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October 23, 2014

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Welcome to School Library Journal’s Series Made Simple. Published in April and November, it features articles comparing that season’s series nonfiction, subject by subject. SLJ’s reviewers examine each set for currency, relevance, comprehensiveness, accuracy, adherence to education standards, and, of course, appeal, and provide a comparison among the series as well as a “bottom line” on which to buy. We hope that Series Made Simple will make your life easier. Please share your thoughts and suggestions with us.

CURRENT ISSUE: SPRING 2014

New Angles on Nonfiction (editorial); History Comes Alive: American History; From Teacup Pigs to Flying Dragons: Animals; Friendly & Fearsome: Animals; From Beadmaking to Beekeeping: Arts & Crafts; Life’s Work: Biographies and Careers; The World Around Us: Life Science; High-Tech Highlights: STEM; Greeks, Ghosts, & Gremlins: Mythology; Forces of Nature: Science; Explore Your World: Social Sciences; Bats, Balls, Bikes…and Bruises?: Sports; History Everywhere: World History
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PAST ISSUES:


FALL 2013
Don’t Forget the Arts (editorial); Dancing About Geometry: Bringing the Arts into STEM (back page); Uncommon Vocations: Careers; Navigating Our Neighborhoods: Social Science; Finding Strength & Feeling Good: Health; Otherworldly Imagination: Mythology & the Supernatural; Fur, Scales, Feathers, & Tails: Animals; Hooves, Fins, Fangs, & Snouts: Animals; Frontier of Discovery: Science; Observation & Exploration: Life Sciences; Banking on Arithmetic: Mathematics; Full STEM Ahead: STEM; DIY Bonanza: Arts & Activities; Daredevil Reading: Sports; Wordy Ambitions: Language & Literacy; Uniting the States: American History; Culture Accomplishments: World History; Newsmakers, Leaders, & Stars! Oh My!: Biography
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SPRING 2013
Dig In! (editorial); Professional Pursuits: Careers; Around the Globe, Around the Corner: Social Science; Doing and Feeling Good: Social Science; Creatures of the Night: Mythology, the Supernatural, & Folklore; From Pet Cats to Saber Tooths: Animals; From Army Ants to Vampire Bats: Animals; Out-of-This-World Knowledge: General Science; Natural Curiosity: Life Science; It Adds Up: Mathematics; Hi-Tech Action: Engineering, Machines, & Technology; Recipes for Fun: Arts & Activities; Keep It Moving: Sports; Building a Nation: American History; Power, Fortune, and Fame: World History; Pivotal People: Biography
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FALL 2012
Common Core and Common Sense (editorial); Nonfiction Series and the Common Core State Standards (back page); Occupational Success: Careers; Public and Private Lives: Social Science; Urban Legends and Ancient Tales: Mythology, Folktales, & the Supernatural; Packs, Pods, and Prides: Animals; Creature Magnetism: Animals; Endless Discoveries: General Science; The World Inside and Around You: Life Science; Numbers Everywhere: Mathematics; Great Gadgets: Machines, Tools, & Technology; Make It, Do It, and Read All About It: Arts & Activities; Exploration & Recreation: Sports; Writing, Words, and Wondering: Language & Literacy; From Sea to Shining Sea: American History; All the World’s a Stage: World History; Larger Than Life: Biography; For the Fun of It: Mixed Categories
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SPRING 2012
Let the Fun Begin! (editorial); Community Awareness: Social Science; Gods & Monsters: Myths; Wild & Domestic: Animals; Rare, Strange, & Scary: Animals; Questions & Answers: General Science; Wild Weather & Living Things: Life Science; Numbers All Around: Math; Things That Go: Machines & Technology; Menu for Well-Being: Health; Making Movies, Music, & Magic: Arts & Activities; For the Love of the Game: Sports; From Learning Letters to Online Literacy: Language & Literature; United States Magnified: American History; Past to Present: World History; When I Grow Up: Biography & Careers; Across the Dewey Verse: Mixed Categories
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FALL 2011
A Lesson in Everything (editorial); There’s Always Room for More: Suggestions for Series Nonfiction (back page); Working on the Edge: Careers; Society, Safety, and the Changing Times: Social Science; Monster Mash: Mythology, Folktales, and the Supernatural; Critters in the Neighborhood: Animals; Strange, Enormous, and Extraordinary: Animals; Beyond Living Green: Environment; From Kitchens to Crime Scenes: General Science; What’s the Matter?: Physical Science; Crunching Numbers: Mathematics; Spacing Out: Astronomy; Keeping the Doctor Away: Health; Hands-On Reading: Arts and Crafts; Olympic Ambitions: Sports; Poetic Gestures: Language and Literature; Who We Were: American History; From the Ancient World to the Moon: World History; Fascinating Folks: Biography
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SPRING 2011
A Star is Born! (editorial); Pick Me! Pick Me!: It’s not easy to choose a series nonfiction ebook platform (e-book review); The Big Picture: American History; Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Animals; Win, Lose, and Draw: Arts and Crafts; Pioneers and Pop Stars: Biography; Home Sweet Home: Earth; Exciting Explorations: General Science; Ways with Words: Language Arts; What’s Inside: Life Science; Under the Hood: Machines; From Aliens to Zombies: The Mysterious; Friends Indeed: Pets and Working Animals; Simplifying Matter: Physical Science; Fun and Fitness: Sports; What Happened?: World History; Spiny, Scaly, and Scary: Extreme Animals
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FALL 2010
The Kids are Waiting (editorial); At Your Service: Careers; Earth Matters: Environment; Feathers and Fur: Animals; Killer Beasts: Dangerous Animals; Atoms to Earthquakes: General Science; Be Well: Health; Growth and Gross Stuff: Life Science; Materials and Motion: Physical Science; Bigger! Faster! Noisier!: Machines; Tricks and Treats: Arts & Crafts; Being Your Best: Sports; Fanged and Furry: Vampires and Other Myths; Everyday People: American History; Blasts from the Past: Ancient History; Centuries of Struggle: World History; Our Heroes: Biography; Ebooks: A New Generation (what’s next)
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