November 24, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Freedom Over Me | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-6 –Ashley Bryan takes readers back to the brutal reality of American slavery, using primary source documents from an 1828 estate appraisal as his launching point to bring the 11 enslaved people listed to life.

Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –When Lola the armadillo spills juice all over her family’s white chair, she hastily decides to run to the library, since “they have books and bathrooms,” and hide there till she’s a grown-up.

Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Passengers on a train, Ammy and Noah, are heading to different places but end up sitting next to each other.

Feather by Cao Wenxuan | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –Wenxuan has created a picture book that tells the hopeful tale of a single feather as it embarks on a journey to find out where it came from and where it belongs.

Series Nonfiction Publishers Try Their Hands at Early Learning

Twelve series perfect for curious little ones.

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New Mythology Series To Engage Reluctant Readers

Books on topics such as the colony at Roanoke are a great way to ease students into subject areas they might otherwise avoid.

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Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Amor y Azúcar Panadería (Love and Sugar Bakery) is bustling on the eve of Dia de los Muertos, and all Leonora Logroño wants to do is help.

42 Spectacular Titles | November 2017

Long-awaited fiction from John Green, Frances Hardinge, and Philip Pullman; a fantastical feather picture book; stellar nonfiction explores historical figures in the Civil Rights movement.

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Impact! by Elizabeth Rusch | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –Opening with the dramatic story of a fourth grade class’s experience of the 2013 asteroid that landed in Chelyabinsk, Russia, this installment in the celebrated series tells of the study and the effects of asteroids in our solar system.

Picture Books: Excellent Bilingual Books and Sleepy Sheep | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A trio of friends work through jealousy; a delightful Spanish language retelling of a classic fairy tale; an engaging introduction to maps and directions and much more in this month’s picture book Xpress.

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Middle Grade: New Titles from Frances Hardinge, Mariko Tamaki & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A fur trapper makes a mysterious friend; a “Beyond Baylor” supernatural sequel; the Lumberjanes get a middle grade makeover and much more in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –This absorbing graphic memoir offers an insider’s view of the rapid cultural changes that beset Iraq in the latter half of the 20th century.

A DIY Computer, plus Minecraft: The Piper Computer Kit teaches perseverance as well as engineering

“Constructing a Piper Computer Kit is a memorable STEM learning experience that builds in problem-solving and technical skills,” writes Addie Matteson in SLJ’s review.

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Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion

Some say that middle grade readers are too young for books that involve addiction. That argument is increasingly hard to support.

Graphic Novels: an Eccentric Ornithologist and a Friendly Shadow | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

The life of the famous John Audubon is explored and a sweetly spooky tale blends fact with fantasy in November’s Xpress graphic novels.

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How To Find an Elephant by Kate Banks | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –An imaginative, elephant-loving young explorer goes on an adventure to find one in the wild.

YA: Stellar New Titles from John Green, Philip Pullman, Libba Bray, & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

New fantasy titles from Bray and Pullman; John Green’s Turtles is a hit; and an exciting LGBTQ anthology are among November’s YA Xpress.

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Nonfiction: Quirky Cuisine, Poetry, Earth Science & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two contemporary poetry titles, additions to the “Ranger Rick” series and much more in this month’s nonfiction Xpress.

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Chapter Books: an Inquisitive Animal and a Sweet Sleuth | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

A meerkat explores his world and Dotty Detective is on the case in November’s middle grade Xpress.

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New Anti-Opioid Initiative Focuses on Prevention in Schools

A free online course for teens emphasizes education, prevention, and response.