March 22, 2018

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The Whole Story: Editorial | Series Nonfiction

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SMS-Farrell-Della_EditorialConsidering 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 Burgers and Black Holes,” John Peters explains that no matter how different the subjects seem, this season’s STEM titles all work to give readers a stronger, more developed sense of how the world operates. Social discussions on global warming are strengthened when there is a scientific understanding of sustainability. With political discussions, knowledge of history is as essential. Through works of nonfiction, students can explore and contend with a myriad of complex ideas, finding new ways in which they intersect. For rich and meaningful discussions to take place, it is crucial for students to have context and to know the science, the history, and the societal implications behind events. Paula Willey sums it up best in “Make Me!,” explaining that in order to navigate the world, we must take in all the information we can; half the story is never good enough. We must use all the text, photos, charts, diagrams—everything we are given.

Lastly, I would like to formally greet you all. As the new editor of Series Made Simple, I welcome you to what I hope to be an engaging and positive relationship. Please, feel free to email me questions, comments, and ideas.


Editor, Series Made Simple


This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Della Farrell About Della Farrell

Della Farrell is an Assistant Editor at School Library Journal and Editor of Series Made Simple