April 23, 2017

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10 Titles to Promote Clean Water Awareness


Books for little ones highlight how water functions as part of an ecosystem, while selections for older readers emphasize the pressing need to protect the world’s clean water supply.

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How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana with Abigail Pesta | SLJ Review


UWIRINGIYIMANA, Sandra with Abigail Pesta. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child. 304p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062470140.

Gr 7 Up –The greatest storytellers connect with readers through universal truths, and Uwiringiyimana tells her own profound story with clarity and honesty. After a heart-pounding cliff-hanger opening, Uwiringiyimana goes back in time to revisit her childhood in Uvira, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although occasionally interrupted by bouts of […]

SLJ’s April 2017 Popular Picks


The latest thriller from Cristin Terrill, a feminist primer for little ones, and a heartfelt memoir by a BuzzFeed editor.

How Are Children’s Publishers Talking About President Trump? | Opinion


Sorting through the euphemisms, misconstructions, and omissions popping up in Trump biographies for kids and teens.

Today’s Economic Issues: Democrats and Republicans by Nancy S. Lind, Erik T. Rankin, & Gardenia Harris | SLJ Review


LIND, Nancy S., Erik T. Rankin, & Gardenia Harris. Today’s Economic Issues: Democrats and Republicans. 387p. (Across the Aisle). bibliog. ebook available. index. glossary. websites. ABC-CLIO. Aug. 2016. Tr $97. ISBN 9781440839368.

Gr 9 Up –The second installment in a series that aims to help readers get a better sense of the political parties, this title focuses on economic issues. In a democracy, each party advocates for what it believes is best for the country and the people. However, […]

Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke | SLJ Review


BEHNKE, Alison Marie. Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality. 160p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. illus. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Apr. 2017. Tr $35.99. ISBN 9781512402681.

Gr 6 Up –Behnke provides an in-depth analysis of the inequalities that people of color experience at different levels of U.S. society, from housing and education to criminal justice and poverty. The author foregrounds her examination with relevant historical context, extensive data from studies, and testimonials to draw evidence-based conclusions while still recognizing […]

Treasures of the Earth | SLJ DVD Review


Treasures of the Earth. (NOVA). 3 hrs. Dist. by PBS. 2017. $24.99. ISBN 9781627898546.

Gr 7 Up –This program contains three hour-long episodes (“Power,” “Gems,” and “Metals”), which examine the earth’s geological resources. Each focuses on the natural forces that have created them and the human manufacturing processes that transform them into products. For example, viewers learn about different metals used in jewelry, warfare, and modern electrical wiring. Through computer animation, the program details atomic composition, production techniques, and […]

3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies


These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women


A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Come On in, America: The United States in World War I by Linda Osborne | SLJ Review


OSBORNE, Linda Barrett. Come On in, America: The United States in World War I. 176p. bibliog. index. photos. reprods. Abrams. Mar. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781419723780.

Gr 9 Up –What begins as an overview of U.S. involvement in World War I expands into how the Great War impacted the lives of Americans at home and on the battlefield. Osborne effectively juxtaposes issues such as censorship, propaganda, prejudice, discrimination, and violence that arose in the United States against the democratic […]

Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman | SLJ Review


HEILIGMAN, Deborah. Vincent and Theo: The van Gogh Brothers. 464p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. index. notes. reprods. Holt. Apr. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780805093391.

Gr 7 Up –Central to understanding the artist Vincent van Gogh was his relationship with his younger brother Theo, recorded for posterity in the nearly 700 surviving letters they wrote to each other. Here, Heiligman delivers an exquisitely told, heartfelt portrayal of that deep emotional and intellectual bond. It was an attachment solidified in the […]

Taking Action and Reading Orwell | Nonfiction Series Update


Animals and author biographies for the elementary crowd and a timely focus on social issues for tweens and teens.

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From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March


Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power by Ann Bausum | SLJ Review


BAUSUM, Ann. The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power. 144p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. National Geographic. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781426326653; lib. ed. $27.90. ISBN 9781426326660.

Gr 9 Up –An edifying and timely exposition of James Meredith and the March Against Fear and their impact on U.S. history, past and present. Bausum’s clear language and smart use of archival photos and pull quotes document how Meredith’s […]

Teens Creating Change, Past and Present


A bevy of titles about activists and activism for young people.

The Wild World of Gaming | Dustin Hansen on “Game On!”


“Games create problem solvers.” Hansen on the importance of video games in learning environments.

Black Contributions Matter | SLJ Spotlight


These titles are an evocation of the depth and richness of black artistry and creativity.

The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw by Mark Crilley | SLJ Review


CRILLEY, Mark. The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How To Draw. illus. by Mark Crilley. 138p. ebook available. Crown/Watson-Guptill. Jul. 2016. pap. $18.99. ISBN 9780385346337.

Gr 4 Up –David is awed by an older student who can draw cars, and he wants to be able to do the same. When he asks Becky, an artist drawing in the park, for a quick lesson, the small request turns into an entire summer of progressive tutorials that readers […]

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin | SLJ Review


MARRIN, Albert. Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II. 256p. ebook available. further reading. index. notes. photos. websites. Knopf. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553509366; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780553509373.

Gr 7 Up –The Japanese American internment during World War II is the subject of National Book Award finalist Marrin’s latest historical nonfiction for adolescents. He ties together chronological events with thematic elements (how racism operated during World War II) to tell the story of this dark […]

Secret Agent STEM | SLJ Spotlight


From murderous poisoners to poop-sniffing dogs, there is a wealth of educational and accessible material here.