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Cover: Escaping a POW Camp

A noteworthy review of Great Escapes in History from School Library Connection on May 1, 2019

This high interest series will appeal to readers who like to collect interesting facts and learn about unusual circumstances. The nonfiction narrative of Escaping Alcatraz vividly and chronologically describes all the attempted escapes from Alcatraz prison. A section of Fast Facts gives the… View →

 
Cover: David's New Bike: A Book about Being Active

A noteworthy review of My Day Learning Health and Safety from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2018

K—3 My Day Learning Health and Safety series. Published fall 2017. Each slight easy-reader text enumerates multiple straightforward ways that the child characters—and young readers—can take care of their bodies. David gets exercise through biking; Emily wears sunscreen to the park; Pearl… View →

 
Cover: Lee Paints a Picture: A Book about Colors

A noteworthy review of My Day Learning Science from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2018

K—3 My Day Learning Science series. Published fall 2017. Lee learns about primary colors and color mixing as he paints a picture of his family. A slight easy-reader text with new vocabulary words in bold-colored type is supplemented by vibrant close-up photos of the paints as Lee mixes… View →

 
Cover: Life with Epilepsy

A noteworthy review of Everyday Heroes from Booklist on October 1, 2018

Books in the Everyday Heroes series (12 titles) focus on regular people who live with typically chronic medical conditions. This volume discusses epilepsy and how people manage the seizures it causes. An opening list of facts about this neurological disorder plunges readers into the… View →

 
Cover: Eyewitness to the Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand

A noteworthy review of Eyewitness to World War I from School Library Connection on August 1, 2018

Each of the titles in this series is an introduction to a specific topic concerning World War I for students. The series covers a wide range of subjects and is filled with black-and-white period photographs as well as images from prints and magazines. Each book follows the same format… View →

 
Cover: Cuban Immigrants: In Their Shoes

A noteworthy review of Immigrant Experiences from School Library Connection on May 1, 2018

With all the debate about immigration recently it is easy to forget that, with the exception of Native Americans, everyone living in the United States has relatives that came from somewhere else. This series of books provides a balanced view of what coming to America is like. Each title… View →

 
Cover: Pick-up Basketball

A noteworthy review of Neighborhood Sports from School Library Journal on April 1, 2018

Backyard games are described in detail in this spirited series. In each title, full-color photos show the setup of the game and demonstrate how players should position themselves. For instance, in Ultimate instructions on how to do a backhand throw are accompanied by mid-action images of a… View →

 
Cover: How to Read a Map

A noteworthy review of Understanding the Basics from School Library Journal on April 1, 2018

These guides develop skill sets that are easily transferable to schoolwork, home life, and future jobs. In Calendars and Clocks, digital takes a backseat to analog for a truly introductory lesson about units of time using a familiar clockface with three hands. The back-to-basics focus… View →

 
Cover: The Frozen March of Emperor Penguins

A noteworthy review of Stories from the Wild Animal Kingdom from Booklist on March 15, 2018

A double-page spread of fast facts kicks off this account of emperor penguins’ famous 100-mile walk to their antarctic breeding grounds. The narrative text is easy to read, feeling like a story rather than standard nonfiction. Four chapters zero in on the adult penguins’ march inland to… View →

 
Cover: Dimes

A noteworthy review of All About Money from School Library Journal on November 1, 2017

Why were no quarters minted in 1931 and 1933? Which denomination is cheapest for the U.S. Treasury to manufacture? Emergent readers will learn the answers to these and many other questions in this introductory set. These slim volumes discuss the worth of each item, its written notation, and… View →

 
Cover: Cuban Immigrants: In Their Shoes

A noteworthy review of Immigrant Experiences from School Library Journal on November 1, 2017

Leaving a life behind to start anew elsewhere is a daunting task but one that speaks to the essence of the American spirit. Each group represented here has much in common yet very different experiences in their journeys. Starting with a time line and fast facts that succinctly illuminate… View →

 
Cover: Alex Eats the Rainbow: A Book about Healthy Eating

A noteworthy review of My Day Learning Health and Safety from School Library Journal on November 1, 2017

The average preschooler’s learning day incorporates a vast amount of basic information, such as healthy eating, being a good friend, bus and fire safety, and more. This series introduces some of these conversations to young learners by using a brief word count, color photographs that offer… View →