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Toddler Time Activity Kit: DK's Good Night, Baby Moon

20 Nonfiction and Poetry Titles That Celebrate Latinx Heritage

SLJ's Reviews of the 2018 National Book Award Longlisters

12 Picture Books for the Fall 2018 Holiday Season

Peek Inside Peek And Seek, Out This Month

Martians, Butterflies, and the Depths of the Ocean

Go bee-hind the scenes of DK's children's book about bees!


Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything

A solid nonfiction purchase that's browseable and has potential for classroom use.

Grand Theft Horse

Superb. Ruffu's tenacity and the book's satisfying conclusion will appeal to fans of John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell's "March" trilogy.

How To Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

Filled with fascinating stories of encounters and relationships with animals in various locations, this moving memoir will leave readers thinking about life on Earth, the creatures we share the planet with, and that "brilliance" we have yet to fully understand.


A highly appealing introduction to the plant world, though researchers will need to supplement it with other resources for specific facts.

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

This accessible and heartbreaking primer, with its stirring simplicity and a note of hope, should be required reading for all teens hoping to be empathetic and engaged world citizens.

Endurance: My Year in Space and How I Got There

An engaging and high-flying read for nonfiction and space lovers alike. A fine addition to large nonfiction collections.

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

A needed resource for YA nonfiction collections.

Alexander Hamilton: Documents Decoded

Recommended for most nonfiction high school collections for its support of Common Core State Standards for critical reading of historic documents. Jeanette Lambert, formerly at Nashville-Davidson County Schools, TN

Diet for a Changing Climate: Food for Thought

A great resource for those exploring environmental issues and seeking ways to combat climate change.

National Parks of the USA

Pair, use, or display with a more detailed guide book of the parks for a thorough, stunning look at our nation's natural treasures.

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

A great addition to memoir/biography collections.

The Handy Literature Answer Book: An Engaging Guide to Unraveling Symbols, Signs and Meanings in Great Works

A solid addition to classroom libraries and most useful as a resource for middle and high school English teachers. Not a replacement for Salem Press's "Critical Insights," "Magills Literary Annual," or "Critical Surveys" or the Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism.

Eavesdropping on Elephants: How Listening Helps Conservation

A great pick for middle school nonfiction collections.

The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

A fantastic pick for avid history readers.

Coming Up Clutch: The Greatest Upsets, Comebacks, and Finishes in Sports History

A solid purchase for those lacking an up-to-date sports encyclopedia-style item.

Short & Skinny

Purchase where graphic memoirs circulate well.–Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL

No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas

A charming mix of biography, history, agriculture, math, and lots of potatoes—a great addition to nonfiction collections.

Black Women Who Dared

This is a must-have for Canadian classrooms and libraries, and an important addition for U.S. collections as well.

Chessy Prout on Consent, Rape Culture, and #IHaveTheRightTo

An Ode to Artists: Two Books for Young Readers That Celebrate Art


Making a World of Difference: 19 Nonfiction Titles On Climate Change

2-Step Science Project for Kids: Grass Haircuts

Hooking the Reluctant Nonfiction Reader

How to Make Your Own Breathing Machine


Trans Teen Survival Guide

A thorough starting point for teens exploring their gender identity, written by authors who are well versed in the subject. Recommended for general purchase.

Solar System: Our Place in Space

A story line infused with humor and drama adds particular animation to this entry in the "Science Comics" series; budding astro-tourists in middle elementary grades will happily sign up for repeat journeys.

After Life: Ways We Think About Death

A welcome selection for most collections, especially those in need of bibliotherapy titles for middle schoolers.

Shark Quest: Protecting the Ocean's Top Predators

A must-purchase for libraries with fans of Shark Week.

Art in Action: Make a Statement, Change Your World

A timely addition to crafting and bibliotherapy collections for middle grade readers.


An insightful option for collections in need of body positivity titles for teens.

Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History

An excellent addition to libraries in need of collected biographies.

Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments To Change the World

A great title for budding changemakers.

