February 21, 2017

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An Antidote for the Winter Blues | SLJ Spotlight on Nonfiction

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Cold, blustery days got elementary students down? These spring-related titles are just the ticket to get kids energized for longer and warmer days ahead.

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

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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, […]

SLJ’s February 2017 Popular Picks

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These materials will fly off the shelves, from a story about a young boy who loves his green pants to a timely YA novel centered on gun violence and Islamophobia by Barry Lyga.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer | SLJ Review

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MAURER, Tracy Nelson. Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. illus. by Mircea Catusanu. 40p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. further reading. notes. websites. Millbrook. Jan. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781467794107.

Gr 3-5 –Maurer and Catusanu have created a wonderfully clever and humorous depiction of Noah Webster as an outspoken, driven man who endlessly advocated for weaning Americans from British influence by producing a lexicon of truly American words with American pronunciations. For example, at that time, the terms skunk, hickory, and chowder […]

Motor Girls!: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century by Sue Macy | SLJ Review

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MACY, Sue. Motor Girls!: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly into the Twentieth Century. 96p. further reading. notes. photos. websites. National Geographic. Feb. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781426326974.

Gr 6 Up –This meticulously researched account of early automobiles and women is an excellent companion to Macy’s previous title Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Macy delves into early automobile history through the use of primary […]

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin | SLJ Review

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SHEINKIN, Steve. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team. 288p. bibliog. ebook available. notes. photos. Roaring Brook. Jan. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781596439542.

Gr 6 Up –Proclaimed “the greatest all-around athlete in the world” by legendary football coach Glenn “Pop” Warner, Jim Thorpe dominated sports in the early 1900s. His natural athleticism, in tandem with Warner’s innovative coaching style, helped establish the Carlisle Indian Industrial School’s football program as one of the nation’s best, eclipsing perennial […]

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | February 2017

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A truly vast array of informational materials, from a glimpse at the inspiring female athletes of the 2016 Olympic Games to a Chickasaw astronaut’s story to Donna Jo Napoli’s Tales from the Arabian Nights.

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The Champ is Here | SLJ Spotlight

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A mix of picture book and YA biographies that focus on well-known athletes who not only excelled in their respective leagues but also created lasting cultural change.

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Titles

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Over 150 of the most hotly anticipated spring and summer titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species by Sandra Markle | SLJ Review

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MARKLE, Sandra. The Search for Olinguito: Discovering a New Species. 40p. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. maps. notes. photos. websites. Millbrook. Jan. 2017. lib. ed. $30.65. ISBN 9781512410150.

Gr 3-6 –“Nothing new under the sun,” goes the old saying, but apparently there is. Consider the first “new” carnivore spotted in the Americas in 35 years—the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina), a small furry member of the raccoon family, hiding in plain sight (though nocturnal in nature) in the Ecuadorian rain […]

Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d by Mary Losure | SLJ Review

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LOSURE, Mary. Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d. 176p. bibliog. index. notes. photos. reprods. Candlewick. Feb. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763670634.

Gr 6-8 –Losure brings a world-renowned scientist to life. Isaac Newton’s story, from his tough formative years through the end of his life, is ably told and peppered with a mix of Old English and scientific terms. Fascinating details, such as experiments with mercury that involved him tasting the poisonous element, humanize him and will keep […]

Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | January 2017

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From animals and nature to dating advice for teen boys, January’s online-only reviews include a variety of accessible and informational titles.

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It Begins with Listening | Up Close with Kwame Alexander

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SLJ discusses poetry and animal conservation with the award-winning author.

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Nonfiction Xpress Reviews | December 2016

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These 10 lively and engaging informational books include appealing designs and feature lots of animals, some LEGOs, and a few laughs along the way.

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Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm | SLJ Review

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BANG, Molly & Penny Chisholm. Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth. illus. by Molly Bang. 48p. (The Sunlight Series). Scholastic/Blue Sky. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545805414.

Gr 1-3 –A celebration of the grandeur and power of the sun, a source of energy that provides humans with warmth and light. Told from the point of view of the sun (“I lift water from the salty sea by warming the ocean’s surface waters.”), this selection […]

Giving the Gift of Nonfiction | Nonfiction Notions

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When thinking about holiday gift-giving this season, don’t forget about nonfiction!

Young People First | Series Nonfiction Editorial

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After such a tumultuous and unpredictable year, it is essential to continue reaching out to children and teens.

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The Limits of Nonfiction | The Last Word

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Classification issues arise as recent children’s titles push boundaries.

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Robots, Early Learning on the Rise: What’s Trending in Kids’ Books

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While ebooks have stalled, the outlook for the children’s book market looks good. That data and coming trends were unpacked at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit.

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History by Walter Dean Myers | SLJ Review

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MYERS, Walter Dean. Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History. illus. by Floyd Cooper. 40p. bibliog. chron. HarperCollins. Jan. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780060277093.

Gr 2-5 –This picture book biography draws on Frederick Douglass’s autobiographies to examine his motivations and his lasting impact on U.S. history. Using erasers and oil on board, Cooper conveys Douglass’s determination, portraying him as strong and serious even as a child. The artwork depicts Douglass’s growing awareness that a life outside of slavery might […]