December 3, 2016

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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 […]

Fascinating Past (and Present) Lives: Biography | Series Nonfiction

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A rich and diverse lineup of biographies showcase fascinating subjects, from Alan Turning to Misty Copeland.

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Ever-Changing Forces: World History | Series Nonfiction

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Read on to discover new series to engage students in our collective world history.

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Science Is Everywhere: General Science | Series Nonfiction

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An uptick in titles that integrate elements of pop culture with STEM subjects mark this latest batch of series nonfiction.

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Eye of Hansel and Toe of Bigfoot: Myth | Series Nonfiction

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An eclectic mix of ghouls, ghosts, and beasts with added bits of retold and fractured fairy tales fill this season’s cauldron.

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Innovation on the Move: Science & Technology | Series Nonfiction

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Bigger and better is the motto behind most of the featured machinery and technology titles this season.

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Wide, Wide World: Life Science | Series Nonfiction

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Ranging from natural disasters and phenomena to defensive plants and micromonsters, these varied and eclectic series will hook readers while imparting a deeper understanding of life science.

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A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent by Anne Rockwell | SLJ Review

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ROCKWELL, Anne. A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent. illus. by Floyd Cooper. 32p. ebook available. further reading. Carolrhoda. Nov. 2016. lib. ed. $17.99. ISBN 9781467749336.

Gr 2-5 –Rockwell’s detailed yet accessible text is perfectly matched with Cooper’s exceptional oil paintings in this picture book biography. Using a muted color palette and done in a grainy style, the art imparts a sense of historical drama in each spread and expertly draws readers […]

Global Citizens: Social Science | Series Nonfiction

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How can we prompt young people to become more involved in their communities? Start by reading on.

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Learn by Doing: Arts & Activities | Series Nonfiction

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The seamless integration of information into crafting projects is what elevates activity books into must-haves. Check out these latest offerings to refresh collections.

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It’s a Big Place: Geography | Series Nonfiction

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From U.S. states to international cuisines, kids and teens are in for a real trip around the world in this fall’s lineup. Multiple series on how to use and read maps are timely and add depth to geography lessons.

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Apply Today! Careers & Skills | Series Nonfiction

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Career options that embrace students of all abilities and talents make up this fall’s series nonfiction.

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Game On!: Sports | Series Nonfiction

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Sports readers of all ages, from rookies to junior varsity stars, will be signing up for a chance to checkout these titles.

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