November 21, 2017

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Extreme Weather, Global Warming, & More: 15 Life Science Series

The world of science can be such a wondrous place, from weird mammals to backyard insects, from big ideas about space to microscopic bacteria that roam the earth.

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The Vietnam War | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmakers Burns and Novick invested 10 years in making this documentary series, which clocks in at over 18 hours, including extras.

To the Moon and Back: STEM Series with High Interest

The wonders of our galaxy and the death-defying acts of circus performers will prompt students to contemplate on physics, earth science, and more.

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Publisher’s description The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.    Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move […]

Book Review: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of School Library Journal.      Here We Are Now […]

Students Interested in a Career in Tech? We’ve Got You Covered

The latest careers series are ideal for kids and teens who can’t stop making, coding, and developing gadgets.

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13 Series To Foster Social Awareness Among Young People

This season’s lineup does not shy away from complex topics, providing detail analysis of human rights violations, racism in the United States, and more.

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Pop Culture Meets History: 15 Biography Series To Hook Kids

With entries on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zendaya, and others, students will flock to these newest biography series.

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‘Wonder’ Movie Review

Author R.J. Palacio’s voice is heard loud and clear in the exceptionally sharp movie version of her popular 2012 novel.

Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017

SLJ’s “Good Comics 4 Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens.

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Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2017

The Adult Books 4 Teens columnists and reviewers select the best adult books of 2017 with teen appeal.

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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor | SLJ Review

Gr 5-7 –Calvin Chumsky, a brilliant seventh grader and the only friend of Mason Buttle, says, “The Universe is amazing. It knows what we want. And sometimes… it hands it over like a gift.”

Review: ‘The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Writers: Guido Martin and Romano Scarpa Artists: Romano Scarpa, Luciano Gatto and Rodolfo Cimino Fantagraphics; $19.99 Walt Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ended with the revived Snow White and her prince heading off to their castle in the clouds, while the words “and […]

5 Highly Anticipated Titles from YA Authors | SLJ Spotlight

They’re finally here! Five new titles that teens have been waiting for.

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Maya Aziz should be on top of the world. She got accepted into film school at NYU, and the cute boy she has been spending time with seems to be into her. The only problem is, she’s been hiding all of this from her loving but very traditional Indian American parents.

Let’s Go to the Farm! by Caryl Hart | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –Bee and Billy are two children who meet at a farm. They both enjoy an exciting trip as they meet farm animals, witness an egg hatching, and play with friends.

Review: Graveyard Shakes

Released in time for Halloween, Graveyard Shakes was an excellent choice to help get the spook on. But though Halloween is gone for another year, horror is always in high demand in my library! Graveyard Shakes By Laura Terry. Graphix. 2017. ISBN 9780545889544 PBK, $12.99. 204pp. Grades 4 and up Sisters Katia and Victoria both […]

One Star Review Guess Who? (#62)

Can you guess the classic children’s book by its scathing one-star review on Goodreads or Amazon? a good book actually, i just didnt like the name. Click here for the answer. Why do I share these? Click here. Previously . . . One Star Review Guess Who (#1) One Star Review Guess Who (#2) One […]

Be a King by Carole Boston Weatherford | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –In this book inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Weatherford and Ransome offer advice to a new generation of change-makers.

Review: ‘Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy’

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 1: Heroes of the Galaxy Writers: Landry Q. Walker, Cavan Scott, and others Artists: Derek Charm, Jon Sommariva and others IDW Publishing; $9.99 IDW Publishing was apparently pretty excited to get the license to publish new comics based on the Star Wars franchise, and who could blame them? The fact that […]