April 27, 2017

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Joy Fleishhacker

About Joy Fleishhacker

Joy Fleishhacker is a librarian, former SLJ staffer, and freelance editor and writer who works at the Pikes Peak Library District in southern Colorado.

Gardens Galore: Embrace Spring with These Great Books

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From flower blossoms to farmers’ market bounty, these picture books celebrate all sorts of growing things and nurture an appreciation of backyard nature.

Reading Around the World | Picture Books

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Blending striking artwork, captivating storytelling, and universal themes, these recently published picture books provide glimpses at the lives of children across the globe.

Fictional Introductions to Remarkable Real-Life Women

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More intimate than traditional biographies, these carefully researched, these well-written works of historical fiction provide inviting introductions to real-life, fascinating women.

Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

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Dig into the past and explore the historical events, personal perspectives, and challenges and achievements that have contributed to the black experience in the United States with these recently published titles.

Love Is In the Air | Great Books

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Filled with heartfelt hugs, satisfying smooches, and unbounded affection, these appealing picture books are perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year.

Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky | SLJ Review

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KVASNOSKY, Laura McGee. Little Wolf’s First Howling. illus. by Laura McGee Kvasnosky & Kate Harvey McGee. 32p. Candlewick. Apr. 2017. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763689711.

PreS-Gr 2 –As night falls, a canine father and son head to a hilltop for an important rite of passage. First, Little Wolf watches as Big Wolf models proper howling form: he stands tall, points his muzzle skyward, and sings out a thrilling “AAAAOOOO….” Eager to give it a try, Little Wolf echoes the classic […]

Great Books: Celebrating Winter

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Picture books filled with cold-weather escapades, charismatic characters, and crystalline emotions are the perfect accompaniments to hot cocoa as readers and listeners await spring.

Great Books: A Library Lover’s Delights

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Engaging picture-book offerings about reading, story sharing, and the imagination-unleashing power of books .

A Kaleidoscope of Cultures | New Books on Immigration

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These new books can be appreciated on many levels, shared to help encourage empathy for others, and utilized to initiate further research and discussion of immigration and refugees from around the world.

Great Books: Mini-Makers

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Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

Familiar and Fun: Literary Classics Reimagined for Teens

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With freshly envisioned settings, revved-up story lines, reconfigured characters, and timeless themes, these new YA retellings of well-known works are well worth adding to your shelves.

Just the Facts: Reader-Ready Nonfiction for Secondary Students

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These thoroughly researched and visually appealing new nonfiction titles are sure to reel in older readers right from the get-go.

NanoBots by Chris Gall | SLJ Review

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Gall, Chris. NanoBots. illus. by Chris Gall. 40p. Little, Brown. Aug. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780316375528. 

PreS-Gr 2 –Hard at work in his musty basement, a brilliant young inventor constructs a crew of mighty but minute NanoBots, each with its own special skill and the ability to change the world. For example, MechanoBots can infiltrate the “hardest-to-reach places” and fix anything with their built-in tool arrays; HeloBots utilize rotors to fly in swarms and can form […]

Great Books for a Summer’s Eve

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A selection of books to initiate discussions of nature’s nocturnal mysteries, and inspire dream journeys.

Grab Them with Graphic Novels

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Featuring concise narratives, vivacious artwork, and page-turning comic book formats, these recently published graphic novels make compelling choices for encouraging and empowering young readers.

Take Wing | Books About Birds for Budding Naturalists

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A selection of informational books and stories that will help children learn the basic characteristics of birds, differentiate between species, and appreciate the amazing diversity of the creatures that inhabit our world.

Busy Hands, Engaged Minds, and Unfettered Imaginations: A Craft Book Round-Up

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Chock-full of hands-on activities for indoor and outdoor spaces, these splendid books encourage kids to learn new skills, be creative, and have some serious fun.

The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien | SLJ Review

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Olien, Jessica. The Blobfish Book. illus. by Jessica Olien. 40p. websites. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062394156. 

PreS-Gr 2 –A misunderstood deep-sea dweller gets its moment in the sun in this tongue-in-cheek informational picture book. The bubble-gum pink blobfish is sketched onto the pages of a nonfiction work that presents facts about and photos of the fascinating creatures that live miles beneath the ocean surface. Snappy dialogue balloons and humorously exaggerated cartoon features […]

You Gotta Have Heart: Out-of-the-Park Baseball Novels For Middle Grade Readers

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Unforgettable protagonists, narratives peppered with baseball action and atmosphere, and heart-stirring emotions make these recently released sports novels crackerjack reads.

The Olympics Are Coming! Great Sports Reads for Teens

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Percolating with athletic action, these titles also include smartly treated coming-of-age themes that will captivate sports fanatics and couch potatoes alike.