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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: Hank the Pet Sitter Set 1

Otis the Very Large Dog (Hank the Pet Sitter) – Booklist

This has diverse secondary characters and uses word repetition to reinforce comprehension. Funny and sweet. . . View →

 
Cover: Super Simple Science at Work

Super Simple Science at Work – School Library Connection

This highly attractive nonfiction picture book series guides young readers through simple scientific experiments. Each book begins with a note to “adult helpers” which explains important safety procedures. Following is a brief explanation of the scientific subject being explored, a summary… View →

 
Cover: Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels – School Library Journal

This series follows Lola as she experiences first love with her brother’s best friend, CJ. Each entry traces an important step in the development of their relationship, from their first romantic encounter…to their fight over revealing the relationship to Lola’s brother. . . . Lola, a shy… View →

 
Cover: Texas Fridays

Texas Fridays – School Library Journal

This new series explores the fanfare of high school football, following the stories of different players from cities all over Texas. The diverse backgrounds and authentic struggles of these players, including relationship drama and family pressures, make the characters relatable and the… View →

 
Cover: Mars Bound

Mars Bound – School Library Journal

Each book outlines a problem that needs to be solved before they successfully land on the far-away planet, including a fellow teen who sabotages the mission and an explosion they need to create to put the ship back on course. With big, readable text and bold use of font on each page, the… View →

 
Cover: American Royalty

American Royalty – School Library Journal

This satirical series imagines a world where George Washington drunkenly made the decision to become king rather than president. The books follow his descendants in the royal family during the modern era as they tussle to be crowned the next king. . . . The series humorously integrates… View →

 
Cover: Big Buddy Olympic Bios

Laurie Hernandez (Big Buddy Olympic Biographies) – Booklist

The text describes Hernandez’s rigorous training with Coach Maggie Haney and how she must be homeschooled to fit her practice schedule. The final chapters relate her Olympic events and victories, as well as the Final Five’s post-Olympic celebrity. The book features two-to-four-page… View →

 
Cover: Prisoners of War

Through the Wire (Prisoners of War) – Booklist

KL Himmelweg is a fictional concentration camp, but Crawford draws inspiration for the setting of this series opener from historical accounts of places like Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Dachau. Crawford’s straightforward plot gains tension as Americans begin bombing the camp, secrets are… View →

 
Cover: Native Americans Set 3

Native Americans Set 3 – School Library Connection

This easy-to-read series describes the customs and ways of life of different Native American tribes. Each double page spread has one page of large font text and a colorful photo. The text covers each tribe’s territory, home life, food, clothes, craft, beliefs, timeline, and history. The… View →

 
Cover: The Wild West

Wild West – School Library Connection

This series is purposely designed to support the Common Core State Standards and includes a lot of features teachers will love when using these books in the classroom as a supplemental resource. These books include primary source accounts of the historical events; multiple suggestions for… View →

 
Cover: Changing Animals Set 1

Changing Animals – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

This fabulous series introduces the concept of metamorphosis in the animal kingdom through creatures like the jellyfish, salamander, and butterfly. Chapters are labeled as “Stages,” which mirror the actual chronological process of metamorphosis. The accompanying photographs are detailed and View →

 
Cover: STEM in the Real World

STEM in the Real World Set 1 – School Library Connection

This series provides timely resources for schools using the Common Core curriculum. Each book follows same format: an introductory chapter, key events and pioneers in history, a description of career possibilities, and a final chapter predicting future growth and goals. Photographs, charts, View →

 
Cover: Desert Animals

Desert Animals – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

After leading with an engaging fact about the featured animal, each book covers body, habitat, food, and life cycle in a brief, succinct fashion. Sentences are clear and short, with vocabulary that is manageable for the audience. . . . Clear range maps are neatly set against photos of the… View →

 
Cover: Women's Lives in History

Women in Arts and Entertainment (Women's Lives in History) – Booklist

This entry in the Women’s Lives in History series pinpoints the accomplishments of a number of women in multiple artistic fields. It is particularly up-to-date: the “Women in Theater” section gives a nod to Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, who won Tony Awards just last spring for Fun… View →

 
Cover: Women's Lives in History

Women's Lives in History – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

. . . This is an engaging look at women’s participation and advancement in a variety of fields. Each title opens with a chapter on a contemporary woman who exemplifies power and status in the book’s subject field, followed by roughly chronological chapters about women who refused to accept… View →

 
Cover: Science at Work

Science at Work – School Library Connection

In this series readers will see how science plays an important part in the use of everyday materials. Children will enjoy seeing themselves in the easy reader nonfiction books. Each book explains the key physical science topics—electricity, elements, light, magnetism, mass, and temperature. View →

 
Cover: The United States of America

United States of America - School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

This well-written and appealing series is chock-full of information about each state’s physical geography, climate, noteworthy plants and animals, history, people, cities, resources, economy and industries, and sports and entertainment. The coverage is up-to-date and expansive, most notably View →

 
Cover: The Wild West

Wild West – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The American West has a history that has grown to mythic proportions. This series brings the time period into perspective without losing any of its vitality or wonder. The syntax is spot-on for the audience and the content is abundant in facts, figures, and compelling details. The inclusion View →

 
Cover: Science at Work

Science at Work – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Geared toward young readers, this series attempts to simplify science concepts with an emphasis on how they apply to daily life. Electricity, temperature, and light will be relatively familiar concepts for the audience while mass, magnetism, and the elements may be new. The page layouts… View →