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Geo Librarian Blog Review of Deadly Mine: Libby, Montana

This book presents the shocking story of a town brought to it’s knees by the very thing that helped make it possible. Mining is a dangerous profession, but when miners carry home a poisonous dust, mining becomes deadly for everyone. Not only is the story eye-opening but it carries a…

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Geo Librarian Blog Review of Axolotl

Bearport does such a nice job with these short nonfiction books. With gorgeous photos balancing out the straight-forward text, young readers can focus on the the information in the book rather than the book itself. Axolotl’s are a kind of salamander that looks a lot like a fish. Since they…

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Jean Little Library Blog Review of Sick Soil: The Dust Bowl

This new series from Bearport offers a unique look at disasters throughout history by framing them in light of the ecological causes and effects. The series includes famous incidents like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and the Dust Bowl. It also includes more…

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Jean Little Library Blog Review of Poop Cures

Ever since our school district adopted a new curriculum, one school’s fifth grade classes comes to me in the fall for materials for their inquiry projects. I usually start with a list of anywhere from 20-50 subjects and then work with the teachers and students to narrow them down as needed.

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Bookworm for Kids Blog Review of Coconut

Coconuts are fun to look at in the store and even better to eat, and this book take a peek at exactly how they grow.

Coconuts aren’t a fruit kids necessarily see every day, nor do they look anything like most fruits. After a quick description of the coconut, this book dives into the…

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Bookworm for Kids Blog Review of Dik-Dik

The sweet face on the cover with it’s big, curious eyes already draw attention and lure in to learn more about a less known animal, the Dik-dik.

This lesser known type of antelope lives in Africa, and it is quite an interesting creature. With bright, bold photographs, this book takes a…

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Bookworm for Kids Blog Review of What Are Rocks Made Of?

Bringing rocks down to a microscopic view, this book shows what rocks are composed of and how they fit our world.

There are thousands of different types of rocks, but they have more in common than one might think. After a table of contents, the first pages dive into a basic look at rocks

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Booklist Review of Horned Lizard, Luna Moth, Polish Chicken, and Snub-Nosed Monkey

The urgent question, “What’s this weird but cute animal?” opens each volume of the aptly named Weirder and Cuter series. First up in Horned Lizard is a small, spiny reptile capable of scaring off predators by squirting blood out of its eyeballs. Awesomely weird! The giant,…

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Bookworm for Kids Blog Review of Deadly Mine: Libby, Montana

With careful explanations and descriptions, this book gives young readers a glimpse into one of the largest environmental catastrophes in United States’ history.

The first pages set the mood with the tragic story of a miner and his family, who became sick from poisonous dust in the town…

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Bookworm for Kids Blog Review of Killer Smog: London, England

Natural disasters can come as unsuspecting as a fog, and this book explains how The Great Smog of 1952 occurred as well as the effects it had on all of London.

The first sentence opens like an eerie mystery and immediately draws young readers into the scene. Readers will sympathize with…

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Booklist Review of Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, and Paris

Ever wanted to sail the flower-filled canals of Xochimilco, scarf down a pastrami sandwich, or peruse the Louvre? With bite-size factoids, streamlined layouts, and striking full-color photos, these high-interest installments in the brand-new Citifed! series may be the next best thing. Over…

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School Library Journal Review of Citified!

K-Gr 2–Children are welcomed to tour select major world cities in this vibrant and visually pleasing series. The majority of the content in each book is dedicated to covering kid-friendly historic sites, zoos, museums, and parks as well as popular sporting events and foods to eat. In each…

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