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aretha top25baseballskills 244x300 After School FunAretha, David Top 25 Baseball Skills, Tips, and Tricks
Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011
Savage, Jeff Top 25 Gymnastics Skills, Tips, and Tricks
Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011
Savage, Jeff Top 25 Hockey Skills, Tips, and Tricks
Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011
Savage, Jeff Top 25 Soccer Skills, Tips, and Tricks
Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011
Torres, John Albert Top 25 Basketball Skills, Tips, and Tricks
Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011
Torres, John Albert Top 25 Football Skills, Tips, and Tricks
Gr. 4-6   48 pp. Enslow 2011

Top 25 Sports Skills, Tips, and Tricks series. Each title presents sport-specific skills, drills, and techniques, including the proper mechanics of passing, shooting, and scoring, as well as defensive strategies and game rules. “Pro Tips and Tricks,” mainly work-ethic quotes from such pros as Tom Brady and Mary Lou Retton, are scattered throughout the texts. Instructive action photographs include both professional athletes and kids at play. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Sports–Baseball; Sports–Gymnastics; Sports–Ice hockey; Sports–Soccer; Sports–Basketball; Sports–Football

brown goldenbookoffamilyfun 232x300x After School FunBrown, Peggy The Golden Book of Family Fun
Gr. 4-6   133 pp. Golden (Random House Children’s Books) 2011

Illustrated by David Sheldon. From family history to poetry to parties and traditions, the ideas and activities collected in this book suit all kinds of moods, temperaments, abilities, and occasions. Suggestions for games, crafts, magic, experiments, art projects, and puppetry are enlivened by cartoony retro illustrations and match the text’s upbeat mood. A blanket advisory to use caution for some projects is included on the copyright page.
Subjects: Handicrafts and Hobbies; Family; Games

hodge watchmegrow 300x271 After School FunHodge, Deborah Watch Me Grow!: A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City
Gr. K-3   32 pp. Kids Can 2011

Photographs by Brian Harris. Reflecting the rising interest in urban farming, this simple text explores the different ways and spaces people find to grow food in cities. Occasional boxed sidebars offer gentle encouragement: “A sunny windowsill is a great place to grow herbs.” Well-chosen photos show children enjoying fresh produce in addition to pictures of community-, front-, and backyard gardens–and an eye-catching highrise rooftop beekeeper.
Subjects: Farm Life/Husbandry/and Gardening; Food; City and town life; Agriculture

kenney coolcheerleading 300x300 After School FunKenney, Karen Latchana Cool School Cheerleading: Fun Ideas and Activities to Build School Spirit
Gr. 4-6   32 pp. ABDO 2011
Kenney, Karen Latchana Cool School Clubs: Fun Ideas and Activities to Build School Spirit
Gr. 4-6      32 pp. ABDO 2011
Kenney, Karen Latchana Cool School Dance: Fun Ideas and Activities to Build School Spirit
Gr. 4-6      32 pp. ABDO 2011
Kenney, Karen Latchana Cool School Drama and Theater: Fun Ideas and Activities to Build School Spirit
Gr. 4-6     32 pp. ABDO 2011

Checkerboard How-To Library: Cool School Spirit series. School is about more than homework and tests, and these four volumes encourage students to get involved in activities. Each book introduces the title activity and provides suggestions for participation. Lots of peppy arts and crafts projects (e.g., make your own cheer-team logo) are included throughout. The kids in the accompanying photographs are enthusiastically engaged in their activities. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Handicrafts and Hobbies; Sports–Cheerleading; Schools; Clubs; Dance; Plays; Theater;

robinson apoloohno 195x300 After School FunRobison, Ken Apolo Ohno
High school   112 pp. Morgan 2011
Savage, Jeff Brock Lesnar
High school   112 pp. Morgan 2011
Savage, Jeff Tito Ortiz
High school  112 pp. Morgan 2011
Young, Jeff C. Michelle Wie
High school   112 pp. Morgan 2011

Xtreme Athletes series. These volumes detail the athletic achievements of the title champions of golf (Wie), speed skating (Ohno), and mixed martial arts (Lesnar and Ortiz); the texts also mention their personal and professional challenges and how they overcame them. Quotes and sidebars enhance the accessible volumes. Clear photographs depict sporting victories and special events in the subjects’ lives. Timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Japanese Americans; Sports–Speed skating; Ohno, Apolo; Biographies; Lesnar, Brock; Sports–Martial arts; Ortiz, Tito; Mexican Americans; Women–Biographies; Women–Athletes; Wie, Michelle; Sports–Golf; Women–Korean Americans; Korean Americans

From the October 2012 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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