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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 →

 
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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: 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: Super Simple Engineering Projects

Super Simple Engineering Projects – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Key concepts are explained clearly in introductory matter with well-chosen photos and graphics. Skyscraper is the standout title; once kids have made a structure out of pretzels and Nutella and then destroyed it with an apple wrecking ball, they get to eat the rubble! 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: 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: 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 →