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Kid Citizen - School Library Journal Fall 2020

Kid Citizen - School Library Journal Fall 2020

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PreS-Gr 2–Emerging readers are introduced to new vocabulary and learn how to be a good citizen. Each title begins with a photo glossary and a list of high-frequency words. Double-page photos are accompanied by a single sentence, which features one of the words from the glossary and an arrow pointing to its depiction on the page. For example, I Can Help includes a photo of a white girl with blonde hair pushing a book cart in a library. The text states, “I can help with the books,” and the word books appears again with an arrow directed to the books...

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My Earth and Space Science Library - School Library Journal Fall 2020

My Earth and Space Science Library - School Library Journal Fall 2020

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K-Gr 2–This series provides vocabulary lists, extension activities, and “After Reading Activity” suggestions that are tailored to each title. General “Before Reading” tips are the same in all of the books. Short chunks of text are supported by photos of landforms and weather. Diagrams help to illustrate concepts, such as the water cycle or tectonic plate movement. In each book, directions for a hands-on activity such as building a rain gauge are included. The “After Reading Activity” suggestions encourage children to try tasks like logging the hours of sunlight for a week or tracking the weather forecast. A photo glossary...

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Women in Sports - School Library Journal - Fall 2020

Women in Sports - School Library Journal - Fall 2020

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Gr 4-9–Learn about the fierce women who compete against the best and win. Snowboarder Chloe Kim and gymnast Simone Biles have set new standards in their sports. Elena Delle Donne and Megan Rapinoe are both amazing athletes who advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Naomi Osaka’s the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam title. Many of the athletes, including Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore, are vocal about supporting pay equity. The biographies have just enough information for reports. Reading comprehension questions and suggested activities allow readers to think more deeply about the lives of these influential women. VERDICT If you...

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Kids Speak Out - School Library Journal Fall 2020

Kids Speak Out - School Library Journal Fall 2020

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Gr 1-4–This series aims to empower children to find solutions to societal problems. Each page features a short expository paragraph. The text closely examines the true stories of current, young activists. Each book begins with “Before and During Reading Activities” and vocabulary terms. This allows readers to associate the information with previous knowledge. The text concludes with tips on how readers can get involved, a glossary, an index, a “Text-Dependent Questions” section, and extension activities. The colorful photographs include children and teens who are BIPOC. ­VERDICT A fantastic series for teaching social issues, and a wonderful source of inspiration for...

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Governing the United States - School Library Journal - April 2020

Governing the United States - School Library Journal - April 2020

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These easy-to-read titles provide basic introductions to various elected officials who govern at the federal, state, or local level. Each book explains the requirements of the positions as well as the duties of the jobs. Judges can be appointed or elected; congresspeople must be 25 years old; the president directs the armed forces; and governors run the executive branch of the states. Interesting facts are included: Judges can conduct weddings; most state attorneys general are elected; and congresspeople get free parking at the airport. All titles feature color ­photographs representing the diversity of people in the various offices. VERDICT This...

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