The heartrending journey of three elephants, ballpark recipes, and atlases and fact books galore.
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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.
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. 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 […]
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. 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 […]
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 […]
Nonfiction Notions columnist Jennifer Wharton recommends several recent nonfiction titles and offers simple ways to include them in summer reading booktalking.
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
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
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, […]
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 […]
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.
Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands by Susan L Roth & Cindy Trumbore | SLJ Review
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
How does history fare when seen through a contemporary lens? This season is all about using fresh perspectives and interrogating the past.