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Cover: April

A noteworthy review of Twelve Magic Months from School Library Journal on February 1, 2015

Thirty days hath September…including Make-a-Hat Day, International Rabbit Day, and Video Game Day. Kids curious about our calendar will get a grounding in holidays both unusual and familiar, historical dates, and more in these brief looks at the 12 months of the year. The design is simple… View →

 
Cover: Family and Friends

A noteworthy review of Talking Hands from School Library Journal on February 1, 2015

Attractively designed, brief introductions to sign language. Each title lists a different sign, related to the topic at hand (Work covers ‘Cook,’ ‘Cashier,’ and ‘Pilot,’ for instance), and includes a large, clear photograph and quick description of the job, and an illustration and textual… View →

 
Cover: The Muscular System

A noteworthy review of The Human Body from Booklist on December 1, 2014

Muscular tissue makes up 30 to 50 percent of a human’s weight and is responsible for the most basic of vital functions. This book begins with a narrative of a young boy, Jeremy, lifting a cinder block to impress his older brother. Each tinge of exertion and effort that Jeremy feels, from… View →

 
Cover: Brains vs. Brawn

A noteworthy review of Jess and Jaylen from Booklist on December 1, 2014

Lifelong best pals and diametrical opposites Jess and Jaylen are the main characters in this sweet series entry about friendship and compromise. Each wants their best friend to try their own respective favorite activity during summer rec league. For bookish Jaylen, this means trying to… View →

 
Cover: Ocean Habitats

A noteworthy review of Habitats from Library Media Connection on November 1, 2014

Readers learn about different habitats in chapters with manageable amounts of information. The information is succinct and flows well from one topic to the next. There are smaller boxes dispersed throughout the text, which contain quick bits of additional information on the habitats being… View →

 
Cover: Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

A noteworthy review of Service Dogs from School Library Journal on November 1, 2014

This collection covers the basics of working dogs, including history of these types of jobs, the ideal breeds and temperaments for the work, the training involved, and how children behave when meeting these dogs. Other than Guide Dogs, the books conclude with a specific example of a… View →

 
Cover: True Stories of Animal Antics

A noteworthy review of True Animal Stories from School Library Journal on November 1, 2014

Each of these title includes nine narratives about unusual animal events. The lesser-known stories, such as a bike-riding dog (Animal Tricks and Talents) and a water-squirting octopus (Animal Antics), are mixed with more widely known tales, such as the friendship between a Owen, a hippo… View →

 
Cover: Claude Monet

A noteworthy review of The World's Greatest Artists from School Library Journal on November 1, 2014

This series offers an ideal blend of excellent writing and strong historical and technical information about the materials and methods of art. It is unfortunate that there is only one woman artist featured here (Mary Cassatt), but the selection is rich in other ways. Each page includes… View →

 
Cover: Biking

A noteworthy review of The Great Outdoors from School Library Journal on November 1, 2014

These appealing books feature an uncluttered design, which highlights the short, easy-to-read text. Words with definitions are set apart by different-colored font; color photos often supplement descriptions of equipment or animals. In Canoeing, a sidebar notes that many animals live in… View →

 
Cover: Fishing

A noteworthy review of The Great Outdoors from Booklist on November 1, 2014

The Great Outdoors series does a solid job of introducing and explaining various outdoor activities, including the equipment required for a satisfying experience. Each activity gets the most positive spin; if there are controversies around a particular sport, like hunting, they are not… View →

 
Cover: Life in Freshwater Lakes

A noteworthy review of Life in Water Biomes from Children's Bookwatch on October 1, 2014

‘Life In Freshwater Lakes’ is an intriguing educational book from the Life In Water Biomes series for elementary students. Beginning with chapters on the formation and definition of freshwater lakes, this colorfully illustrated text goes on to explore different lake levels, shorelines, open… View →

 
Cover: The Smart Kid's Guide to Losing a Pet

A noteworthy review of The Smart Kid's Guide to Everyday Life from Booklist on October 1, 2014

In what might be the most poignant entry in the Smart Kid’s Guide to Everyday Life series, Petersen takes on the unavoidable—and unavoidably sad—topic of pet death. Beginning with a history lesson (humans befriended wolves about 32,000 years ago), she goes on to explain that, though your… View →