A History of Pictures for Children: From Cave Paintings to Computer Drawings

Recommended for large public library and school library collections. In art classes, challenge students to make art, inspired by Hockney or other artists herein.

Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice

While the informal tone and inspiring message may appeal to readers, they would be better served elsewhere with more complete and accurate portrayals of the lives of these important individuals.

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

A necessary addition for graphic novel collections.

(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health

Misconceptions about mental health still abound, making this honest yet hopeful title a vital selection for libraries.

We Are All Me

A worthwhile purchase for libraries seeking additional beginning readers.

Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction

A compelling, sometimes raw look at how addiction can affect families. A must-have, this book will empower readers, especially those who feel alone in difficult situations.

Trees: Kings of the Forest

Another winner in the series, this title is an excellent addition to most libraries.

Fantastic Failures: True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down First

An entertaining pick for biography collections.

Star Wars (TM) Maker Lab Project: R2-D2 Holoprojector


A Bevy of Board Books

Blacklisted! by Larry Dane Brimner | SLJ Review

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix | SLJ Review

The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara | SLJ Review


The Latest "Scientists in the Field" & More Savory Nonfiction | July 2018 Xpress Reviews

Small Wonders: Investigations in Nature

The Sinking of the Vasa by Russell Freedman | SLJ Review

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky by David Bowles | SLJ Review

Proud by Ibtihaj Muhammad | SLJ Review

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins | SLJ Review


Google It: A History of Google

An appealing and timely look at a universally relevant subject and a good fit for STEAM-related reading lists.

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game: Cartoons About the Natural World from Bird and Moon

Written with an older audience in mind, the book nonetheless promises to amuse middle grade and YA readers while giving them facts to surprise, gross out, and boggle parents and peers for days.

Doing It!

A current take on navigating sexuality and relationships for teens, and a fine addition to most nonfiction collections.

Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Perfectly suited to libraries, a top addition to poetry collections.

The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth

Shelve this empowering guide where both parents and teens will find it.

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

A good choice for any juvenile biography collection, especially those where autobiographies and memoirs are popular.

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot To Kill Hitler

The bold visuals will attract graphic novel fans. An excellent introduction to a great man and his fight for justice.

"We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices" | Pictures of the Week

Reality à la Mode: Why Do We Never Discuss Nonfiction Writing Styles?

Mapping Sam by Joyce Hesselberth | SLJ Review

Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson On Their Graphic Novel Guide to Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Spooked! by Gail Jarrow | SLJ Review

Game Changers by Lesa Cline-Ransome | SLJ Review

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper | SLJ Review

Free Primary Sources To Engage Students

My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz | SLJ Review

25 LGBTQAI+ Titles for Pride Month—and Onward

Pass Go and Collect $200 by Tanya Lee Stone | SLJ Review

20 Books To Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month

Animal Sanctuaries to the Rescue! | SLJ Spotlight

SLJ Facebook Live Chats with Authors at Day of Dialog & Book Expo 2018

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World

LOC introduces its Story Maps

I Have the Right To by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson | SLJ Review

The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner | SLJ Review

Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters

#IHaveTheRightTo, #ShePersisted, & More Buzzworthy Nonfiction | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Camp Panda by Catherine Thimmesh | SLJ Review

"Mary Shelley" and Her Creature Return to the Screen | Movie Review

Review: ‘The Beatles Story’

Review: Be Prepared

A Frog's Life by Irene Kelly | SLJ Review

La Frontera by Alfredo Alva & Deborah Mills | SLJ Review

20 Books for Young Readers To Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Year-Round

"Tales of India," Mars, & Madam C.J. Walker Bio | May 2018 Nonfiction Xpress Reviews

The Sockeye Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) | SLJ Review

Review of the Day – The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

The Latest Series Nonfiction | Series Made Simple Spring 2018

It’s a STEM World: U.S. & World History Series

Winning Sports Nonfiction for Kids & Teens

Biomes, Genetics, & Hurricanes: 16 Life Science Series for Students

11 Biography Series To Hook Students on Politics, World Events, and More


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