November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | April 2015

This month’s can’t-miss titles include a creative picture book take on manners, a middle grade read set at the circus, and a spine-tingling short story collection.

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Taking It to the Stage With Readers Theater

Readers Theater gets kids up on their feet and learning—and it’s lots of fun.

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A Modern-Day Snow White, Victorian London, and Dark Dystopia Galore | Series Update

YA readers eager to catch up on the activities of their favorite heroes and heroines will enjoy diving into novels by Eric Walters, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Susan Kim, and more.

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Unlocking History With Lorenzo Pace | Series Nonfiction

A new series shines a light on the African American experience

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America the Beautiful: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

With their attention-grabbing graphics, dynamic layouts, and fact-filled, fun content, these new sets truly immerse readers deep within the rich, nuanced history of our nation.

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Keeping Current: Editorial | Series Nonfiction

Arming ourselves with quality nonfiction, we can more than meet the task of ensuring that our students emerge as well-rounded, critical thinkers.

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Legends Meet History and Science: Mythology | Series Nonfiction

This season’s offerings of classical mythology and modern legends present a broad array of topics: Greek and Roman gods, zombies and werewolves, witches and oracles, extraterrestrial beings, and more.

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Navigating the World Through Books: Social Science | Series Nonfiction

Whether you’re a school librarian looking to supplement your curriculum or a public librarian fulfilling student or parent requests for materials that address certain issues, there is something for everyone in this season’s offerings.

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Rich with Possibilities: Careers & Skills | Series Nonfiction

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” can be a daunting question. The series reviewed here will offer a variety of new answers, including roller-coaster engineer, SWAT team member, Hollywood animal trainer, volcanologist, stunt coordinator, and food taster.

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Past, Present, & Future: General Science | Series Nonfiction

Whether curious about the planets or physics, math or medicine, readers will discover a wealth of information about the various disciplines of science and technology in these thought-provoking series.

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Pollution, Pollination, Plague: Science & Natural History | Series Nonfiction

Spanning subjects from disease to the food chains and beyond, these new arrivals remain solid examples of the science.

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A Fresh Look at the Familiar: Animals | Series Nonfiction

While most of these creatures have been covered multiple times in the past, continuing trends such as presenting this material to younger audiences, giving it fresh treatments, and including instructional or reading tools make these titles different.

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From Hunters to Helpers, from Amazing to Endangered: Animals | Series Nonfiction

Whether highlighting unusual animals, spotlighting endangered species, or examining creatures that are just plain cute, the best of these sets share common qualities, such as strong writing, excellent images, and attention to detail.

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Game On: Sports | Series Nonfiction

These latest sports series go beyond simple primers of different games and activities, providing, instead, noteworthy ways that teachers and librarians can simultaneously stoke young readers’ athletic passions while connecting their interests to other fields of study.

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Make Some Art—or Make Some Lunch: Arts & Activities | Series Nonfiction

To bolster your arts and crafts and cooking sections, give your students instructional books that will reward their attention and perseverance with tasty or attractive results. You can’t miss with the best of this bunch, which feature user-friendly directions and fun results.

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Truth & Beauty: Arts & Media | Series Nonfiction

Learning about visual and literary arts can be an immersive experience, especially for those just starting to dive into journalism or poetry. Whether readers are looking to write a novel or design a flow-chart, these titles offer the means to get started.

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Origins: World History | Series Nonfiction

Ancient history, early western civilization, and legendary warriors dominate this group of books. Though many of these sets present familiar, well-trod topics, several find appealing and interesting ways to attract and hold reader attention and will help students better understand the origins of their world.

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Seeing the World: Geography | Series Nonfiction

Featuring effective strategies for helping students see the world and its people, these series take readers to some of the world’s most interesting locations, from Somalia to Lebanon to ancient civilizations and beyond.

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The Life and Times of Noah Webster, the Stonewall Riots, and More | Middle to HS Nonfiction

This month’s nonfiction tackles varied topics, from a can’t-miss biography of Noah Webster to an impeccably researched overview of the Stonewall riots.

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The Marvelous World of Marine Life | Elementary Nonfiction

This month, we highlight stellar nonfiction titles on marine life, from a look at the reproductive habits of horseshoe crabs to a picture book about some of the strangest undersea denizens.

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