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September 23, 2014

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The Wonders of Science in Elementary Nonfiction │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Behold the beautiful dung beetle

From dung beetles that eat on the job to farmers who search leaves by hand every day, facts gleaned in the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have your patrons glued to the beautifully illustrated picture books.

Pick of the Day: Gravity

Gravity

Chin introduces youngsters to the concept of gravity, presenting the information in highly understandable language and in captivating paintings that will delight young readers.

New Bites: American Indian Youth Lit, Gryphon, & CBC Awards Announced

Picture book of Native American girl and Christmas Tree

Following 2013 ALA Midwinter, many awards for children’s literature were announced, including the American Indian Youth Lit, Gryphon, and the Children’s Book Committee Awards.

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.