April 23, 2017

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Where Secrets Lurk… | New YA Mysteries

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A trio of new books venture into the lives of teens determined to uncover the truths that lie beneath the surface of family memories and histories.

Gardens Galore: Embrace Spring with These Great Books

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From flower blossoms to farmers’ market bounty, these picture books celebrate all sorts of growing things and nurture an appreciation of backyard nature.

Buried Alive | The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave

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A 400-year-old mystery involving one of the greatest artists of all time is explored in “Buried Alive: The Secret Michelangelo Took to His Grave,” a thrilling, free app from Time Traveler Tours.

Rogues and Riches on the Sea | Martin W. Sandler’s “The Whydah”

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The 1985 discovery of the Whydah marked the first time a pirate ship was recovered, and its ongoing excavation continues to yield surprising information about the era and life on the sea.

Poetry Picks | New Titles for Young Readers

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Kwame Alexander honors beloved poets; Chris Raschka illustrates Keats; and Marilyn Singer dances the salsa in Feel the Beat.

Reading Around the World | Picture Books

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Blending striking artwork, captivating storytelling, and universal themes, these recently published picture books provide glimpses at the lives of children across the globe.

Earth Day, Every Day | On the Screen

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Leaping lemurs and the pure blue orchid are among the photogenic stars of three visually arresting documentaries.

Autism and Families | Professional Shelf

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We’ve rounded up a host of resources for families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

“Vincent and Theo” | A Conversation with Deborah Heiligman

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In her stunning dual biography of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, the author delivers a breathtaking portrait of their relationship.

Athletes, Activists, and Other Amazing Women | Women’s History Month

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A host of new titles celebrate the achievements of women.

Fictional Introductions to Remarkable Real-Life Women

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More intimate than traditional biographies, these carefully researched, these well-written works of historical fiction provide inviting introductions to real-life, fascinating women.

The Book Problem — And One Community’s Solution

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When left to a group of eight-year-olds, a solution to a classroom issue aided an entire community.

Where Empathy Begins | The Work of Bob Graham

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Bob Graham’s whimsical stories are tender, childlike, adventurous, and kind.

Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

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Dig into the past and explore the historical events, personal perspectives, and challenges and achievements that have contributed to the black experience in the United States with these recently published titles.

The Importance of Play | Professional Shelf

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When block and housekeeping corners give way to flash cards and workbooks, children don’t necessarily benefit academically.

On the Screen | Black History Month

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From the world of sports, music, dance, and politics, these portraits of tenacious trailblazers will give a boost to curricula and offer a varied range of subject matter year round.

Outside the Frame | New YA Fiction About Teen Artists

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In these recent titles, the world is a canvas for teen artists.

Seriously STEM | Spectacular Visual Guides for the Classroom and Library

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Stunning photography, 3-D illustrations, and learner-friendly formatting distinguish a crop of new and updated science compendiums.

Into the Future With Shana Corey’s “The Secret Subway” | A Lesson Plan

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A pneumatically powered railway under the streets of New York City in the 1870s? You bet. Share Shana Corey’s delightful “The Secret Subway” and these standards-aligned lesson plans with your students.

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” | Professional Shelf

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A third grade teacher asked her students to complete a simple sentence. Their responses were eye-opening.