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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: 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: 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 Readers 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 →

 
Cover: Dimes

A noteworthy review of All About Money from Children's Bookwatch on October 1, 2017

Understanding the basic concept of money is essential for young children of elementary school age. ‘All About Money’ is an impressive twelve volume informative series in which young readers ages 5 to 8 will learn about the coins and bills that Americans use every day. Children will discover… View →

 
Cover: The Building of the Hoover Dam

A noteworthy review of Engineering that Made America from Horn Book Guide on October 1, 2017

Engineering That Made America series. This series takes an in-depth look at the history, conception, and practical application of key engineering feats and inventions. Each volume thoughtfully breaks down events and inspiration that led up to each invention, as well as its evolution and… View →

 
Cover: Twenty-Dollar Bills

A noteworthy review of All About Money from Booklist on October 1, 2017

Although this title in the All about Money series isn’t the most scintillating read, it provides a wealth of basic information on this piece of currency. The first chapter answers the question ‘What Is a Twenty- Dollar Bill?’ and includes a clearly marked diagram showing the main elements… View →

 
Cover: Somali Immigrants: In Their Shoes

A noteworthy review of Immigrant Experiences from Booklist on October 1, 2017

This volume of the Immigrant Experiences series reads like a story and could easily be used as a read- aloud in a library or classroom. This is the tale of one family’s journey from war-torn Somalia to the snow-clad suburbs of Minneapolis. The tone and narrative style are intended to evoke… View →

 
Cover: Build a Birdhouse

A noteworthy review of Earth-Friendly Projects from School Library Connection on October 1, 2017

Elementary students will enjoy reading and constructing the environmentally friendly projects featured in this series of short, colorful chapter books. In Build a Weather Station, young investigators discover the variables weather forecasters use to measure and describe weather and the… View →

 
Cover: California

A noteworthy review of U.S.A. Travel Guides from Booklist on October 1, 2017

Based on Heinrichs’ previous Welcome to the U.S.A. series, the new U.S.A. Travel Guides series offers readers up-to-date facts and an attractive vertical design. In this look at the Golden State, each topical double-page spread briefly introduces one feature (Disneyland, Intel Museum, Giant… View →