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Cover: Super Simple Holidays

Super Simple Earth Day Activities: Fun and Easy Holiday Projects for Kids (Super Simple Holidays) – Booklist

This Super Simple Holidays series title lives up to its name by providing fun and easy Earth Day crafts for kids. The book briefly mentions some ways people around the world celebrate Earth Day, including participating in marches and rallies, picking up trash, or planting trees. Several… View →

 
Cover: Holidays

Holidays – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

A brief look at both religious and secular holidays. Bright white backgrounds with a succinct sentence on the left of each spread is illustrated with full color photographs that bleed over from the right page. Included at the end of each title is a code to use online to access crafts,… View →

 
Cover: El abecedario (The Alphabet) (Spanish Language)

El abecedario – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

A fun series about the traditional Spanish alphabet for little learners. Each letter receives its own book that highlights plenty of words and concepts that begin with or include it. Food, animals, cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and relevant activities are included to expand… View →

 
Cover: ¿Cómo se hace? (How Is It Made?) (Spanish Version)

¿Cómo se hace? – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The process of making crayons, chocolate, ice cream, and other common goods is detailed from start to finish with full-page color photos capturing every step. Information about each item is presented in short vignettes, making each installment digestible and engaging for young learners.… View →

 
Cover: Slithering Snakes

Slithering Snakes – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Snake profiles aimed at beginning readers offer a handful of very basic facts. Relying on one or two short, simple sentences per spread, Murray describes physical characteristics, such as scales, fangs, size, and colors, as well as habitat, prey, and life expectancy. The direct language is… View →

 
Cover: News Literacy

News Literacy – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The authors thoroughly discuss the news and its value to society, covering historical developments and the effects of technological advancements on the industry. The semantics and ethics involved in journalism and the skills and approaches effective journalists employ to successfully report View →

 
Cover: Wild Weather

Wild Weather – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Just the right combination of facts, visual imagery, and reading practice for young pupils curious about extreme weather phenomena. Each title defines the pattern (e.g., blizzards have winds 35 mph and over), explains the particular dangers (flood waters can carry away cars and houses), and View →

 
Cover: The Wild World of Sports

The Wild World of Sports – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Reading more like encyclopedias than narrative sports nonfiction, each book in this series covers athletes from a wide range of fields that fit the bill of the title. Memorable Characters includes tennis spitfire John McEnroe and football braggadocio Chad Ochocinco. Offbeat describes roller View →

 
Cover: Hip-Hop Artists

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

Up-to-date, detailed accounts of hip-hop music’s most famous artists offer insight into their lives and music before and after they rose to superstardom. The books are lengthy and . . . true fans will savor the minutiae along with the time lines, sidebars, and photos. The text also manages… View →

 
Cover: Versus

Versus – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

. . . anyone who’s a fan will recognize immediately that the athletes chosen for comparison are well matched. Each volume includes brief biographical information about the athletes before launching into comparisons of their many gifts and talents. Some pairs, such as Lionel Messi and Pelé… View →

 
Cover: Saddle Up!

Saddle Up! – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Readers seeking information about all-things equestrian will appreciate this informative series. The straightforward writing and occasional photographs will appeal to report writers and curious readers alike. Each volume includes the backstory and development of the specific sport, as well… View →

 
Cover: Super Simple Holidays

Super Simple Holidays – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The projects in each of these crafting guides combine skills young people already possess (cutting, gluing) and talents requiring a bit more precision (measuring, tracing). The necessary materials in each title are mostly common classroom items: construction paper, tape, yarn, glue—and a… View →

 
Cover: Crías de animales (Baby Animals) (Spanish Version)

Crías de animales – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Kids will explore how some of their favorite animals grow and how they look in the first stages of life. Each book includes full-page photographs of baby animals, and the accompanying text directly corresponds to the activity depicted in each image. Also included is how animal young are fed View →

 
Cover: Conservation Success Stories

Conservation Success Stories – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Using examples from around the world, the authors discuss various causes of habitat loss and fragmentation, along with conservation efforts and their results. A few in-depth case studies help readers understand the scope of the problems and possible solutions. “Science Connections” segments View →

 
Cover: Nuestra personalidad (Character Education) (Spanish Version)

Nuestra personalidad – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

An introduction to basic character development for little ones and their caregivers. Bright, full-page action photography corresponds to simple yet thoughtful text that will inspire discussion. Examples are given in the narrative and in the photographs; some text is in bold to encourage… View →

 
Cover: Being Female in America

Being Female in America – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The authors pull no punches when it comes to examining historical and contemporary forms of sexism in the United States. Each volume is steeped in statistics, research, and newsworthy anecdotes. Ingrained gender stereotypes and the differences between sexism and misogyny are explored, with… View →

 
Cover: STEM Superstar Women

STEM Superstar Women – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

. . . the content covered is fascinating and could spark fiery discussion on sexism and inequality. All of the featured scientists had to overcome gender biases, and for many women, that also included breaking color and age barriers. Readers will be surprised to learn that computing in the… View →

 
Cover: Our Extreme Earth

Our Extreme Earth – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The authors use clear and concise language in their exploration of various geographical wonders. Each title features vivid photographs and the occasional drawing. Key scientists in the field, such as the seismologist Charles Francis Richter, are also profiled. Images of children introduce… View →

 
Cover: Wrestling Biographies

Wrestling Biographies – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

A series sure to satisfy even the youngest of wrestling fans. Borth traces each champion’s journey from their small beginnings to their eventual success, capturing all of the sweat, disappointment, and determination in between. Simple facts about each wrestler’s birthplace, early sports… View →

 
Cover: Famous Ships

Famous Ships – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

. . .Wilhelm Gustloff shines as a well-rounded account that covers a number of different perspectives, including the terror caused by the Russian troop advancement into East Prussia, the atmosphere onboard the doomed ship, the submarine that sank it, and more. A suitable addition to STEM… View →