What do six-foot tall (and rather rowdy) praying mantises, an aspiring nature photographer, and an artist with synesthesia have in common? They can all be found within our fabulous February Stars list.
Out of this world adventures, an art mystery, and the new Polly Horvath book are reviewed in the February Grade 5-8 Fiction section.
An eye-opening book about transgender teens, two poignant and powerful memoirs, and a guide to K-Pop round out a diverse selection of titles in our February Grades 5 & Up reviews.
This book will be extremely useful to teachers and librarians seeking material to align with Common Core State Standards dealing with the craft of writing of informational text.
From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.
Several titles in our January Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction section are just in time for Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), including Bolden’s Seaching for Sarah Rector; Anderson’s Women’s Rights Movement; Lewis’s Women of Steel and Stone; and Shabazz’s Malcolm Little.
Laurie Halse Anderson’s eagerly anticipated new novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory tops our Grades 9 & Up Fiction reviews and earns a Star. New titles by popular YA authors Francesca Lia Block, Marie Lu, and Rick Yansy also appear in our January issue.
Several eagerly anticipated sequels can be found in January’s Grade 5-8 Fiction section including The Ghost of Tupelo Landing, Shelia Turnage’s companion to the Newbery honor-winning Three Times Lucky; The Shadowhand Covenant, book 2 in Farrey’s Vengekeep Prophecies series; Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done by Stephan Pastis; and James Ponti’s Blue Moon (Book 2 in the Dead City series.)
SLJ’s book review editors selected the best nonfiction titles of 2013. Here you’ll find rich primary source material, engaging narrative style, and sophisticated design. Historical giants as well as little known figures are profiled in this list of distinguished informational books.
SLJ’s book review editors have chosen the best fiction titles of 2013. From a plucky pig sailing to the south pole to a endearing story of first love, the middle grade and young adult titles on this list feature three-dimensional characters, fully realized worlds, and stories that stay with the reader long after the last page.
Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. All of these books were originally reviewed on SLJ’s “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog (blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/adult4teen).
From dolphins to surviving pandemics, there’s a book for every reader on SLJ’s November nonfiction reviews for fifth grade and up. Additionally, new titles by Katherine Paterson and Joyce Sidman make their appearance in time for Thanksgiving displays.
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Detailed collages depict the parrots’ lives and struggles above human activities that have altered the island’s ecosystem over the centuries.
There is plenty here to get kids thinking about and debating the question, “What does it mean to be ‘urban’ or ‘wild’ in the twenty-first century?”
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Using the nursery rhyme about three blind mice, Lewis has created a background story as she uses their tale to define selected literary elements.
The worker bee and its vital role in the life cycle of the honeybee are interwoven with the threat that Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) poses to bees, plants, and humans.