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Cover: Army and Navy Football

A noteworthy review of College Football Teams from Booklist on October 1, 2021

This book in the College Football Teams series (12 titles) highlights the Army and Navy football teams and their legendary rivalry. It describes the glory years of both teams as well as their traditions, like the fact that the whole student body of West Point marches onto the field… View →

Cover: Calamity Jane

A noteworthy review of Tall Tales from Booklist on October 1, 2021

Appropriately, this entry in the Tall Tales series (8 titles) paints a larger-than-life picture of Martha Jane Cannary, aka Calamity Jane, putting fact aside in favor of an engaging story. Pages are composed primarily of text, with the occasional full-page illustration adding some… View →

Cover: Wishing Traditions around the World

A noteworthy review of Traditions Around the World from Booklist on October 1, 2021

While food and celebrations might come to mind first when thinking of cultural traditions, this selection from the Traditions around the World series (8 titles) explores how different cultures practice making wishes. In this book, wishing includes both making wishes oneself (such as in a View →

Cover: African Americans and the Revolutionary War

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from Booklist on September 1, 2021

The Black American Journey is the latest generation of the publisher’s Journey to Freedom: The African American Library series (circa 2000) and The African American Journey series (a decade later). Some of the recent books are entirely new, while others are revised editions. The… View →

Cover: U.S. Presidents

A noteworthy review of Fascinating Facts from Booklist on May 15, 2021

These new books in the Fascinating Facts series bring together high-interest facts and anecdotes about the title topic. The material is grouped into several loosely related categories or chapters. In Dogs, author Pearson ably guides readers through the dog’s body, domestication,… View →

Cover: Marijuana: Affecting Lives

A noteworthy review of Affecting Lives: Drugs and Addiction from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

This series tells the stories of people with addictions and how they recover. These books are not focused on statistics or the science behind the drugs. Instead, they serve as examples for readers about how people start using drugs, become addicted, and find the help to quit. The people… View →

Cover: Sink vs. Float

A noteworthy review of Science Showdowns from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

Written to introduce basic science concepts through comparing and contrasting, each book in this series features a pair of opposites, such as light and dark or renewable and nonrenewable energy. Large, clear photos support the text and have labels to reinforce important details. There… View →

Cover: Dwarf Planets

A noteworthy review of Blast Off to Space from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

This eight-book series incorporates a broad range of subjects related to astronomy. Each book contains three or four chapters with many vibrant, full-page photographs. The length of the text and amount of data included in each title make it a good choice for first book reports or as a… View →

Cover: World War II Spy Stories

A noteworthy review of True Spy Stories from Booklist on April 1, 2021

This entry in the True Spy Stories series (6 titles) begins with a bullet-pointed list of ‘fast facts,’ setting readers up with background information on WWII and spying that gives necessary context to the coming stories. From there, five chapters… View →

Cover: The Emancipation Proclamation

A noteworthy review of The Black American Journey from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

To say ‘Lincoln freed the slaves’ is too simplistic to be real history. Students should learn the actual reasons for his actions. Black Americans have withstood horrific conditions throughout American history and these books speak to their heartbreaking struggles and… View →

Cover: His Brown Horse

A noteworthy review of Learning Sight Words from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

Sight words, or words that developing readers can identify by memory without decoding them, are introduced through different scenarios in this series. Books take a set of two or three sight words and highlight them by repeating them in different sentences throughout the text… View →

Cover: Dwarf Planets

A noteworthy review of Blast Off to Space from Booklist on April 1, 2021

Kids curious about the universe of space objects beyond our eight local planets and sun will appreciate this title in the Blast Off to Space series (8 titles). The book opens with the discovery of the dwarf planet Eris, which led scientists to establish new criteria for classifying… View →