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November 21, 2014

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Alakija, Polly. Counting Chickens. illus. by Polly Alakija. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804372.

PreS-Gr 2 –Tobi may have the finest hen in the village, but his friends’ animals are all having babies, while Tobi’s chicken only lays eggs. As days pass, Aduke’s four kittens, Dapo’s six piglets, and other animals grow [...]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trash Eaters, Shark Divers, & Other Wonders: Wild Animals | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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There’s a wide—and wild—range of animals covered in this year’s books. Whether your readers are eager to read about cuttlefish, tree frogs, sharks, or big cats, they’ll find something to satisfy their appetites for strange creatures.

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Perfect Pets & More: Domestic Animals | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Books on pet care are always popular, and this year is no exception. Early readers will find plenty to pore over, admire, and read in this fall’s collections

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Beyond Pinterest: Arts & Activities | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Projects for rainy days, party crafts, classroom activities: the books in this section have got you covered when it’s time to bust out the glue or bake some cupcakes

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Jobs, STEAM-Style: Careers & Skills | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Nonfiction titles provide kids with a real peek into the professional world of adults. This season’s offerings are STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math)-focused and will inspire kids to think seriously about skills and careers, from titles on learning how to program to those on engineering and biotechnology

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Tell Me a (Life) Story: Biographies | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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How many ways can you tell the story of someone’s life? These titles prove that there are truly countless approaches, as they cover the lives of great artists, scientists, writers, and more.

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Engage & Immerse: General Science | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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From the four elements to the four corners of the world, these series encourage discovery and impart knowledge of the natural and human-made worlds, for the most part doing so in such engaging ways that many readers will forget they’re reading books about Science with a capital S

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Flora, Fauna, & Food Chains: Life Science | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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A wide variety of subjects are tackled in this look at the life sciences: plants, the human body, biomes, and more

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Of Machines & Mathematics: STEM | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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There’s plenty of food for thought here for readers with a STEM bent, from information on loud, fast vehicles to the invention of tools to contemporary computer technology.

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Go, Kid, Go!: Health & Wellness | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Like good running partners, these health and wellness titles cheer on readers, doling out advice and encouragement on topics that include nutrition, exercise, and emotional health.

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Keeping It Current: Social Sciences | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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These looks at current events and social issues don’t merely inform—they help students become more informed, empathetic, and engaged with the world around them.

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Tall Tales & Scary Monsters: Mythology | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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These titles on mythology and folklore will enlighten readers—and leave them entertained, spooked, or at least slightly weirded out

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Beyond the All-American Athlete: Sports | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Though these titles do tackle the basics (basketball, football, and baseball, oh my!), there are tons of lesser-known sports (kayaking, anybody?), as well as a far more inclusive focus in this season’s collections, from an emphasis on women and girls to a look at international superstars

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A World of Conflict: World History | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Turning on the news shows a world rife with conflict, and world history was no different. Many of these sets tell the stories of the human quest for power and the conflicts and advancements that accompanied them, and in doing so, expand readers’ knowledge and understanding of the world and its conflict-ridden history

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But I Have GPS!: Geography | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

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Though GPS may have eliminated the need for maps, the study of geography is so much more than mere cartography. These books will help readers understand that any physical or imaginary journey is far more than a simple set of directions and that knowledge of the world and its peoples and cultures will only enhance the voyage.

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