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Cover: Lucky 8

Lucky 8 – School Library Journal

The series features charming illustrations that suit the spooky, fantastical tone of the books and will draw in middle grade readers. The text is very readable, with bold fonts featured throughout. Written at a second grade reading level, this series has engaging illustrations and a… View →

 
Cover: Off Road Vehicles

Off Road Vehicles – School Library Journal

An assortment of off-road vehicles are depicted in this new nonfiction series. Each book is rich in subject-specific vocabulary and describes the vehicle’s history, types, uses, and terrains where they can be driven. Page layouts feature bright, vivid photographs and graphics with up-close… View →

 
Cover: Native American Oral Histories

Native American Oral Histories – School Library Connection

With easy-to-read text, this series looks at the impact oral folklore has had on Native American culture. Full color and b&w photographs supplement the text while maps provide tribal locations. “Stop and Think” sections enable the reader to reflect on how stories can be an effective tool in… View →

 
Cover: Game Face Set 2

Sports Report (Game Face Set 2) – Booklist

Maya, a strong female protagonist, shows there is a place for women in the male-dominated sports-reporting world. One of four new releases in the engaging Game Face series. View →

 
Cover: Military Heroes

Benjamin O Davis Jr. (Military Heroes) – Booklist Book Links Classroom Connections: Diversity in Science

Davis first saw an airplane in 1926; from then on, he knew he wanted to fly. Despite many forms of discrimination, he made his way through West Point, eventually leading the U.S. Army Air Force African American flying unit, the Ninety-Ninth Squadron. Complete with time line, source notes… View →

 
Cover: Women in Science

Rosalind Franklin: DNA Discoverer (Women in Science) – Booklist

Throughout the book, photos offer glimpses of Franklin, her work, and her world, but the book’s strength lies in its lucid portrayal of her upbringing, personality, and attitudes, as well as her sometimes difficult professional relationships with individual researchers in the almost… View →

 
Cover: Ecological Disasters

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Ecological Disasters) – Booklist

Perdew provides an informative introduction to the problem and discusses a few proposed solutions, while noting that public awareness and responsible plastic disposal are vital. . . . This wide-format book leaves readers with plenty to think about, from possible future outcomes to personal… View →

 
Cover: Explore the Countries Set 4

Explore the Countries Set 4 – Booklist

Each of these new books in the Explore the Countries series gives a straightforward overview of the country it covers. The books are more informative than fun, making them a good resource for beginning researchers in the elementary grades. View →

 
Cover: Native American Leaders

Native American Leaders – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The series’ main strength is in its vibrant images, composed of paintings, etchings, and individual photographs (where possible), as well as contemporary photos of historic reconstructions and statues and intriguing cameo portraits superimposed on landscape photos. View →

 
Cover: Biografías de deportistas olímpicos (Olympic Biographies)

Biografías de deportistas olímpicos – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Kids are provided with lots of statistics, mainly how many medals the athlete has won, where, and for what event, all accompanied by full-page photographs. There is also a description of the physical attributes that have contributed to their success. View →

 
Cover: Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Simple text and colorful photos explore key areas of earth science while also making STEAM connections. Texts are well organized. . . View →

 
Cover: Vehículos y aeronaves militares (Military Aircraft & Vehicles)

Vehículos y aeronaves militares – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The Spanish translation is flawless. Full-page photographs of the machines in action complement and extend the text. Budding military enthusiasts will find enough information and captivating photographs to keep them engaged for a while. View →

 
Cover: Race in America

Race in America – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Race relations in the United States are liberally discussed, with much consideration for legislation and activist efforts like the civil rights movement and Black Lives Matter. Informative sidebars augment the text, and discussion starters are included with each chapter’s conclusion. This… View →

 
Cover: Xtreme Raptors

Xtreme Raptors – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Engaging text, strong organization, and highly effective visual layouts are the highlights of this set. High-quality nonfiction with strong visual appeal for upper elementary schoolers. View →

 
Cover: Hip-Hop Insider

Hip-Hop Insider – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

This series celebrates what has become a music staple to much of the world. A highly attractive exposé of the artistry and legacy behind a popular music style for high schoolers View →

 
Cover: Ecological Disasters

Ecological Disasters – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The writing is engaging and informative, some of the titles taking a more narrative approach, while others are more scientific. All of them benefit from back matter that includes flowcharts that show cause and effect, and an ‘Essential Facts’ section that sums up key points. These volumes… View →

 
Cover: Cool Makerspace

Cool Makerspace – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

This smart-looking series featuring very detailed instructions and clear photos of hands demonstrating the actions will tempt readers to try something new. The five to eight projects per volume advance in complexity, so there is something for beginners and experienced crafters alike. . . … View →

 
Cover: Women in Science

Women in Science – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The texts all call particular attention to obstacles faced by professional women in the not so distant past. Much effort is given to explaining each woman’s contribution to her field and elucidating the often complex science involved. . . . Nearly every page includes some visual element… View →

 
Cover: Caballos (Horses)

Caballos – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Large photographs accompanied by a few facts introduce children to a handful of horse breeds in this perfectly translated series. The photographs are very attractive and go hand in hand with the text. When appropriate, some of the images include children, thus furthering their appeal. A… View →

 
Cover: First in Fashion

First in Fashion – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Each brief book is packed with often fascinating information. The design is colorful and eye-catching, including many illustrative photographs, both historical and stock. . . . These are highly engaging and rich resources. View →