Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of Reading Rocks! from School Library Journal on November 1, 2022

Cover: Famous Ghosts

Series that uses various engaging topics to encourage reading. Starting with a table of contents, titles are about three chapters long with vocabulary words in bold and in another color. A few paragraphs of text are paired with full page captioned photos or graphics. Coverage includes the history of the topic, current research and technology, the future of the topic, and basic safety, such as the slim odds of a shark encounter, but taking smart precautions when visiting the beach in Shark Encounters. Back matter has a glossary, a ‘Think About It’ question section, how to find out more, and an index. While some of the titles may include topics that could be a little creepy for younger readers, the text breaks down each topic using concrete information. Titles range from real world topics, like sharks and soccer superstars to otherworldly ones such as ghosts and aliens. VERDICT An engaging series to help encourage reluctant readers on a wide range of topics.

—Hilary Tufo

Products Reviewed

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Deadly Dinos 5.1
Famous Ghosts 4.4
Football Superstars 4.7
Knight Life 4.9
Orcas 4.7
Pirate Life 4.8
Shark Encounters 4.8
Skateboard Stars 5.3
Smokejumpers 4.7
Soccer Superstars 4.9
Spider Life 4.7
UFO Mysteries 5.1

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