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April 15, 2014

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Great Books About Eggs and Chicks

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Bursting with a sense of exhilarating discovery, natural renewal, and out-and-out exuberance, these 12 lively books for young readers about eggs and chicks are just right for spring.

Silly Chickens and Red Lollipops | Rukhsana Khan, An Author to Study

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Rukhsana Khan is on a mission to write stories that children can identify with, while, at the same time, show Western readers that Muslim families are pretty much the same as theirs.

Fractals, Dinosaurs, and Medical Mysteries | Nonfiction Notes, April 2014

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It’s Spring publishing season and we’ve highlighted a few of the exciting new titles that are being offered this season, ranging from a lucid explanation of a math concept for young readers to a collection of oral histories of individuals who went into hiding in the Netherlands during World War II. You’ll also find mysteries—medical and mythological, and a few art books.

Trees! Environmental Lynchpins, Habitat Providers, Dream Inspirers

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This group of imaginative titles will be the source of numerous classroom projects, ranging from fact-based research papers about the highlighted species and role of trees in the environment to creative writing and art activities.

Lincoln: A Multifaceted Man | Inquiry and Integration Across the Curriculum

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The number and variety of books published about Abraham Lincoln provide teachers with an opportunity to explore the structural devices used in texts as they consider the man and his legacy from a range of perspectives.

Poetry Audiobooks | Listen In

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In honor of National Poetry Month, poetry audiobooks for every age

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AMC’s New Series, ‘Turn’, and Electrifying Espionage Reads | Media Mania

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AMC’s new series, Turn, based on Alexander Rose’s Washington’s Spies, will certainly generate new interest in the American Revolutionary War. We’ve rounded up a great list of titles for teens to dig into when they come to you for more on the Culper Ring and this fascinating time in our nation’s history.

YA A-Listers Deliver New Hits │JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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Bring on the A-Listers! Magaret Peterson Haddix, Shannon Hale, Jonathan Corey Whaley, and Chris Wooding all have new titles out that teens will want to know about.

Introducing Students to NCTE’s Notable Poetry Titles

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The National Council of Teachers of English presents its annual list of notable poetry titles and offers suggestions for using them across the curriculum.

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Barefoot World Atlas; Jack and the Beanstalk | App Reviews

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New Informational apps and a well-known character take viewers on trips around the world and up a beanstalk.

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Birds of a Feather: Fiction and Nonfiction Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Books about birds can teach kids amazing facts about nature, and they can also make them laugh. From a lost chicken in the city to a pigeon who really needs a bath, these following titles will be a feather in your cap.

Women Who Made a Difference │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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How can the efforts of one woman make an impact? The following nonfiction titles tell the stories of women who forged a path for future generations with small but powerful acts.

The Great War: A Somber Centennial | Focus On

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This compilation of fiction and nonfiction titles presents a variety of viewpoints and an array of social, historical, political, and cultural aspects of what was described at the time as the war to end all wars.

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Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

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In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

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Stellar Nonfiction for Young Readers│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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From amazing facts about eyes to an artist who could see colors, the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild fill a need for top-notch nonfiction that captures the imagination while feeding the demand for increased rigor.

Storm Watch | Books About Weather

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From heat waves to hurricanes, recent events have ignited curiosity about our ever-changing weather. Share these titles with students to fuel their interest in a timely topic and support curriculum standards in earth systems science.

Nonfiction Notes | March 2014

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This month’s selection of new nonfiction titles includes a little bit of everything: biography, memoir, science, and history—cultural and political.

Picture Books About Women Who Made a Difference │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In honor of Women’s History Month, use the following booktalks and tools to share these new picture books about independent women who broke records, fought segregation, and inspired others to follow their dreams.

Poems to Launch the Imagination

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Prepare for National Poetry Month in April with new poetry titles by some favorite authors. Whether inspecting fireflies or taking flights of fancy, the selections in these books will spark young readers’ imaginations and inspire contemplation.

’300: Rise of an Empire’ Reinterprets Ancient History with 21st-Century Flair | Media Mania

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Fans of 300, closely based on Frank Miller’s superb graphic novel, will be thrilled with the March 7 release of 300: Rise of an Empire (R), also inspired by a graphic novel by Miller (the not-yet published Xerxes). This time, the combat action moves to the high seas.