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Cover: California Wildfires Survival Stories

A noteworthy review of Natural Disaster True Survival Stories from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

Following a two-page overview of the title event, each volume presents four or five dramatic accounts of people who experience the effects. Photos of survivors accompany many stories, including those of a small boy pulled from Haiti’s earthquake rubble and a man floating on his house 10… View →

 
Cover: Native Nations of California

A noteworthy review of Native Nations of North America from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

4-6 Native Nations of North America series. Each book introduces the major Native American nations of its geographic area. The straightforward texts touch on traditional way of life; well-known members such as artists or prominent citizens; controversial history with the U.S. and Canadian… View →

 
Cover: Cuba

A noteworthy review of One World, Many Countries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. This serviceable overview is liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter highlights a festival that both celebrates the patron saint of Santiago de Cuba and honors Fidel Castro. This chapter and a ‘Global Connections’ page mention… View →

 
Cover: Alia Muhammad Baker: Saving a Library from War

A noteworthy review of True Stories, Real People from Booklist on April 1, 2016

The central library in Basra, Iraq, served its community for years before war threatened not just to end its services but to destroy its collections. In 2003, chief librarian Baker led an impromptu, grassroots effort to save as much of the collection as she and the library’s neighbors could… View →

 
Cover: Inside the Daytona 500

A noteworthy review of Inside Look at Sports Events from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

This immersive series will make students experts at major sporting events in no time. Each volume is prefaced by effectively answering the five W’s (who, what, where, when why) in a ‘Fast Facts’ section. The volumes are slim, but they pack a lot of information. As these titles can… View →

 
Cover: Inventing the Cell Phone

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

These highlights in the history of modern technology offer light doses of names and dates, along with nontechnical descriptions of significant early tweaks or innovations. The volumes take snowboarding from the time it was called ‘snurfing’ through Shaun White’s legendary run in the 2010… View →

 
Cover: The Story of Titanic's Chairman Ismay

A noteworthy review of Titanic Stories from Booklist on April 1, 2016

The Titanic Stories series investigates this maritime disaster from different perspectives, and this volume takes a close look at J. Bruce Ismay, chairman of White Star Line, the company that built the Titanic. Engaging narrative prose describes Ismay’s excitement upon boarding the great… View →

 
Cover: Mexico

A noteworthy review of One World, Many Countries from Horn Book Guide on April 1, 2016

K-3 One World, Many Countries series. These serviceable overviews for report writers are liberally illustrated with sharp photos. An introductory chapter in each book highlights a holiday (Day of the Dead in Mexico) or a notable event (river surfing in Canada). Four chapters then focus on… View →

 
Cover: Inventing the Skateboard

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from Booklist on April 1, 2016

In this entry in the Spark of Invention series, kids will learn that the skateboards of today are the product of many people’s efforts over time. Beginning with the crude boards of the 1920s, consisting of little more than a plank with roller skate wheels, the text moves forward to the… View →

 
Cover: On the Hunt with Hyenas

A noteworthy review of On the Hunt with Animal Predators from Children's Bookwatch on March 1, 2016

‘On The Hunt With Hyenas’ is an exciting, accurate, photo -illustrated nonfiction, hard bound library volume from the series, On the Hunt With Animal Predators, for children age 6 and up. Illustrated with many stunning color photographs of hyena cubs and their mothers, in packs in their… View →

 
Cover: The Voyager Space Probes

A noteworthy review of Wonders of Space from Children's Bookwatch on March 1, 2016

‘The Voyager Space Probes’ covers the exciting story of the planning and launching of the twin Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in 1977, to travel to the outer planets of our solar system Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus, and beyond. Four chapters cover the exciting preparation, planning, and… View →

 
Cover: Inventing the Internet

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from Children's Bookwatch on February 1, 2016

‘Inventing the Internet’ is a photo-illustrated educational resource about the source, invention, and impact of the internet, for young readers age 7-8 and up. Tracing the early beginnings of the internet and computers to the 1950’s, important inventors mentioned are J.C. R. Lickliker, Paul… View →