With the idea the "Data can help us understand the world, our country, and our local communities" in mind, these books explain how data may be organized into graphs, charts, and maps, and then used for analysis. Examples, such as a bar graph of U.S. race/ethnicity, are shown; then captions explain how to interpret the data. The usefulness of maps that reflect the connection between geography and data is also pointed out. Intentional misuse of data and how it can be misunderstood due to misreading or unclear labels is discussed, as well as how data can be used to predict future trends. Name changes for race and ethnicity over time are also mentioned. Each book begins with "Before" and "During" reading suggestions, and back matter features reflection questions and a suggested extension activity. VERDICT A helpful purchase for classes working on data interpretation.
-School Library Journal