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April 23, 2014

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Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction

Firefly July: A Year of Very 
Short Poems (Janeczko)
©2014 by Melissa Sweet

From a version of Cinderella starring chickens to a look at The Beatles for kids, the Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction reviews feature unique and surprising new titles.

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

Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

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Several picture books featuring birds, some things (and dogs!) that go go go, and a few charming penguins round out our Preschool to Grade 4 section this February.

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

Pick of the Day: Here Comes the Easter Cat

Here Comes the Easter Cat

The combination of witty text, plentiful white space, and brilliant images make this a truly winning book, especially for libraries looking to expand their Easter collections.

Pick of the Day: Paul Meets Bernadette

Paul Meets Bernadette

The whimsical story is accompanied by striking oil paintings. The two fish are portrayed in fluid orange and gold brushstrokes, while the bowl is a luminous sphere reflecting different colors from page to page.

Pick of the Day: Maple

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This is a fresh addition to the standard new sibling fare, and young naturalists will identify with Maple’s adventurous and tender spirit.

Pick of the Day: Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis/Matt Data and the Cosmic Crisis

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The bright, detailed, full-page panels are covered with strange creatures and planetary objects that will catch and hold young readers’ attention, and the scientific information is simply presented and well-integrated into the dialogue.

Spotlight on Musicians and Fine Artists | Focus On

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Here’s a collection of picture-book biographies that introduces musicians and fine artists to children. The authors and illustrators have created engaging, child-friendly profiles that will hopefully lead readers to explore and seek out other materials about these amazingly talented individuals.

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

Pick of the Day: How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

As the Common Core State Standards place increased emphasis on nonfiction for young students, this groundbreaking effort fits the bill and does it well.

Pick of the Day: Nest

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In this stunning debut, we meet a pair of robins and their egg. We watch the parents incubate and hatch the egg and teach the baby bird to survive and fly.

Book/Multimedia Starred Reviews

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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.

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

Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum (Hartland)
©2013 by Jessie Hartland

Sign language, baseball, endangered animals, and various folk and fairy tales make up a diverse selection of titles reviewed in our Preschool to Grade 4 Nonfiction section this month.

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

Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction

Maple (Nichols)
©2014 by Lori Nichols

A baby bear, several frogs, a mob of meerkats, plenty of penguins, and one rather large and smelly woolly mammoth are just a few of the varied creatures that appear in the Preschool to Grade 4 reviews this month.

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

Pick of the Day: Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

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Isaacs excels at writing tall tales, and readers will not be disappointed by her newest yarn.

Pick of the Day: The Little Mermaid: A Pop-up Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale

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Illustrations and pop-ups that sparkle with shimmering light and graceful motion characterize the latest title adapted by a master bookmaker.

Pick of the Day: The Diggers Are Coming!

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This is a lively, well-designed addition to the many books on construction for young enthusiasts, distinguished by its brilliant creative collages and an imaginative, descriptive text.

Pick of the Day: The Tiny Mouse

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Based on the first children’s song written by the Grammy-winning songwriter, this amusing and mildly macabre picture book tells of a bored mouse who decides to go to sea.

Pick of the Day: Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table cover

This engaging introduction to the work of Will Allen and his organization, Growing Power, should stimulate interest in gardening in schools, homes, and communities.

Pick of the Day: Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green

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Those who have enjoyed “Clementine” will welcome this contemporary tale as it tackles family, competition, friendship, and the environment.

Pick of the Day: To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

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Rappaport breathes life into her subject in a way that is sure to spark the interest of the most reluctant reader.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars | December 2013

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Trucks, dinosaurs, and a tiny mouse that goes to sea.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.