Math concepts

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Boswell, Kelly Diagrams, Diagrams, Diagrams! Gr. K–3   32 pp. Capstone Boswell, Kelly Timelines, Timelines, Timelines! Gr. K–3  32 pp. Capstone Displaying Information series. Bold color photographs and easy-to-understand texts explain how diagrams and timelines are used to impart information. The books cover the different types of and uses for these visual tools, from charting classmates’ […]

Migration

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Cohn, Scotti On the Move: Mass Migrations Gr. K –3   32 pp. Sylvan Dell Illustrated by Susan Detwiler. The text examines the instinctual nature of some types of animals (such as caribou, salamanders, and horseshoe crabs) to move in large groups for reasons related to survival, including reproduction, food and water, and shelter. Brightly painted […]

Earth Day

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Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero at Home Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero at School Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero on the Move Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero Outdoors Gr. K–3 […]

Women’s History

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Corey, Shana Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure Gr. K–3    40 pp. Scholastic Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. Corey highlights how Juliette Gordon Low’s go-getter attitude led to her founding of the Girl Scouts one hundred years ago. Appropriately retro illustrations, saturated with the […]

Poetry

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Hopkins, Lee Bennett, Selector All the World’s a Stage Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Creative Editions Illustrated by Guy Billout. Using Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” monologue from As You Like It as his armature, Hopkins has chosen two or three poems for each life stage. The poignant, funny, or thought-provoking poems stem from a range […]

Dinosaurs app review

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Many kids visit natural history museums for school field trips or just for fun. Around here it’s the Harvard Natural History Museum (home of the stunning glass flowers room and free to Massachusetts residents on Sunday mornings). Chicago has the Field Museum. And in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area kids flock to the American Museum of […]

Review of Pure Grit

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Pure Grit: How American World War II 
Nurses Survived Battle and 
Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell Middle School, High School    Abrams    160 pp. 2/14    978-1-4197-1028-5    $24.95 There are many books written about young people enlisting in the military, being unprepared for the horrors of battle or tortures of capture, serving bravely, […]

Review of The Children of the King

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The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    266 pp. 3/14    978-0-7636-6735-1    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-7636-7042-9    $16.99 Continuing her string of novels exploring the effects of war on innocents (The Silver Donkey, rev. 9/06; The Midnight Zoo, rev. 9/11), Hartnett’s latest book tackles the home front. In the early days […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note […]

Review of Ballad

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Ballad by Blexbolex; trans. from the 
French by Claudia Z. Bedrick; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Enchanted Lion    280 pp. 11/13    978-1-59270-137-7    $22.95 The French illustrator (Seasons, rev. 7/10; People, rev. 9/11) is as provocative as ever in this graphic celebration — and parody — of the very idea of story. Like Dr. Seuss’s […]