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Cover: Our Renewable Earth

Our Renewable Earth - School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

With its clean look and straightforward content, this series introduces emergent readers to several of the planet’s sustainable energy sources. Vibrant photos in crisp blues and greens pop against the white pages, while spreads in earthy hues are rich, warm, and reflective of the overall… View →

 
Cover: Olympic Stars

Olympic Stars – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Modern Olympians are brought to life in these visually attractive biographies. An introduction provides a suspenseful account of an important moment in the subject’s life. The rest of the text relates each individual’s climb to Olympic status, with an overview of athletic accomplishments… View →

 
Cover: Total Sports

Total Gymnastics (Total Sports) – Booklist

Superstar Simone Biles is front and center on the introduction page of this comprehensive guide to gymnastics. Part of the Total Sports series, this volume discusses the history of gymnastics, from its ancient Greek roots to the modern Olympics, and notes key players. Though the most View →

 
Cover: Exploring Our Universe

Exploring Our Universe - School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

After reading this series, students are certain to walk away with a newfound appreciation for the myriad wonders of the cosmos. Filled with an impressive amount of details each volume introduces kids to scientific terms with unexpected definitions (Trojans are asteroids outside of the… View →

 
Cover: Big Buddy Olympic Bios

Big Buddy Olympic Biographies – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The colorful photographs are pleasing. . . . One notable aspect is the inclusion of fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad in the lineup. Librarians will be hard-pressed to find materials on Muhammad for this audience and should consider this title. Pronunciation is provided for more difficult words. . . View →

 
Cover: First Drawings

First Drawings - School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

This series builds on subject interests to introduce young artists to elementary drawing practices. Each book offers five drawings to copy from basic geometric shapes. Kids will learn how to sketch guidelines, establish an outline, add details, create texture and shape using shading, and… View →

 
Cover: Hidden Heroes

Hidden Human Computers: Black Women of NASA (Hidden Heroes) – Booklist

★*STARRED*★ For students wanting to know more about the African American female NASA workers depicted in the movie Hidden Figures, there’s just such a volume in the Hidden Heroes series.… View →

 
Cover: Total Sports

Total Sports – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Thorough overviews make this series an ideal starting point for middle school research projects. The origins and histories of each sport are detailed and include descriptions of major past and present stars. View →

 
Cover: Stars of Music

Stars of Music – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Slight profiles of contemporary music superstars. The books emphasize the subjects’ careers with little information on their personal lives. Young readers may find some unfamiliar facts; for instance, Beyoncé was a part of a group called Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake “won an award… View →

 
Cover: Big Business

Big Business – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

An absorbing, thorough look at the production of commonly used natural resources and their by-products. Economic, legislative, and environmental factors as well as new technologies and the future of each enterprise are also presented. World history plays a large albeit unexpected role, too, View →

 
Cover: Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy - School Library Journal

Fact-filled and thorough, this well-written collection covers a vast array of sustainable power sources, from the familiar (Solar Energy; Wind Energy) to the less common (Biofuels; Ocean Energy). Text-heavy yet comprehensible, each book delves into the specific energy source’s View →

 
Cover: Make Me the Best Athlete

Make Me the Best Athlete – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Using famous athletes as examples, this series outlines drills to help tweens improve specific skills in a variety of popular sports. Titles single out aspects of the game that current athletes including hockey’s Sidney Crosby, soccer’s Lionel Messi, and football’s Aaron Rodgers perform… View →

 
Cover: Military Technologies

Military Technologies – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The complicated relationship between technology and war is explored, from the Revolutionary War to the battles waged in Vietnam. Tracing the advancement of military technologies over the course of roughly 200 years, each volume focuses on the weapons used during a specific war and their… View →

 
Cover: Hidden Heroes

Hidden Heroes – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

A look at people who by dint of determination and skill shaped social, political, and professional arenas but typically have received little or no attention for their efforts. The coverage is thorough. Content includes not only details about what the featured groups did and why but also… View →

 
Cover: Simple Machines

Simple Machines – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Simple machines have rarely looked as stunning as they do in this visually appealing and readily accessible set. Sharp images of these devices, both at rest and at work, give readers an up-close look at how the tools are used, capturing their modest beauty in striking detail; for instance,… View →

 
Cover: Our Renewable Earth

Recycling (Our Renewable Earth) – Booklist

This title (part of the Our Renewable Earth series) adequately covers the what, how, and why of recycling. The tone is straightforward and factual, while the text focuses on paper, plastic, and food. Specific facts and simple statistics add interest. . . . Useful as a resource for… View →

 
Cover: Real Monsters

Giant Centipede: Colossal Creeper of the Night (Real Monsters) – Booklist

Not for the faint of heart, this book in the aptly named Real Monsters series dramatically plays up the centipede’s lethal venom and frightening looks—as well as its fascinating natural history. The well-written text covers a variety of related topics in an order that makes sense and View →

 
Cover: Cool Main Dish Recipes

Cool Main Dish Recipes – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

It’s all protein in these vocabulary-rich cookbooks—vegetarians need not apply! Recipe instructions are detailed enough for novice chefs, providing good descriptive text in each step and photographs of key moments in the process. Kids will gain practice with basic techniques, such as… View →

 
Cover: Pro Wrestling's Greatest

Pro Wrestling's Greatest – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

In countdown style, pro-wrestling’s greatest stars and moments are described. The photos are splashy and bold, just like the sport itself. From classic “faces” (good guys like John Cena) to terrible “heels” (bad guys like CM Punk and Vince McMahon), the stars are covered. . . . The writing… View →

 
Cover: Super Simple Origami

Super Simple Origami – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Origami books are ideal for reinforcing print concepts, as readers flip back to the introductions to refer to the instructions for basic folds and following steps in order. These titles offer a little extra help, providing an unobtrusive dotted line path from one step to the next. Six… View →