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April 16, 2014

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The World Around Us: Life Science | Series Made Simple

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Here, you’ll find a ton of great new series that not only introduce students to the natural world around them but that also make great use of Common Core Standards: an amazing mix.

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Snazzy New Crafts, from Beadmaking to Beekeeping | Series Made Simple

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These aren’t the same old “make a pencil holder” crafts you’re used to. Get ready to learn how to compost, work with apps, and raise your own chickens.

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Life’s Work: New Nonfiction on Careers & Biographies | Series Made Simple

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Careers and the famous people who exemplify them are inextricably connected. You’ll find plenty here, from biographies to in-depth looks at careers and jobs.

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Robots, Rockets, Cool Cars: New High-Interest STEM Books | Series Made Simple

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Longtime reviewer and children’s literature consultant John Peters takes an in-depth look at new nonfiction series that focus on STEM topics such as robotics, measuring, and big machines.

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Greeks, Ghosts, Gremlins Explored in New Nonfic Titles | Series Made Simple

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Reviews of fun and fact-filled new series books on Greek mythology, folklore, hauntings, and strange creatures.

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New Nonfic Titles Align to Next Gen Science Standards | Series Made Simple

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Longtime reviewer and children’s literature consultant John Peters explores several new science series, many of which align closely to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS.)

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Explore Your World: Social Sciences | Series Made Simple

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While these social science series tackle a multitude of topics—environmentalism, bullying, healthy habits, economics—they are all threaded with empowering themes: learning about personal responsibility, helping others, and becoming productive members of society.

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Bats, Balls, Bikes…and Bruises? Sports | Series Made Simple

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From the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl to the Final Four and the World Cup, sports inspire us and capture our imaginations. There’s plenty offered in these series to motivate readers.

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History Everywhere: World History | Series Made Simple

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The topics covered in these geographically diverse books range from the ancient to the nearly contemporary. As kids read the best of this group, they will not only learn about historical cultures and events, but also be inspired to better know and understand the past.

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Waterfalls, Geysers, & Turbines |Touch and Go

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“In Stockholm, Sweden, researchers have found a way to create usable energy from the excess body heat generated by the quarter million commuters who pass through the city’s train station every day.” This fact and a look at our use of energy—yesterday and today—can be found in a new app from Kids Discover.

New Books by Tedd Arnold, John Burningham, Lucy Cousins, and Michael Hall | Preschool to Grades 4 Fiction Reviews

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An instant classic, Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman, plus several new picture books by award-winning and beloved illustrators top our Preschool to Grade 4 picks this month.

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New Books by Megan Frazer Blakemore, Charles De Lint, Margi Preus | Grades 5-8 Fiction Review

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A mystery set during the McCarthy era from the author of , a modern fairy tale by master storyteller Charles De Lint, and an historical tale rife with allusions to Norweigan folklore by Newbery Honor winner Margi Preus lead our selection of new middle grade reviews.

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Exciting New Titles by Melissa De La Cruz, Pete Hautman, and Marissa Meyer | Grades 9 & Up Fiction Reviews

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From Jenny Han’s poignant novel about true love and sisterhood to Alan Lawrence Sitomer’s look into the gritty world of cage fighting, the following books for high school readers will intrigue teens and keep them coming for more.

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New books on a baseball legend, whimsical poetry | Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction Reviews

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The latest nonfiction titles include an illustrated biography of Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, a story about First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosting a hot dog party, and a poignant tale of immigration.

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The latest from authors Gail Jarrow, Peter Sis, and Patrick Dillon | Grade 5 & Up Nonfiction Reviews

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Peter Sis provides a colorful on beloved author Antoine de Saint Exupéry, while Gail Jarrow’s ‘Red Madness’ is a grippingly grotesque look at a long-gone illness.

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Sex in the Library and Music Programming Guide Stand Out in Crop of New Professional Reading Titles | Professional Reading Reviews

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A guide for librarians on sexual content in teen literature and an exploration of music programming for the primary grades top the list of new professional reading titles.

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Lincoln, Bogles, and the Port Chicago 50 | Multimedia Reviews

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DVDs and audiobooks for preschool through high school

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Decoded

Decoded

Mai Jia has published three novels and a novella in his native China and has won several awards for them. But Decoded (2002) marks the first time his work has been published in English, and based on this one, we can only hope the rest of his work isn’t far behind. Some readers may be [...]

Teens Review the Latest from Armentrout, Caletti, and More

Don't Look Back

In Don’t Look Back, Sam desperately tries to regain her memory, while in The Last Forever, Tessa struggles not to lose hers. Teens weigh in with second takes on Noggin and Sekret.

‘Dear Nobody’: SLJ Chats with Coeditors Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

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Dear Nobody: The Real Life Diary of Mary Rose focuses on the reality of being a teen with cystic fibrosis. Coeditors Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil talked to SLJ about what drove them to bring Mary Rose’s story to life.