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Post-Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Musings, Round Two

Will a Middle Grade Title or a Sequel Win the Printz? | Pondering Printz

45 Phenomenal Titles | November 2018 Stars

Historical Wars Get Personal


Adulting via Audio: 23 Teen-Friendly Adult Audiobooks

A Graphic Memoir, a Sequel, Debuts, and More | Pondering Printz

An Anthology of Intriguing Animals: Look Inside the Book

Olympic Gold Medalist and Protester Tommie Smith Partners With Derrick Barnes on New Graphic Memoir

Save the Animals! Books About Endangered Species & Conservation Efforts

National Book Award Finalists Could Be Newbery Medalists, Too

5 Awesome Animal Robots You Have to See to Believe

SLJ Reviews of the Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards

Honoring Activism

Drawn from Life: Graphic Memoirs for Teens

“This Was a Book I Needed To Write” | Jarrett J. Krosoczka On “Hey, Kiddo”

Claire Rudolf Murphy Talks About "Martin and Bobby"

Which Came First? History Quiz

12 Picture Books That Showcase Native Voices

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!


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.


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

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.

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.

Eavesdropping on Elephants: How Listening Helps Conservation

A great pick for middle school nonfiction collections.

Children's Animal Atlas

It's a cursory look, best paired with a more complete, photographic atlas. But this is a surefire way to introduce both geography and the animal kingdom to early elementary age students.

1968: Today's Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change

This wide-ranging anthology is useful as both a print symposium on the topic of 1968 and as a source book for further study.

Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything

An out-of-this-world exploration of the space race—and a must-have for most nonfiction collections.

The School's on Fire!: A True Story of Bravery, Tragedy, and Determination

This moving narrative of one of the most devastating school fires in U.S. history is recommended for middle school nonfiction collections.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

A fantastic pick for avid history readers.

Black Women Who Dared

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

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

Shark Quest: Protecting the Ocean's Top Predators

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

After Life: Ways We Think About Death

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

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.

(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.

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


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.

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

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

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.

Vivid: Poems & Notes About Color

This picture book will draw readers in with poetry and then provide the spark that may encourage both creative writing and scientific investigation. Recommended for sharing.

Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator

A strong source for research and simply a good read for biography fans.

D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History

Even with some minor faults, this insightful title, chock-full of primary sources, is a strong purchase.

Proud: Living My American Dream

A first purchase for YA nonfiction collections.

Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend

This historical true-crime story is recommended for providing nuanced perspective without glorifying the misdeeds that shaped its subjects' lives and deaths.

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.

Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill

Sure to be a hit among students. A top addition to STEM collections.

The Untold History of the United States: Young Readers Edition, 1945–1962

Detailed, ambitious, and opinionated, this engaging narrative lays out a view of U.S. history often overlooked in standard texts and deserves a place on most library shelves.

Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America

Many readers will see themselves reflected in the pages of this collection and be inspired by the first-hand accounts of overcoming adversity. A great pick for budding writers and activists.

Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper

A wonderful, engaging artist biography for middle schoolers.

Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment

This is a fascinating look at a part of U.S. history that should be included in public and school libraries.

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

A highly recommended purchase for Brown fans and those who relish poems that go bump in the night.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Solid additions for secondary library collections.

John McCain: An American Hero

Consider for students with an interest in McCain or political leaders in general.

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.

First Earth Encyclopedia

Changes and new material are not substantial enough to bill this as a new work, but it is well worth considering for elementary school and public libraries that don't already own the previous edition or are in need of replacement copies.

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