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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Werewolf Council

Werewolf Council – Pop Mythology

The story is good, not just young-adult good, but fully-matured good. I felt very fortunate to have the entire series at the ready because I did not want to pause, and upon completing one book I found myself immediately reaching for the next one. Manoa has found his storytelling voice in… View →

 
Cover: Dinosaurs Set 2

Dinosaurs Set 2 - Booklist

It’s no secret what preschoolers will find lurking in the pages of the Dinosaurs series, each volume of which examines one type of dinosaur. Here young readers can learn about when the dinosaur lived, its body and diet, and where its fossils have been found. Hansen’s writing strikes a nice… View →

 
Cover: First in Fashion

Mary Quant: Miniskirt Maker (First in Fashion) - Booklist

Readers may not realize that the bright, energetic fashions of today’s youth exist in large part because of British fashion designer Mary Quant. Using period photos, this book provides historical and cultural context for Quant’s story. . . . While the text acknowledges that there’s… View →

 
Cover: Hip-Hop Insider

Hip-Hop Dance (Hip-Hop Insider) - Booklist

While the rest of the Hip-Hop Insider series takes on culture, groups, music, and more, this entry looks at the moves that make hip-hop dance so distinctive. Varieties of hip-hop dance are discussed in depth, with plenty of props given to important figures, many of whom will be new to… View →