Carole Boston Weatherford is known for her many award-winning books—both nonfiction and poetry— that combine careful historical research with breathtaking lyricism. Her latest book imagines the anticipation and exhilaration of a few hours of freedom experienced by enslaved Africans in early 19th-century New Orleans.
Through compelling stories, dynamic texts, and striking artwork, this selection of recently published picture books highlights trailblazing African Americans.
As we learn more about the cosmos, it’s essential to replace older books with up-to-date titles. Here are a few to fill the gaps on your shelves.
Handsomely illustrated and eloquently told, these picture book biographies offer insightful introductions to noteworthy African Americans who have defined their place in the world by following their passions and pursuing their art.
While sometimes seen as lightweight, frivolous fare or eye candy, record books and almanacs can help students develop an understanding of measurement, draw historical comparisons, and make connections, and are often the gateway to the enjoyment of other nonfiction titles.
While there’s much written about the groundhog and Groundhog Day, it’s not always clear how much of it is based on fact—which is why a look into the habits and behaviors of this rodent offers a great opportunity for classroom research.
In her book Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, Megan Dowd Lambert demonstrates how the very young can engage in sophisticated discussions about design elements that add meaning to text.
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.
While favorite authors from Dr. Seuss to Mo Willems remain perennial favorites with our earliest readers, each year brings new authors and titles to share with this audience.
Employing a variety of narrative approaches and illustrative styles, these up-to-date, lively presentations impart basic information about human biology.
In a series of stunning poems, Newbery and Coretta Scott King awards honoree Marilyn Nelson introduces readers to My Seneca Village, a multiethnic 19th-century community that thrived on the edge of what today is New York City’s Central Park
From cyberattacks and idisorders to wrongful convictions and medical ethics, a selection of new nonfiction books provides depth and context to topics of current interest.
Set against a backdrop of dramatic world events, three engrossing and vividly written novels provide glimpses at history from the relatable perspectives of their young narrators.
Children love photo-essays and stories about animals and educators looking to introduce global issues into the curriculum often find endangered animals a good place to start. The World Wildlife Fund provides a digital offering on the topic, with an update to their WWF Together app, available free on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.
Focusing on some of today’s hottest topics, these books provide critical updates and add context and depth to news stories on environmental and global issues.
I’m Your Neighbor (IYN), a project and website that promotes the use of children’s literature featuring “new arrival” cultures to engage communities “in a discussion of commonalities and differences.”
Three new superbly written books feature unique protagonists with compelling points of view and provide insight into the experiences of others, while underscoring the extraordinary courage of otherwise ordinary kids
With his latest book, This Side of Wild, Gary Paulsen explores pivotal experiences in his own life, such as running the Iditarod, and describes the profound effect that animals and the wilderness have had on him.