October 2, 2015

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Take Wing | New Books About Birds


Use these fun-to-share offerings that utilize a variety of formats, illustrative styles, and narrative focuses to support a unit on birds, facilitate comparisons between different informational texts, and encourage imaginations to soar.

It’s All About the Birds | Touch and Go


Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies in United States, generating enthusiasm across age groups and demographics. Digital references for these hobbyists are on the rise.

Birds of a Feather | New Titles to Welcome Those Harbingers of Spring


The arrival of migrant birds is a welcome harbinger of spring. Share these new titles with your patrons as we celebrate the homecoming of our feathered friends.

On the Radar—Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: New Science Nonfiction Supports Common Core

Book cover of underwater animals

During the last ten years, researchers have learned that elementary students are more likely to read and hear fiction in their classrooms more than informational text. However, if you ever visited an elementary school library, you’d see that far more nonfiction is circulated on average than fiction. Kids love to see the photographs and learn more about their world. Consequently, those books have the commonly known disease of the banana-peel spine. They’ve been read so much their spines are literally peeling off the book. With an increase in emphasis on informational text due to adoption of Common Core State Standards, nonfiction circulation is bound to increase. These new nonfiction releases will satisfy the standards while feeding your starved-for-information students and patrons.