June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Game Changers by Lesa Cline-Ransome | SLJ Review

Gr 3-5 –This lovingly crafted picture book biography centers on the incredible bond between Venus and Serena Williams and one of their signature accomplishments: being the first two sisters in tennis history to rank numbers one and two in the world.

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

Gr 1-4 –Readers are treated to a colorful historical account of a well-known board game, and the socioeconomic factors that affected its development.

Animal Sanctuaries to the Rescue! | SLJ Spotlight

Four new titles encourage conservationism and animal research for the elementary set.

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The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner | SLJ Review

Gr 2-5 –A child’s fascination with swimming in the ocean leads to important work in his adulthood.

A Frog’s Life by Irene Kelly | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –Kelly, winner of numerous awards for her nature books for children, now introduces the amazing activities that encompass the life of a frog.

La Frontera by Alfredo Alva & Deborah Mills | SLJ Review

Gr 2-5 –Alva, along with coauthor Mills, narrates his experiences as a young child crossing the Mexican and U.S. border with his father.

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

Seven nonfiction titles for young historians, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

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

Gr 3-6 –Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson, has penned a moving meditation on the life cycle of the Sockeye salmon from the perspective of the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep by Barb Rosenstock | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –This is a true science adventure story of two men, Otis Barton and Will Beebe, who explored the depths of the ocean down to 800 feet in a self-designed round metal diving tank, “a hollow metal ball” called the bathysphere.

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari | SLJ Review

Gr 1-5 –A young unnamed girl observes a father hawk searching for prey to feed his young offspring.

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Thornhill returns to questions on adaptation, conservation, and extinction, all raised in her 2016 award-winning title The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk, but here posed in a different light—one of triumph.

Prickly Hedgehogs! by Jane McGuinness | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –In this charming British import, McGuinness presents an introductory tale about a hedgehog and her hoglets, one of which takes center stage as he grows and learns to be independent.

Eat This! by Andrea Curtis | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –Marketing targeted at children aims to sell them junk food, but they can fight back.

Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson | SLJ Review

Gr 3 Up –With a title that references the late Lorraine Hansberry’s phrase “young, gifted and black,” this exuberant collected biography is one readers won’t want to miss.

Nothing Stopped Sophie by Cheryl Bardoe | SLJ Review

Gr 1-3 –An illuminating look into the life and work of Sophie Germain, a self-taught mathematician, who was the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences.

What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? | Professional Shelf

A well-conceived guide to teaching nonfiction, chock-full of book suggestions

Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You by Marley Dias | SLJ Review

Gr 5 Up –Dias pens an eminently readable and nuanced personal narrative of her #1000BlackGirlsBooks campaign and her tips, tools, and strategies for effecting positive change in the representation of Black girls in children’s literature and beyond.

Trash Revolution by Erica Fyvie | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Using the contents of an average kid’s backpack as a starting point, the author explores the production, use, and eventual end of products involving water, paper, food, plastic, clothing, metals, and electronics.

Between the Lines by Sandra Neil Wallace | SLJ Review

Gr 1-4 –The pursuit of dreams and the resilience of the human spirit shine in this illustrated biography of one of the world’s greatest sports artists.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –Joan Procter, the subject of this biographical picture book, was an internationally recognized herpetologist in the early 20th century and the curator of reptiles at the British Natural History Museum.