June 25, 2017

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“Everyday Inequality” and the Criminal Justice System | New YA Books

New fiction and nonfiction books explore the intersection of African American youth, the police, and our prison industrial complex.

Flaps, Folds, and Facts: Adventuring with Interactive Books

A selection of enjoyable interactive books that encourage basic literacy skills, provide informational content, and inspire curiosity.

KitaabWorld | Connecting the World to South Asia, One Book at a Time

Books and games reflecting South Asian cultures are now readily available to parents, teachers, and librarians thanks to a new online bookstore.

Walk on the Weird Side | Graphic Novels

Fantasy and sci-fi tales—with their nuanced world-building, bizarre characters, and intense action—lend themselves perfectly to graphic novels.

“You’re In the Wrong Bathroom!” | Professional Shelf

The authors of a new book confront pervasive misinformation on transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

Where Secrets Lurk… | New YA Mysteries

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

Autism and Families | Professional Shelf

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

“Vincent and Theo” | A Conversation with Deborah Heiligman

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

A host of new titles celebrate the achievements of women.

Fictional Introductions to Remarkable Real-Life Women

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

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

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

Celebrating Black History: Real People and Real Lives

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

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