October 18, 2017

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9 Nonfiction Series for Back-to-School Reading

New series nonfiction covering a range of subjects from refugees to the International Space Station.

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The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater | SLJ Review

SLATER, Dashka. The 57 Bus. 320p. Farrar. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374303235.

Gr 6 Up –On November 4, 2013, Sasha, a high school senior from Oakland, CA, was napping on the 57 bus home from school. Shortly thereafter, Richard, another Oakland teen, boarded the bus with his two friends. When the trio’s jokes took a dark turn, Richard’s and Sasha’s lives were forever changed. Slater, who originally covered the crime for the New York Times magazine, here breaks down the series of events into […]

A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg | SLJ Review

FRYDENBORG, Kay. A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human. 256p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. HMH. Mar. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544286566.

Gr 7 Up –It may come as no surprise that our canine companions descended from wolves, but this title describes a coevolution and cooperation with humans that may have begun much earlier than scientists once estimated. The 1994 discovery and carbon dating of tracks of a wolflike dog and a […]

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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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 […]

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.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler | SLJ Review

SANDLER, Martin W. The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found. 176p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. Candlewick. Mar. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763680336.

Gr 6 Up –Sandler dispels many popular pirate-related myths and offers a more realistic and factual view of the era of piracy in the New World. Instead of living in abject poverty at the mercy of kings and nobles, many men embraced piracy as a means to support their families and live a comfortable life, […]

Debbie Bornstein Holinstat on Holocaust “Survivors Club”

SLJ recently spoke with Holinstat about her and her father’s book, an SLJ Popular Pick.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

SLJ’s January 2017 Popular Picks

SLJ is ringing in the New Year with this January Popular Picks list! This month includes a story about a badger who realizes his obsession with cleanliness has gone too far; the return of Aaron Blabey’s “Bad Guys”; a stunning graphic novel about Artemis, the goddess of the hunt; and an autobiography by soccer star Carli Lloyd, recently voted FIFA’s Best Women’s Soccer Player.

SLJ’s December Popular Picks

Featuring a tale about a rooster who refuses to stay silent, a new graphic novel series about a narwhal and his jellyfish companion, and a middle grade Cyrano de Bergerac, this month’s Popular Picks are bound to fly off shelves.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden | SLJ Review

BOLDEN, Tonya. Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls. 128p. bibliog. glossary. index. notes. photos. Abrams. Jan. 2017. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781419714559.

Gr 5-8 –The lives of 16 fascinating and innovative black men and women are given due recognition in this masterly work. Bolden makes use of a variety of features to convey information in an accessible yet deeply enlightening manner. For instance, sidebars titled “In His/Her Time” provide historical context without burdening the main text with lengthy […]

Black Contributions Matter | SLJ Spotlight

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

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | November 2016

A compelling look at the ecosystem, careers in leadership, and everything readers ever wanted to know about the human body.

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From Antiquity to Zuckerberg | Nonfiction Series Update

This latest batch of series nonfiction for elementary and middle school students is an eclectic mix of art, STEM, history, and more.

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March: Book Three by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin | SLJ Review

Lewis, John & Andrew Aydin. March: Book Three. illus. by Nate Powell. 192p. Top Shelf. Aug. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781603094023. 

Gr 8 Up –In the final installment in the trilogy, Congressman Lewis concludes his firsthand account of the civil rights era. Simultaneously epic and intimate, this dynamic work spotlights pivotal moments (the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; the Freedom Summer murders; the 1964 Democratic National Convention; and the Selma to […]

Take a Bite Out of Summer Reading with Shark Week–Themed Titles

What could possibly make the end of the school year even better…shark week! Here are a few nonfiction titles straight from SLJ archives sure to please novices and experts alike.

The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery | SLJ Review

 Montgomery, Sy. The Great White Shark Scientist. photos by Keith Ellenbogen. 80p. (Scientists in the Field Series). bibliog. index. websites. HMH. Jun. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544352988. POP

Gr 5-8 –Prepare to be enveloped in saltwater air and dizzying blue water in this latest entry from veteran author Montgomery. A tense opening line delivered by 52-year-old great white shark biologist Greg Skomal is sure to hook readers: “It’s pretty treacherous right here.” But as they will […]

Integrating Nonfiction into Your Summer Booktalking | Nonfiction Notions

Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton recommends several recent nonfiction titles and offers simple ways to include them in summer reading booktalking.