May 2, 2016

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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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All Natural: Life Science | Series Nonfiction

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More water, please! This season’s offerings are all about maintaining and preserving our blue planet, with just a glimpse of the devastating capabilities of nature. Learn about biomes, water treatment plants, tsunamis, genetic diseases, and much more.

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Helping and Healing: Social Sciences | Series Nonfiction

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Understanding and contending with complex social issues are difficult tasks for children and teens. By prioritizing their access to solid, thoughtful resources, we are investing in a better society.

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For the Win: Sports | Series Nonfiction

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Sports books are akin to the Trojan horse. What begins as a look at volleyball can quickly become a STEM, social studies, or Common Core Standards-friendly lesson. Read on to learn about Althea Gibson’s groundbreaking legacy, the science behind gymnastics, and the amazing stats, stories, and upsets of sports history.

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Into the Wild: Animals | Series Nonfiction

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Because wildlife books are so popular, it is necessary to provide the most relevant and informative titles out there—books that give readers a chance to enter discussions on how ecosystems function and how to help conserve and protect them.

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Ever-Changing History: World History | Series Nonfiction

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How does history fare when seen through a contemporary lens? This season is all about using fresh perspectives and interrogating the past.

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Calling All Heroes! Careers & Skills | Series Nonfiction

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With a focus on high-action, often considered dangerous, jobs, this season’s selections promise to motivate and thrill readers with behind-the-scenes looks at smoke jumpers, molecular biologists, Special Forces, and more.

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Our Land: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

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With a nation’s past as complicated as ours, it is essential that we provide young people with balanced accounts of history. This season presents a variety of perspectives, from the indigenous peoples who long cared for this land to recent events through the eyes of past presidents.

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Make Me! Arts & Activities | Series Nonfiction

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Enter maker heaven with titles on Mindstorm, recipes straight from baseball stadiums, and books on how to draw fantasy galore—time to get your crafternoons ready.

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The Whole Story: Editorial | Series Nonfiction

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Considering the current political climate, it is no surprise that many readers find themselves wondering what is fact and what is fiction, what is good information and what is questionable. It is essential that thoughtful, balanced, and nuanced works of nonfiction are available to young people—our country’s future voters.

In “Helping and Healing,” Rita Meade emphasizes the importance of the social sciences in contributing to the development and well-being of young people and their impact on society. In “Bug […]

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The Premier Children’s Nonfiction Forum Returns

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The 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference is back—and boasting three days packed with workshops, panels, and presentations by a prestigious group of industry professionals. Register now for the June event.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood | SLJ Review

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Hood, Susan. Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. illus. by Sally Wern Comport. 40p. photos. websites. S. & S. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481430951. 

Gr 2-5 –Hood tells the story of a real child growing up in an actual place—Cateura—a community of people who live and feed themselves by picking through the tons of trash generated by the capital city of Asunción, Paraguay, and salvaging items to recycle and sell. Despite […]

Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo by Caitlin O’Connell | SLJ Review

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O’Connell, Caitlin. Bridge to the Wild: Behind the Scenes at the Zoo. photos by Caitlin O’Connell & Timothy Rodwell. 208p. ebook available. index. photos. HMH. Aug. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544277397. Pop 

Gr 4-7 –O’Connell takes readers through five days of behind-the-scenes access to a number of different exhibits while introducing some of the amazing inhabitants of Zoo Atlanta. There is so much more happening at a zoo than just the proper care and feeding of […]

The Bee Book | SLJ Review

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The Bee Book. 224p. illus. index. maps. photos. DK. 2016. Tr $25. ISBN 9781465443830. 

Gr 5 Up –Half science lesson and half “how to” manual for beekeeping, this enticing book will keep readers occupied for days, if not longer. The first half discusses bee evolution and what goes on in a hive. Information on honey, beeswax, and colony predators and a brief discussion of colony collapse disorder are followed by discussion of the “waggle dance” and several pages […]

Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You by Cory Silverberg | SLJ Review

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Silverberg, Cory. Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book About Bodies, Feelings, and You. illus. by Fiona Smyth. 160p. glossary. Seven Stories. 2015. Tr $23.95. ISBN 9781609806064. 

Gr 2-6 –Silverberg and Smyth follow up their book for younger readers, What Makes a Baby (Triangle Square, 2013), with this engaging introduction to gender, bodies, and relationships. A diverse cast of cartoon kids—in terms of appearance, ability, and point of view—explore the multiple meanings of the word sex […]

Neighboring Nations | Margarita Engle on Her Work, Cuba, and the History That Binds Us

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Prolific poet, novelist, and storyteller, Margarita Engle has long enchanted readers through folktales and portrayals of figures from Cuban cultural and natural history. Read on for a glimpse of her writing life.