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SLJ Review of Library of Awesome Animals

Playful chapter titles and occasional interjections like “yikes” and wow!" create a lighthearted feel in these animal profiles, but there’s also plenty of useful, well-organized information. The tone achieves a good balance between enthusiastic (“Elephants are eating machines”) and factual…

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SLJ Review of Sports STEM

Want to show fans of athletics how STEM applies to their favorite activities? This series takes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and shows them in action on the field, the court, or the rink. Readers will learn about the physics of pitching, the tech of sensors used to…

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SLJ Review of Colorful Minds: Tips for Managing Your Emotions

This series is like a comforting hug. For young children who might have trouble verbally expressing their feelings or controlling their emotions, this series provides interactive activities to help them understand what they are feeling and how to cope. Each emotion is associated with a…

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SLJ Review of Saving Animals from the Brink

A new take on science comics that feature groups of conservationists and activists working to help save animals from extinction. This series is tied together with the shared thread of animals at risk and their connection to the creation of the Endangered Species Act. Each title addresses…

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SLJ Review of Fact-o-graphics!

Using colorful illustrations and inset photos, this series presents basic facts for early readers. A section on the five senses, for example, uses small photos of foods to highlight the five categories of taste. A general statement introduces each spread’s topic and text boxes provide…

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Booklist Review of Get Outdoors

The Get Outdoors series encourages early readers to venture outside and enjoy the beauty of nature through various outdoor activities. Each title introduces the activity, details the necessary gear, advises on proper technique, warns of potential risks, and explains how to stay safe and…

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SLJ Review of Disastrous Deaths

Those interested in the gruesome and morbid will find plenty to explore in this series. The table of contents is listed on a tombstone, and a collection of “weird” phrases about death like, “kicked the bucket” begins each book. Within the pages are incredible stories of those who have died…

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Booklist Review of Fighting Back in Flight

Riveting action relayed in a graphic-novel format joins traditional nonfiction text in this account of the valiant passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 as they fought with hijackers on 9/11. Without sensationalizing events, the graphic portion relays what happened aboard this…

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Booklist Review of The Yellow Book: What to Do When You're Excited

Upbeat and constructive, the Colorful Minds: Tips for Managing Your Emotions series (4 titles) helps children stay in control of their feelings. In this volume, yellow (excitement) shines brightest in the literal rainbow of emotions readers are asked to envision at the book’s outset. Seven…

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Arlington ISD Review of Pull Apart a Pizza

Part of Deconstructed Diets Series this book tells the history of the pizza and gives specific details of each layer of the pizza. The book contains beautiful color photographs as well as a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. It encourages readers to make smart choices and try new…

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Arlington ISD Review of Baby Porcupines

“Baby Porcupines” written by Jennifer Boothroyd is one title of a twelve book set called “Animal Babies.” This book has full-color pages, close up photographs, large print, and text written for beginner readers to have success as they start to research porcupines. All nonfiction text…

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Arlington ISD Review of Moldy Science Experiments

This book is filled with many fun projects and very detailed explanations of the science behind the project. Each page includes a moldy science fact, steps for experiments, observations, and tips. Readers can learn clear explanations of each experiment and the end result make this a good…

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