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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 →

 
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: Baby Animals

Baby Animals – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

. . . text brevity, sentence structure, and mostly simple vocabulary make these accessible to early readers. The visual appeal alone makes the series worth considering for beginning readers of nonfiction. View →

 
Cover: Our Galaxy

Our Galaxy – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Younger readers eager to explore astronomy will enjoy this introductory set. Bright, detailed visuals take children on a journey across the universe. Since each title is well-organized for research, students should have no issue locating relevant information within the clean, colorful, and… View →

 
Cover: Building by Design Set 1

Building by Design – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

This series is comprehensive, and the definitions and explanations of complex scientific and engineering topics are suitable for middle school readers. It will facilitate students’ understanding of why each of these structures is unique and its importance in fulfilling the needs and goals… View →

 
Cover: Months

Months – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Each book’s small trim size, white backgrounds, and crisp photographs are all designed to cater to little learners. Full-color photographs match the short texts well. Consider for early learning collections and for preschools. View →

 
Cover: Women in Sports

Women in Sports – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Filled with excellent research and fodder for reports, each title is highly readable and chock-full of facts about female athletes. Photos perfectly enhance the text, supporting but not distracting from the narrative of each chapter. A first purchase for tweens and teens. View →

 
Cover: Modern Engineering Marvels

Modern Engineering Marvels – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Comprehensive and well researched, this colorful, organized series offers an abundance of qualitative information for middle schoolers. Throughout the titles, data is richly depicted via infographics, captioned photographs, illustrations, sidebars, and time lines. In addition, the texts are 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: 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: Inside Your Body Set 1

Inside Your Body – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

The overall design includes photographs, diagrams, captions, colorful backgrounds, and bold fonts that all come together for a visually appealing product. While the sentence structure is relatively simple and efficient, vocabulary is scientific and thoughtfully chosen. This clear,… 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 →