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March 3, 2015

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Around the World in DVDs |Multimedia Reviews, February 2015

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Many of February’s DVD selections highlight world history, from the invention of the hot-air balloon in 18th-century France to China’s terra-cotta warriors and the black pharaohs of ancient Egypt. In addition, the 2015 Carnegie Medal–winning Me…Jane earns a star, and SLJ’s quarterly review of music is also featured.

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“Me…Jane” paints portrait of Goodall as a curious youngster | DVD Pick

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Me…Jane. 9 min. Dist. by Weston Woods. 2014. $59.95. ISBN 9780545696869.
PreS-Gr 2–In this heartwarming portrait of primatologist Jane Goodall as a young girl, author Patrick McDonnell eloquently tells the story of young adventurous Jane. She, along with her stuffed chimpanzee, Jubliee, delights in exploring the outdoors; observing animals and nature; and finding magic in such things as the discovery of where eggs come from. Children will love the simple text of this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book (Little, Brown, 2011), which […]

Diversity, Intellectual Freedom, and Innovation | Professional Reading

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The latest professional reading encourages bringing dynamic, diverse, and innovative materials to patrons, from Pat Scales’s Books Under Fire to Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps and Carole J. McCollough’s Coretta Scott King Award Books Discussion Guide.

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Sound and Fury | Graphic Nonfiction for Teens

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Visually enticing, featuring dramatic colors or memorable images, graphic nonfiction is a surefire hit in high school collections. And what better way to transform students’ conception of history from a compilation of long-ago events and obscure names into real people, with relatable stories?

Lynn Cullen’s “Dear Mr. Washington” | Spotlight

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Books about our presidents are perennial favorites and George Washington one of the most frequently requested subjects. As we approach his birthday, celebrated this year on February 16th, introduce your students to Lynn Cullen’s delightful ‘Dear Mr. Washington’—a playful look at some of Washington’s ‘Rules of Civility,’ penned when the president-to-be was 14 years old.

New and Continuing Chapter Book Series from Hilary McKay, Lyn Gardner, Caroline Adderson, and More | Fiction Series Update

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Curious about what your favorite chapter book heroes and heroines are up to? Wonder no more, as SLJ brings you the latest installments to popular chapter book series, as well as some new series you won’t want to miss.

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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.

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‘Teaching to Complexity’ | Professional Shelf

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When it comes to measuring text complexity, teachers and librarians know it’s not just about attaching a particular lexile number or other quantitative label to a book jacket. A new, practical tool walks educators through the process of selecting the best texts for instruction.

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.

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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.

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Awards, Awards, Awards!

Awards, Awards, Awards!

I suppose this post should really be titled Lists, Lists, Lists!  But Awards sound so much more exciting! Mark posted the Alex Awards when they were announced one week ago. I was at the YMA’s, and I have to admit that my heart was in my throat when the announcements began. The very first winner […]

Britannica ImageQuest: One image database to rule them all | Reference Online

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Britannica’s ImageQuest, a comprehensive, beautifully curated compendium of images, is back and better than ever, with a million new options for kids of all ages.

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Witches, Weapons, and Warfare | “Seventh Son” Movie Review

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Like a magic potion, the big budget, special effects extravaganza Seventh Son, based on Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice takes a dash of this and a pinch of that for a concoction that’s more mild than potent. It’s the perfect formula for a B-movie on a wintry afternoon.

David Wiesner’s Spot-On App | Touch and Go

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Pushing boundaries? That’s nothing new for three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner, author and illustrator of stunningly original picture books. Lately he’s been busy working on an app for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that offers viewers intriguing imaginary worlds to explore. The title is Spot, and it’s due to release on February 19th. We had a chance to view a demo of the app and talk with Wiesner about the fruition of a story he describes as “long simmering.”

Congratulations on the upcoming […]

Red Rising and The Bone Season continue

Red Rising and The Bone Season continue

Two of 2014′s stand-out debuts continue! Pierce Brown’s Red Rising was on our Best of the Year list. The second book of the trilogy is even better. EW posted a great interview with the author (mind those spoilers!) and you can see the cover of the trilogy finale, Morning Star, on Brown’s website. The Mime Order is the […]

Two young Afghanis form a dangerous friendship in “The Secret Sky”| Audio Pick

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Abawi, Atia. The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan. 7 CDs. 7:45 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $77.75. ISBN 9781490627403. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 9 Up–This story is told through the alternating viewpoints of three young Afghanis—Fatima, a Hazara girl on the cusp of womanhood; Samiulla, a teenaged Pashtun boy disillusioned by the “religious” teachings of radicals; and Rashid, a believer in the harsh justice and rhetoric of Islamic fundamentalists. On the path to the well, Sami and Fatima […]

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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From Bengal to the Bayou | Fiction Grades 5-8

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These recent middle grade selections take readers all around the world, from Mitali Perkins’s Tiger Boy, about young Neel’s adventures tracking down a missing tiger cub, to Jewell Parker Rhodes’s Bayou Magic, a story of one girl’s life-changing—and fantastical—summer with her grandmother.

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Middle Grade Maven Makes a Must-See YA Debut | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

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This month, YA readers are in for a treat: veteran middle grade author Michael Buckley takes a step into YA with great results. Undertow is not to be missed. And check out the latest from Pete Hautman, Cori McCarthy, and others.

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Families: All Shapes, All Sizes | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s offerings for younger readers present a variety of families, from a family of bunnies who adopt a wolf to some poignant father-daughter picture books.

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