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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 →

 
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: 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: Defining Images

Edward S. Curtis Chronicles Native Nations (Defining Images) - Booklist

★*STARRED*★ The contemporary perspective, however, is truly illuminating, addressing what Curtis got wrong; the hypocritical attitudes of Curtis’ contemporaries, who idealized Native culture while… View →

 
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All About Broken Bones (Inside Your Body) - Booklist

Soft-hued cartoons of kids and their (nonfrightening) skeletons make up the majority of the illustrations, though there are occasional photographs as well. A straightforward guide to a medical incident many kids are likely to experience at one point or another. View →

 
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Biomes – Booklist Top 10 Biomes

The titles in this series not only focus on the climate and physical geography of each biome but point out differentiations within them, such as boreal, temperate, and tropical forests. They provide examples of the biome’s flora and fauna, which are also depicted in a visual chart. View →

 
Cover: Gladiator Island

Gladiator Island - School Library Connection

These books are fast-moving reads that contain violence and explore disturbing concepts and dark human motivations. View →