans of 300, closely based on Frank Miller’s superb graphic novel, will be thrilled with the March 7 release of 300: Rise of an Empire (R), also inspired by a graphic novel by Miller (the not-yet published Xerxes). This time, the combat action moves to the high seas.

How Do You Feel Today?: Great Books about Emotions

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Told with sensitivity, perception, and heartwarming humor, these recent picture books treat a range of experiences and feelings that are all part of a youngster’s everyday world. Share them with kids to build empathy, foster self-awareness, and invite discussion.

“Remember the Ladies” | Women Who Changed America

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Are you ready for Women’s History Month? Share these handsomely illustrated and well-written, these captivating volumes to introduce individuals who stared down stereotypes, hurdled over social boundaries, and utilized their unique talents and abilities to follow their dreams.

Vampires Get Schooled: Spine-Tingling Supernatural Reads for ‘Vampire Academy’ Fans

Vampire Academy Movie Tie-in

Percolating with fast-paced paranormal action and fang-sharp one-liners, Vampire Academy, an adaptation of the first volume of Richelle Mead’s popular young adult series, hits theaters on February 7, 2014. Film fans will be hungry to read—or reread—Mead’s source material, along with some recently released supernatural thrillers featuring fanged friends and foes.

A Heartfelt Holiday | Great Books for Valentine’s Day

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Sweeten up your holiday collections, storytimes, and classroom celebrations with a selection of recent books brimming with hearts and humor, kisses and cuddles, and loads of affection.

Presidents’ Day | Books for Celebration and Study

Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

Presidents’ Day (February 17, 2014) is just around the corner. Combining well-researched content with reader-pleasing formats, the handsomely illustrated titles presented here put the spotlight on America’s chief executives.