November 21, 2017

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SLJ Nonfiction Reviews

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Extreme Weather, Global Warming, & More: 15 Life Science Series

The world of science can be such a wondrous place, from weird mammals to backyard insects, from big ideas about space to microscopic bacteria that roam the earth.

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To the Moon and Back: STEM Series with High Interest

The wonders of our galaxy and the death-defying acts of circus performers will prompt students to contemplate on physics, earth science, and more.

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Students Interested in a Career in Tech? We’ve Got You Covered

The latest careers series are ideal for kids and teens who can’t stop making, coding, and developing gadgets.

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13 Series To Foster Social Awareness Among Young People

This season’s lineup does not shy away from complex topics, providing detail analysis of human rights violations, racism in the United States, and more.

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Pop Culture Meets History: 15 Biography Series To Hook Kids

With entries on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zendaya, and others, students will flock to these newest biography series.

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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

Before we get into Vincent and Theo, I want to acknowledge that the National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday evening and the winner for Young People’s Literature was Robin Benway’s Far From the Tree. I’ll be covering that one later in the season and I’ve been intrigued since before it was longlisted for the NBA. I’m adopted and […]

15 Spanish Language Nonfiction Series for Elementary Schoolers

Titles focusing on animals are the stars of this season’s Spanish language selections.

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Kittens & Deathstalker Scorpions: 14 Animal Series Sure To Pique Interest

Lure students into the library with books on unusual creatures, such as axolotls and Polish chickens.

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Gay Pride

Today we have a two-fer! Are you in the mood for a quick nonfiction read? Or perhaps a fictional take on the Grand Tour? Maybe some history with a side of sass? Perhaps a rogue taking a hedonistic last hurrah before shouldering familial responsibilities? OK, I’m going to stop asking questions and just get on […]

Steps in the Right Direction | Series Nonfiction Editorial

The latest edition of Series Made Simple features two all new sections: early learning and Spanish language.

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Can’t-Miss Titles from Jillian Tamaki, Marissa Moss, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

A bevy of graphic novels and nonfiction books for teens interested in STEM, adaptations of classic literature, and much more.

Series Nonfiction Publishers Try Their Hands at Early Learning

Twelve series perfect for curious little ones.

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New Mythology Series To Engage Reluctant Readers

Books on topics such as the colony at Roanoke are a great way to ease students into subject areas they might otherwise avoid.

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Nonfiction: Quirky Cuisine, Poetry, Earth Science & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

Two contemporary poetry titles, additions to the “Ranger Rick” series and much more in this month’s nonfiction Xpress.

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SLJ TV: “Book Nerds” Discuss Stellar Nonfiction Featuring Women

“Book Nerds” hosts Shelley Diaz and Kiera Parrott chat with SLJ nonfiction editor Della Farrell and talk up some of their favorite recent children’s and YA nonfiction about groundbreaking women.

Can an Aardvark Bark?

Can an Aardvark Bark? Written by Melissa Stewart and Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Published in 2017 by Beach Lane Books ISBN 978-1481458528 Grades PK – 4 Book Review: Bark, grunt, squeal, roar…. A chorus of animal vocalizations emanates from science writer Melissa Stewart’s latest picture book, a concept book focusing on the sounds that animals […]

Nonfiction Roundup Part One

Just as this has been a year of grief and tough topics in fiction, nonfiction has been similarly focused on emotionally draining subject. (Or perhaps it’s my personal exhaustion with the state of the world combined with the difficult reads? Hard to say.) Today Sarah and I are reviewing two very different books about the […]

13 Nonfiction Titles for Kids and Teens | October 2017 Xpress Reviews

A bevy of nonfiction titles on such topics as deadly animals, political revolution, and more.

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Striking a Chord: 20 Exceptional Books on Music for Young People

The following fiction and nonfiction titles demonstrate the world-changing power of music, from the birth of the blues to today’s top 40.

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Guest Post – Melissa Stewart: A Look at Expository Literature

Those of you that were fans of Melissa’s previous posting on this blog Diversity in Thinking will be pleased to mark her return. Melissa’s been running a series on her blog about expository literature, including guest posts from experts in the field recommending recent examples you should know about. What exactly is expository literature? I’ll […]