April 22, 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.

World Cup Reads: Great Books About Soccer


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

Great Books About Eggs and Chicks


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

Tree Lady Cover Art

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


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

carson weather

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


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

Founding Mothers

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


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.

‘I, Frankenstein’: A New Creature Feature and a Selection of Monstrously Good Reads for Teens

Frankenstein Classical Comics

Opening in theaters on January 24, I, Frankenstein (PG-13) provides a fresh take on a classic character set in an alternate modern-day world. Help teens make a connection between movie incarnations of this fearsome protagonist and the tale’s early 19th-century literary inspiration with a spine-tingling selection of graphic novels and reimaginings.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland | Great Books for Snowy Days


Celebrate the season and warm children’s hearts with titles that feature exciting cold-weather adventures, science-based explorations, and bold boredom-vanquishing activities.

Picture Book Biographies | Portals to the Past

Nelson Mandela

Superb choices for sharing aloud or reading independently, picture book biographies make useful starting points for investigations of subjects that span the curriculum. This year’s selections includes artists, activists, and an aviatrix.

47 Ronin and a Sampling of Samurai Tales for Teens | Media Mania

47 Ronin

Bursting with flying fists and swords, well-researched details of time and setting, and themes that would make any samurai proud, these books will reel in movie viewers as well as fans of historical fiction, martial arts epics, and adventure stories.

Kindness Counts | Great Books for Nurturing Compassion


These superb offerings about caring and kindness make fitting choices for sharing with youngsters as we enter the holiday season. Perceptive but never preachy, these picture books also present children with enlightening instances of empathy, generosity, and compassion.

Big, Bigger, Biggest | Dinosaur Delights

How Big Were Dinosaurs

A bevy of new nonfiction titles open a window onto the extraordinary animals that walked the earth eons ago.

‘Once Upon a Time’ Delights: Magical Fairy Tale Reads | Media Mania


ABC’s Once Upon a Time continues to enchant viewers with its imaginative mashup of modern-day elements and beguiling fairy tale fundamentals. This collection of behind-the-scene looks at OUAT and fairy tale retellings are perfect for teen (and adult) fans of the growing franchise.

Bewitching Tales | Great Books for Halloween


Perfect for sharing aloud, these captivating stories offer up ghosts, ghouls, and giggles galore.

Great Beginnings | Books for Emergent Readers


Like all youngsters, kids learning to read benefit from exposure to high-quality titles that blend well-written narratives with eye-catching illustrations. Formatted to support the needs of emergent readers, this year’s crop of offerings also capture the interest and imaginations of their audience with enticing subject matter and stirring storytelling.