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Cover: Crystals

A noteworthy review of Geology Rocks! from School Library Connection on March 1, 2017

This series provides accurate, reliable information that will enable students to understand rocks and minerals. Each title focuses on a different area of geology and looks at the identification and uses of each area. Easy-to-read text allows readers to explore what their world is made of… View →

 
Cover: How Elections Work

A noteworthy review of How America Works from School Library Connection on March 1, 2017

This social studies series for juveniles gives insight into the foundations of the U.S. and the workings of our government. Each book has the same format, featuring four chapters, vocabulary words highlighted in the text, and a ‘To Learn More’ page at the end of the book. Each of the three… View →

 
Cover: The Building of the Golden Gate Bridge

A noteworthy review of Engineering that Made America from Booklist on March 1, 2017

Kids handed the Engineering That Made America series will be immediately drawn to its subject matter. In part, that’s because each title begins not with a feat of engineering but with a person. Golden Gate Bridge begins with one man, Michael O’ Shaughnessy, turning his impatience to get… View →

 
Cover: Christmas Crafts

A noteworthy review of Holiday Crafts from Children's Bookwatch on January 1, 2017

‘Christmas Crafts’ is a title from the outstanding Holiday Crafts book series from The Child’s World and specifically intended for children age 7 and up. Following a brief introduction to the Christmas holiday and its 2,000 year history, there are brightly illustrated simple instructions… View →

 
Cover: Exploring Beyond Our Solar System

A noteworthy review of Wonders of Space from School Library Connection on November 1, 2016

Each of the books in this series is quite astonishing for its intriguing presentation of facts about unknown worlds light-years away. Every space mission, starting in 1977 with Gary Flandro’s vision from JPL for a ‘Grand Tour of Space’ with Voyager, and various other remarkable stories of… View →

 
Cover: Incredible Olympic Records

A noteworthy review of Incredible Sports Records from Booklist on November 1, 2016

From the Incredible Sports Records series, this appealing book looks at Olympic records. While results from the 2016 Summer Games are not included, that matters less than media hype might suggest. Michael Phelps’ record for the most gold medals in one year (eight in 2008) still stands, and… View →

 
Cover: Basketball

A noteworthy review of Beginning Sports from School Library Journal on November 1, 2016

Notable for its excellent coverage of some lesser-covered sports, this series is a useful selection to round out easy reader collections. Very basic info and small asides give a general rundown of how each sport is played. Color-blocked backgrounds and bright photos keep the focus on the… View →

 
Cover: Guarding Air Force One

A noteworthy review of Highly Guarded Places from School Library Journal on November 1, 2016

Well-writlen text and a copious amount of illustrations on an attention grabbing subject make for an attractive series. Each title begins with a real-life account concerning an immense peril to U.S. citizens or property. After the hook, the text delves into where the recognizable (and… View →

 
Cover: How Elections Work

A noteworthy review of How America Works from School Library Journal on November 1, 2016

With 24 pages per book, these titles are brief. Even so, elegant design and substantive content make them strong contenders. Each one tackles a specific component of U.S. government and describes, in brief, the influences and other formative issues surrounding it. For instance, in How the… View →

 
Cover: Build a Neighborhood Library

A noteworthy review of Earth-Friendly Projects from Children's Bookwatch on November 1, 2016

‘Build a Neighborhood Library’ is an intriguing title from the Earth Friendly Projects series for elementary age children, to make with adult supervision or assistance. The book begins by exploring the different kinds and sizes of libraries, with an introduction From Trees to Paper to… View →

 
Cover: Eyewitness to Japanese Internment

A noteworthy review of Eyewitness to World War II from School Library Connection on October 1, 2016

This comprehensive series does an excellent job of covering the very broad and popular topic of World War II. Each brief volume addresses a different aspect of the war, from important and well-known battles to the contributions and experiences of women and different ethnic groups. The text… View →

 
Cover: The U.S. Constitution

A noteworthy review of How America Works from Booklist on October 1, 2016

The How America Works series examines foundational elements of the U.S. government at a level appropriate for upper-elementary readers. This volume introduces the U.S. Constitution by first describing why the country’s founders felt it was needed, the events of the 1787 constitutional… View →