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March 3, 2015

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Much-Anticipated Sequels and the Latest from Avi, Suma, and Wein | SLJ Sneak Peek

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From the new “Penderwicks” novel to the sequel to E.K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen, the titles featured in SLJ’s March issue will delight fans and create new ones. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

Sign Language Primers, Graphic Guide to Science, and Selections on the Civil Rights Movement | Nonfiction Series Update

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SLJ presents Nonfiction Series Update, continuations in ongoing series that are not to be missed. This installment, check out the latest on animals, sign language, cell division, civil rights, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Obscure Historical Figures Brought to Life | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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Two stellar titles this month focus on lesser-known historical figures. Tonya Bolden’s Capital Days uncovers a journal kept by Michael Shiner, a former slave whose diary entries provide a man in the street perspective of significant historical events, while Robert P.J. Cooney Jr’s Remembering Inez is an excellent account of the life of suffragist Inez Milholland.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Rhymes That Rock | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s outstanding nonfiction includes tons of rhyme and verse, from offerings to tempt animal lovers, with The Maine Coon’s Haiku and An Ambush of Tigers to a collection of can’t-miss classics, with The Death of the Hat.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

February Starred Reviews

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Animals dominated the starred reviews this February, from plucky poultry to a runaway tiger cub to the fabulous world of hippos.

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A Passion for Fashion | Stylish Nonfiction Titles for Teens

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Whether riveted to reality TV design shows, thumbing through fashion mags or surfing blogs, trend-spotting at the mall, or mix-matching items from their own closets, teens have a passion for fashion.

Calling All Environmentalists | SLJ Spotlight

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Four nonfiction titles take an innovative approach to ecology.

A Mesmerizing Biography, Hypnotic Poetry, and Inspiring Artists | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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Elementary-aged students have some real winners to look forward to this month. From an electrifying biography of Benjamin Franklin to can’t-miss poetry, these titles have something for everyone.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Highly Anticipated Follow-Ups from Gail Jarrow, John Lewis, and More | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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If your students enjoyed Gail Jarrow’s medical mystery Red Madness and John Lewis’s graphic novel memoir March, they’re in luck. Jarrow’s Fatal Fever takes a look at Typhoid Mary, while Lewis’s March: Book Two delves further into the civil rights struggle. And don’t miss the rest of the nonfiction targeted at older readers this month.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Animals as We’ve Never Seen Them | SLJ Spotlight

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Four nonfiction titles that portray animals in an unusual (and sometimes endearing) light.

Sneakers, Tibet, and Chernobyl | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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Check out an eclectic smattering of subjects: the history of the sneaker, a look at the effects of Chernobyl, and a tale of two brothers attempting to flee Tibet.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

From the Gambia to the Forbidden City | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s can’t-miss nonfiction for the younger set includes Miranda Paul’s One Plastic Bag, a picture book biography of a young woman who brought recycling to the Gambia, and Chiu Kwong-Chiu’sIn the Forbidden City, an in-depth illustrated look at China’s imperial palace.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

December Stars

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Enjoy a chimp-filled romp through Gombe with Jane Goodall’s latest, check out Kevin Brooks’s Carnegie Award–winning The Bunker Diary, and follow four generations of blackberry fool with Emily Jenkins’s sumptuous picture book A Fine Dessert with the December stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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Artists Making Inroads | SLJ Spotlight

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Entertainment pioneers overcome discrimination and obstacles in these uplifting nonfiction titles.

November Starred Reviews

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Get political with Ken Burns’s newest documentary, The Roosevelts, find out how Megan Shepherd’s “Madman’s Daughter” trilogy ends, and change how you see rainstorms with April Pulley Sayre’s Raindrops Roll with the November stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Baseball, Bears, Bees, and Tu B’Shevat | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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These picture books examine groundbreaking baseball player Lizzie Murphy, the true story of the bear that inspired A.A. Milne’s classic “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories, and a gorgeous, seasonal look at Jewish holidays.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Varied Set of Portraits, from Pets to Presidents | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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This month’s nonfiction profiles a wide variety of people—and animals. Students will find a trove of information in Albert Marrin’s beautifully researched biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, while those with an artistic bent will enjoy Catherine Ingram’s quirky, illustrated looks at Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, and Jackson Pollock. And don’t miss the adorable Unlikely Heroes, which covers some truly courageous creatures.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Outside Our Comfort Zones: Editorial | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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This season’s nonfiction has forced us to think outside the box when it comes to forming benchmarks for good nonfiction, as the books tackle subjects in new and fascinating ways, as well as take on the issue of diversity.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Presenting the Past: Q&A with Capstone’s “Captured History” Series Authors | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Capstone’s notable “Captured History” series has highlighted significant periods in history through arresting photographs, such as Tank Man and Migrant Mother. SLJ caught up with authors of several of the set’s titles to get the back story on these memorable, thought-provoking works

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Symbols & Sites, Monuments & Movements: U.S. History | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Backed by solid research and bolstered by top-notch writing, these books offer material on U.S. history, from the youngest readers to the oldest.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.