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December 19, 2014

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SLJ Reviews: Preschool to Grade 4

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Late Fall and Early 2015 Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Early Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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A strong finish to the 2014 publishing season with a sprinkling of 2015 titles added to the mix.

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From the Gambia to the Forbidden City | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s can’t-miss nonfiction for the younger set includes Miranda Paul’s One Plastic Bag, a picture book biography of a young woman who brought recycling to the Gambia, and Chiu Kwong-Chiu’sIn the Forbidden City, an in-depth illustrated look at China’s imperial palace.

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Primates on Parade | SLJ Spotlight

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These five new primate titles are for perfect for young readers that like to monkey around!

Board Book Bonanza | Preschool to Grade 4 Roundup

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These 39 new board books were all published in the second half of 2014. They include concept books, stories, titles new to the board book format, and a few recommended titles in Spanish.

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Early Chapter Books to Cheer About | SLJ Spotlight

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Six great new titles to help early readers hone their skills.

November Starred Reviews

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Get political with Ken Burns’s newest documentary, The Roosevelts, find out how Megan Shepherd’s “Madman’s Daughter” trilogy ends, and change how you see rainstorms with April Pulley Sayre’s Raindrops Roll with the November stars, which offer the best of fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia.

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To the Forbidden City and Beyond, a Skateboard Party, and a Child Star’s Tribulations | Fiction Series Update

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This month, we bring you the latest in updates to existing fiction series. Chapter-book readers will find plenty to cheer about, including an adventure in the Forbidden City, a young girl’s trials and tribulations on and off the set of a sitcom, and a class hamster’s attempts to help his students win a trivia competition.

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Late 2014 and Early 2015 Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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A sparkling assortment of picture books to share with young patrons one-on-one and in a group setting and engaging early chapter books to help newly independent readers reinforce their decoding skills.

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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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Curl up with these books about bears | SLJ Spotlight

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Four children’s titles explore the wacky lives of bears.

Transitioning to Chapter Books | Series Standbys

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What are your favorite series titles for children making their first forays into chapter books? We’ve listed a few of ours.

Light Up the Shelves for Christmas and Hanukkah! | December Holidays

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Our team of reviewers in Los Angeles selected and evaluated 42 titles to help librarians make informed purchase decisions. Picture books, poetry, song adaptations, nonfiction, and short stories are among the offerings.

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Late Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s reviews include a vibrant assortment of cleverly engaging stories with gorgeous artwork. Look for books by award-winning illustrators Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Marie-Louise Gay, and Jim LaMarche, as well as some relative newcomers on the scene, such as Tom Clohosy Cole, Chris Haughton, August Hall, Steve Pilcher, and Ayano Imai.

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Incredible Journeys: Through Space, Time, and Your Imagination | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month’s nonfiction for younger students highlights great, wondrous journeys, from a romp through the solar system in Sunny Scribens’s Space Song Rocket Ride to a jaunt through the mind of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Bimba Landman’s In Search of the Little Prince.

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Move Over, Waldo | SLJ Spotlight

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Two foldout picture books rejuvenate the “seek and find” style for young readers.

Bibliophile’s Delight: Books that Celebrate Creative Writing, Book Lovers, and Libraries

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Introduce and nurture independent writing, generate enthusiasm for books and reading, and the support language arts curriculum standards with these new picture books.

Before They Were Famous: Young Carl Sagan, Golda Meir, and Alice Waters | Nonfiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This month, SLJ highlights some picture books about famous figures—before they made it big. Barbara Krasner details Golda Meir’s first stab at leadership, Stephanie Roth Sisson offers a glimpse of Carl Sagan’s childhood dreams about the stars, and Jacqueline Briggs examines foodie Alice Waters, starting with the early years.

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Fall Announcement Issue Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This issue is chock-full of new selections from classic picture-book artists, such as John Burningham, Anthony Browne, Denise Fleming, Bob Graham, and Chris Van Allsburg, as well as selections from some newcomers to the burgeoning field.

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Backpacks, Lunch Boxes, and Giggles Galore: Back-to-School Adventures

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This year’s crop of back-to-school titles balances familiar elements with inventive plots to explore commonplace qualms and quandaries with creativity and pizzazz.

Late Summer and Fall Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Beginning Chapter Books | Fiction Preschool to Grade 4

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This issue features a cornucopia of titles loaded with child appeal and just right for year-round sharing. Highlights include some runaway cookies, a princess in black, imaginative play, and an exploration of things that make us happy.

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