November 22, 2017

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Standout STEM Reads | SLJ Spotlight

Most children’s and YA books on STEM subjects can be a tad didactic; however, these recent offerings are anything but dull.

Daring Middle Grade Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

Five new and forthcoming middle grade debuts to watch out for.

4 Picture Books Celebrating the Importance of Family

A wide array of titles that show the warm and sometimes wacky world of familial interactions.

5 Nonfiction Titles (and a Graphic Novel!) for Those Who Love the Sea

Just in time for summer are a number of well-written titles for beachgoers and budding marine biologists alike

5 Middle Grade Titles Perfect for Reading Aloud

The following middle grade titles feature strong vocabulary, detailed settings, and authentic dialogue, along with themes that will spark discussion.

4 Novels on the Trials and Tribulations of Middle School

The following novels feature characters smack-dab in the middle of those tumultuous middle school years.

Eco-conscious Poetry Books for Earth Day

Just in time for April, here are two titles that are perfect for both National Poetry Month and Earth Day–related lessons.

2 YA Tales of Some Not-so-Witchy Witches

Teen witch books aren’t all “hocus pocus” and “eye of newt.”

5 Picture Books Celebrating Dads (and Granddads)

5 warm and tender titles with male-focused parent-and-child interactions that celebrate the special bonds between father (or grandfather) and child

9 Refugee Stories for Kids and Teens

These nine titles—from picture books to YA—explore the many dangers, factors, and effects that refugees and immigrants face every day.

3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

3 Adorably Fox-y Picture Books

Dispel the negative connotations surrounding foxes in children’s stories with these three cuddly tales.

5 Middle Grade Titles Featuring People of Color

Looking for new middle grade novels starring main characters of color? Here are five standout titles suitable for most collections.

Checking the Bear-omator | SLJ Spotlight on Picture Books

Bear stories are perennial favorites for the toddler and preschool set to curl up with and these new titles are no exception.

First Things First: YA Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

From fun romances to royal intrigue and from a harrowing tale of Hurricane Katrina to a teen’s journey from Haiti to Detroit, the following YA debut novels offer new stories and voices on the teen lit scene.

Blast from the Past | SLJ Spotlight on Middle Grade

Are your patrons itching to revisit days of yore and bygone eras? These recent novels take on historical fiction from varied perspectives, from a narrative set during the 1950s that tackles bias and prejudice to a tale of medieval London that incorporates fantasy and magic.

An Antidote for the Winter Blues | SLJ Spotlight on Nonfiction

Cold, blustery days got elementary students down? These spring-related titles are just the ticket to get kids energized for longer and warmer days ahead.

The Champ is Here | SLJ Spotlight

A mix of picture book and YA biographies that focus on well-known athletes who not only excelled in their respective leagues but also created lasting cultural change.

Dozers, Dumpers, and Drills | SLJ Spotlight

Titles featuring construction equipment and other big machines are evergreen favorites with the preschool set, and these new offerings do not disappoint. Whether told in infectious rhyme, reinforcing concepts, or building vocabulary, these active, irresistible narratives filled with vibrant art and awesome sound effects address early literacy skills and get the job done in style.

Just a Touch of Magic | SLJ Spotlight

A trio of new titles that offer realistic themes—bullying, health issues, family troubles—with a hint of the fantastical.