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Cover: Birthday Traditions around the World

A noteworthy review of Traditions Around the World from School Library Connection on January 1, 2022

This series presents selected traditions from around the world in simple sentences written in familiar, student-friendly language. Broad subcategories describe geographically-dispersed information on anecdotal festivities, food, and customs celebrated around six holidays as well as tooth… View →

 
Cover: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

A noteworthy review of Celebrating Holidays from School Library Journal on November 1, 2021

This series captures the sights and sounds of holidays around the world. Young readers are introduced to new holidays and learn the histories of familiar celebrations. Each title reproduces the excitement with descriptive language and engaging illustrations. Modern-day practices are traced… View →

 
Cover: Casey Jones

A noteworthy review of Tall Tales from School Library Journal on November 1, 2021

Famous American tall tales are retold for a new generation. The author uses conversational language to relay the story and follows it with an examination of the tale. Readers learn about historical facts that may have been the basis for the story as well as which aspects are made up. They… View →

 
Cover: Alabama Crimson Tide

A noteworthy review of College Football Teams from School Library Journal on November 1, 2021

Readers interested in learning more about the most storied teams in NCAA history will find a lot of information in this series. After a brief athletic history, each book dives into unique qualities (like mascots and traditions) as well as notable athletes associated with the schools. Some… View →

 
Cover: Wishing Traditions around the World

A noteworthy review of Traditions Around the World from Booklist on October 1, 2021

While food and celebrations might come to mind first when thinking of cultural traditions, this selection from the Traditions around the World series (8 titles) explores how different cultures practice making wishes. In this book, wishing includes both making wishes oneself (such as in a… View →

 
Cover: Calamity Jane

A noteworthy review of Tall Tales from Booklist on October 1, 2021

Appropriately, this entry in the Tall Tales series (8 titles) paints a larger-than-life picture of Martha Jane Cannary, aka Calamity Jane, putting fact aside in favor of an engaging story. Pages are composed primarily of text, with the occasional full-page illustration adding some flavor,… View →

 
Cover: Army and Navy Football

A noteworthy review of College Football Teams from Booklist on October 1, 2021

This book in the College Football Teams series (12 titles) highlights the Army and Navy football teams and their legendary rivalry. It describes the glory years of both teams as well as their traditions, like the fact that the whole student body of West Point marches onto the field before… View →

 
Cover: African Americans and the Revolutionary War

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from Booklist on September 1, 2021

The Black American Journey is the latest generation of the publisher’s Journey to Freedom: The African American Library series (circa 2000) and The African American Journey series (a decade later). Some of the recent books are entirely new, while others are revised editions. The repackaged… View →

 
Cover: U.S. Presidents

A noteworthy review of Fascinating Facts from Booklist on May 15, 2021

These new books in the Fascinating Facts series bring together high-interest facts and anecdotes about the title topic. The material is grouped into several loosely related categories or chapters. In Dogs, author Pearson ably guides readers through the dog’s body, domestication, and various View →

 
Cover: Dwarf Planets

A noteworthy review of Blast Off to Space from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

This eight-book series incorporates a broad range of subjects related to astronomy. Each book contains three or four chapters with many vibrant, full-page photographs. The length of the text and amount of data included in each title make it a good choice for first book reports or as a… View →

 
Cover: The Emancipation Proclamation

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

To say ‘Lincoln freed the slaves’ is too simplistic to be real history. Students should learn the actual reasons for his actions. Black Americans have withstood horrific conditions throughout American history and these books speak to their heartbreaking struggles and considerable triumphs.… View →

 
Cover: Revolutionary War Spy Stories

A noteworthy review of True Spy Stories from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

Each title starts off with a ‘Fast Facts’ section, giving brief background information on the particular era. It also includes spies and their tools. The writing is serious. Mini biographies of spies and their actions are included. Anna Smith Strong, a spy during the Revolutionary War,… View →