July 22, 2016

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Deliberate Research and Inclusive History: A Chat with Sarah Albee | Nonfiction Matters

Sarah Albee

Sarah Albee is passionate about the research process—be it about famous historical figures, insects, or the evolution of the toilet.

The Bee Book | 30-Second Booktalk

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A mini booktalk about one of our favorite new nonfiction titles, The Bee Book.

Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari | SLJ Review

Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari

Gianferrari, Maria. Coyote Moon. illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. 32p. further reading. websites. Roaring Brook. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626720411. 

K-Gr 2 –A captivating and atmospheric title about a mother coyote on the hunt through a suburban landscape. Readers join the coyote as she leaves her pups in the den and travels through a neighborhood, a golf course, and a lakeside—all in pursuit of a mouse, a flock of geese, a rabbit, and, finally, one unfortunate […]

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy | SLJ Review

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Levy, Debbie. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley. 40p. bibliog. photos. S. & S. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481465595. 

Gr 3-5 –Ruth Bader Ginsburg grew up in a time different from today; girls were taught to aspire to be wives and mothers—not study at college and become lawyers. This picture book biography of Justice Ginsburg traces her achievements in the field of law back to her girlhood years, emphasizing […]

Around America To Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff | SLJ Review

Around America To Win the Vote Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff

Rockliff, Mara. Around America To Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. illus. by Hadley Hooper. 40p. further reading. Candlewick. Aug. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763678937. POP 

K-Gr 3 –A car made up of bright primary colors—yellow hood, blue doors, and red luggage compartment—transports suffragists Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, a kitten, and readers across the United States all in the name of “Votes for Women!” Throughout, the pacing is excellent, and Rockliff […]

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | July 2016

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The heartrending journey of three elephants, ballpark recipes, and atlases and fact books galore.

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Small Steps | SLJ Spotlight

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Forget the electoral process; students may need a refresher on what Washington, DC, even looks like! These titles will have readers ready to set off on the right foot toward greater political knowledge.

Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School by Laura Scandiffio | SLJ Review

Fight To Learn The Struggle To Go to School

Scandiffio, Laura. Fight To Learn: The Struggle To Go to School. 176p. further reading. index. notes. photos. Annick. Sept. 2016. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781554517985; pap. $14.96. ISBN 9781554517978.  

Gr 5-8 –The obstacles children face worldwide to obtain an education are discussed in accessible terms using real-life examples of how youth and adults fight these barriers—from gender bias in the Middle East to gang violence in Chicago to poverty in India. The work is divided into […]

United States Encyclopedia: People, Places, and Events | SLJ Review

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United States Encyclopedia: People, Places, and Events. 272p. chron. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. reprods. websites. National Geographic. Sept. 2016. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781426320927. 

Gr 4 Up –Every inch of this book is expertly executed. In the first section, “Story of a Nation,” the author explains in a succession of tidy spreads how the United States was shaped socially, politically, and geographically by major forces, such as the arrival of the English in North America. Following this […]

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | June 2016

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Inside an orangutan orphanage, all about Minecraft, and a bevy of weird factoids sure to attract browsers.

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Wildlife of the World | SLJ Review

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Wildlife of the World. 480p. index. photos. DK. Oct. 2015. Tr $50. ISBN 9781465438041. 

Gr 4 Up –Looking outside one’s window can give students an appreciation for nature, and this volume greatly widens the view. Detailed data panels provide a snapshot of the size, diet, status, and habitat of each species. The book begins with information on animal habitats and then shifts the focus to species in more than 40 ecoregions. Vibrant, full-color images illuminate the pages, with […]

Sabotage: The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb | SLJ Review

Sabotage The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Bascomb, Neal. Sabotage: The Mission To Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb. 320p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545732437; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9780545735339. 

Gr 8 Up –The people of Norway had hoped to remain neutral during World War II as they had in the Great War, but that hope was shattered when Nazi Germany invaded Norway’s ports in the early days of April 1940. In addition to taking over Norway’s […]

Integrating Nonfiction into Your Summer Booktalking | Nonfiction Notions

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

Tenacious Trailblazers | SLJ Spotlight

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When discussing innovations, whether they are related to science, sports, or even backyard fun, it is important to give proper respect to those responsible. These titles provide an engaging and lively look at the individuals behind such beloved cultural artifacts as the Super Soaker and baseball or, in the case of Tiny Stitches, a poignant portrait of Vivien Thomas and his contributions to the medical community.

Barton, Chris. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. illus. […]

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain with Gregory Mone & Erica Moroz | SLJ Review

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Cain, Susan with Gregory Mone & Erica Moroz. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts. illus. by Grant Snider. 288p. notes. Dial. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803740600. POP

Gr 6 Up –Cain is well known for her adult book and TED Talk on the contributions that introverts have made to society in a world that seems powered by extroverts. In this edition, she addresses the challenges that young introverts face. Unfortunately for introverts, who make […]

Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species by Jeff Campbell | SLJ Review

Last of the Giants by Jeff Campbell

Campbell, Jeff. Last of the Giants: The Rise and Fall of Earth’s Most Dominant Species. 288p. bibliog. websites. Zest. 2016. pap. $13.99. ISBN 9781942186045. 

Gr 9 Up –The extinctions of giant (both in size and number) species at the mercy of nature and humanity turn out to be a fascinating and jarring lesson for our present. Chronicling the fates of aurochs, moa, passenger pigeons, and sea cows, alongside the unresolved destinies of today’s lions and tigers, […]

The Mummy Makers of Egypt by Tamara Bower | SLJ Review

The Mummy Makers of Egypt by Tamara Bower

Bower, Tamara. The Mummy Makers of Egypt. illus. by Tamara Bower. 40p. maps. Seven Stories. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781609806002. Pop 

Gr 4-6 –Award-winning author and illustrator Bower reveals the process of Egyptian embalming in a colorful and informative manner. The narrative follows the death and embalming of Yuya, an official of the royal court whose tomb was discovered in 1905 near the Valley of the Kings. The text begins with the historical context of embalming […]

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

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On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

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Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands by Susan L Roth & Cindy Trumbore | SLJ Review

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Roth, Susan L. & Cindy Trumbore. Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands. illus. by Susan L. Roth. 40p. bibliog. chron. glossary. Lee & Low. Apr. 2016. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781620142455. 

Gr 1-3–The North American prairie, a balanced ecosystem of prairie dogs and other animals and plants, thrived for thousands of years. Yet within 60 years of the arrival of farmers and ranchers, it was almost destroyed. The discovery of a remnant prairie […]

Bug Burgers to Black Holes: General Science | Series Nonfiction

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Covering everything from toilets to the electromagnetic spectrum, these titles aim to inspire readers to look beyond seemingly ordinary occurrences and into the underlying scientific principles that define our lives.

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