Biographies with girl power

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Doesn’t it seem as though many of the biographies written are about men and their accomplishments? Don’t get me wrong — there are plenty of admirable men who have changed the world through their daring, innovation, and wisdom. But how about the other half of the world’s population? Women just haven’t gotten the press they […]

Recommended Preschool Books: ABCs and 123s

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Browne, Anthony One Gorilla: A Counting Book    32 pp. Candlewick 2013. ISBN 978-0-7636-6352-0 For Anthony Browne, a gorilla is never just a gorilla. In this seemingly simple counting book from one to ten (plus a final coda), generous white space and classic type treatment balance expertly with large head-and-shoulders portraits of primates: “1 gorilla / […]

Recommended Preschool Books: All Through the Day

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Castillo, Lauren Nana in the City    40 pp. Clarion 2014. ISBN 978-0-544-10443-3 Visiting Nana in the city, the unnamed child narrator is initially unreceptive to the appeal. “The city is busy…loud…[and] filled with scary things.” Nana promises to show her young visitor that “the city is wonderful — bustling, booming, and extraordinary,” and their tour […]

Recommended Preschool Books: Bedtime

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Choldenko, Gennifer Putting the Monkeys to Bed    32 pp. Putnam 2015. ISBN 978-0-399-24623-4 Illustrated by Jack E. Davis. At bedtime, Sam and his toy monkeys are wide awake. Busy cartoon art full of overstimulating detail vibrates with energy, capturing what it might feel like to be Sam, whose “brain is buzzing.” Eventually, Sam handles […]

Recommended Preschool Books: Families

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Atinuke Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!    32 pp. Kane/Miller 2015. ISBN 978-1-61067-367-9 Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. In her latest picture book, Anna (Splash, Anna Hibiscus!) adjusts to the arrival of twin baby brothers, or “Double Trouble.” The story follows her struggles with the family’s diverted attentions immediately after the births: “You will have to […]

Food and cooking

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Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Dynamite Dinners Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Fruity Desserts Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Mind-Blowing Baking Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Smashing Snacks Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Professor Cook’s… series. Kid-friendly recipes are presented with underlying food facts […]

Space and space exploration

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Aguilar, David A. Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond Gr. 4–6, middle school     192 pp.     National Geographic Images of space — photographs, artistic renderings, and computer-generated composites — dominate this survey of astronomy and planetary science. On a series of double-page spreads with dramatic black backgrounds, images and diagrams plus thoughtful […]

Medicine and diseases

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Hand, Carol Epidemiology: The Fight Against Ebola & Other Diseases Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Lokere, Jillian Genetics: Unlocking the Secrets of Life Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Roberts, Russell Medicine: A Matter of Life and Death Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library History of Science series. […]

Natural history

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Africa Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear Australia and Southeast Asia Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear Europe Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear North and South America Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear South and Central Asia Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear Facts […]

World religions

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Bullard, Lisa My Religion, Your Religion Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook Illustrated by Holli Conger. Cloverleaf Books: Alike and Different series. After attending his neighbor’s bat mitzvah, David, who’s Christian, is interested in learning about other religions. Friend Sophia’s family isn’t religious, but she likes helping others. Fahmi’s Muslim family has its own special celebrations. […]