April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison | SLJ Review

K-Gr 4 –An artist’s social media sensation is lovingly brought to life in this standout title.

A Seal Named Patches by Roxanne & Patrick Robinson | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –In this beautifully presented science-focused narrative, readers follow the progress of a team of scientists trying to locate Patches, a Weddell seal.

Snowy Owl Invasion! by Sandra Markle | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –In 2013, snowy owls made an unusual trip south, but that detour is only part of the story acclaimed science writer Markle shares in her latest book.

Life on Surtsey by Loree Griffin Burns | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –A baby boy was born in Iceland on September 28, 1949. As is Icelandic tradition, he was not named until his parents got to know him better—eventually, he become Erling. In 1963, when he was 14 years old, an epic volcanic eruption gave birth to a new island, named Surtsey, just off the coast of Iceland.

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –The youth of the Birmingham civil rights movement take center stage in this historical picture book.

Impact! by Elizabeth Rusch | SLJ Review

Gr 4-7 –Opening with the dramatic story of a fourth grade class’s experience of the 2013 asteroid that landed in Chelyabinsk, Russia, this installment in the celebrated series tells of the study and the effects of asteroids in our solar system.

SLJ’s October 2017 Popular Picks

An aspiring ninja tries to catch Father Christmas in the act; 16-year-old Ruby Karp pens a guide to teenage survival; a new action-packed fantasy from Holly Black in this month’s Popular Picks!

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Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Before and after Harriet Tubman became the stalwart conductor leading enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad, she played many remarkable roles during her long life.