December 4, 2016

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Orders, Species, and Breeds: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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This focus on the variety among animal groups, and how those differing species contribute to their ecosystems, offers a wealth of critical thinking material.

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Creatures Large and Small, Far and Near: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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Whether students enjoy their beasts friendly and furry or slick and terrifying, a variety of creatures roam this section. An emphasis on marine wildlife is an added bonus.

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Wild, Weird, and Wonderful | SLJ Spotlight

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These selections are odes to all of the fierce, creepy, and, in some cases, elusive beasts that ordinarily make even the toughest of us say “eek!”

Into the Wild: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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Because wildlife books are so popular, it is necessary to provide the most relevant and informative titles out there—books that give readers a chance to enter discussions on how ecosystems function and how to help conserve and protect them.

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Creatures Near and Far: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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High-quality graphics and nonfiction elements in a series are what makes even popular subjects such as cats and dogs stand out. Read on to get to know your at-home and backyard animals better.

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Browsers’ Delights | Animal Compendiums

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Three new, generously illustrated animal books offer young browsers more than an afternoon of delight.

Creature Features | Starring the Best of the New Animal Compendiums

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Look into the formidable eyes of an Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake, stare down the toothy jaws of a crocodile, spy some razor-clawed flying prehistoric bipeds, and take a peek at the more than 130 cat breeds in these compendiums of animals past and present.

The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson | SLJ Review

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DAWSON, Willow. The Wolf-Birds. illus. by Willow Dawson. 40p. bibliog. Owlkids. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771470544. LC 2015900227.
K-Gr 2–This attractive picture book portrays the relationship between wolves and ravens, explaining how these birds often lead wolves to prey that both creatures can then eat. Having lost the chase of an evasive bison, the cold, wandering wolves follow a familiar cry, “the sound of hungry ravens!” Working together, wolves and “wolf-birds” track and hunt prey to keep starvation at bay […]

A Fresh Look at the Familiar: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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While most of these creatures have been covered multiple times in the past, continuing trends such as presenting this material to younger audiences, giving it fresh treatments, and including instructional or reading tools make these titles different.

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From Hunters to Helpers, from Amazing to Endangered: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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Whether highlighting unusual animals, spotlighting endangered species, or examining creatures that are just plain cute, the best of these sets share common qualities, such as strong writing, excellent images, and attention to detail.

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Debunk Myths, Lounge Around with Leopards, and Bite into “Chocolate” | Nonfiction Grades 5 & Up

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This month’s stellar nonfiction includes a guide for armchair travelers from the Lewins, a history of chocolate, and a can’t-miss title on critical thinking.

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Sign Language Primers, Graphic Guide to Science, and Selections on the Civil Rights Movement | Nonfiction Series Update

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SLJ presents Nonfiction Series Update, continuations in ongoing series that are not to be missed. This installment, check out the latest on animals, sign language, cell division, civil rights, and more.

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History, Animals, and Zombies | Reference

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This month’s reference titles offer a detailed look at U.S. history that’s ideal for young readers, two animal-related guides, and, for readers who can’t get enough of all things undead, Encyclopedia of the Zombie.

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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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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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Author Bios, Animal Books, and Career Advice | Nonfiction Series Update

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Check out the latest in nonfiction series, including continuations of previously reviewed series as well as some new offerings that librarians won’t want to miss.

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Squirrel Tales, Sibling Woes, and Conflict in Darfur | Grades 5-8 Fiction

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Fiction for the middle-grade set includes both the light and lively, with Lynne Rae Perkins’s “true” tale of squirrels, and the stark and serious, with Andrea Davis Pinkney’s The Red Pencil.

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Q&A: Kathleen Krull on the History of Zoos

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In her latest picture book What’s New? The Zoo!: A Zippy History of Zoos (illustrated by Marcellus Hall), author Kathleen Krull fills readers in on the ins and outs of fascinating animal collections and menageries from ancient times to the present day.

From Teacup Pigs to Flying Dragons: Wild and Wacky Animal Books | Series Made Simple

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Animal books are always a draw, and these new series titles on wild animals (mandrills, pygmy mice, and more) are no exception.

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Friendly & Fearsome Animals | Series Made Simple

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Using rich photos, great nonfiction features, and embracing species on the verge of extinction, these timely series will excite your readers this season.

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