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Make Mead like a Viking By Jereme Zimmerman
After an exhausting day raiding coastlines and terrorizing natives, Vikings loved to relax with a nice quaff of mead. Over the centuries, mead retreated to merely a historical curiosity.
Science Projects in Series Nonfiction By Miriam Aronin
We often hear about the importance of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. How can we encourage more young people to go into these fields? What kind of education do they need to prepare for the kind of scientific thinking they will need?
A number of new series address these concerns with project-based science books for elementary- and middle-school-age students.
High-Demand Hot List for Youth By Daniel Kraus Front Lines. By Michael Grant. Harper/Katherine Tegen, $18.99 (9780062342157). Jan. 2016.
Grant, best known for sci-fi/fantasy/horror mash-ups like the Gone and BZRK series, turns over a historical-fiction leaf with this series starter that imagines front-line combat in WWII with a slight twist: our girls are fighting right alongside our boys. Expect bang-up action sequences and swift, gripping writing—and also, this time, to learn a thing or two.
Top 10 Science-Project Series By Miriam Aronin
Perfect for science fairs, school assignments, or plain old fun, these fantastic nonfiction series are packed with projects and backed by the science kids need to know as they tackle the activities.
FUN-damental Experiments (Bearport)
K–Gr. 3. The books in this colorful, visually appealing series promote scientific thinking in young children by asking for predictions and observations.
The Back Page: Food on the Page By Bill Ott
I’m sad to report that readers’ advisors across the land—in their never-ending search to determine if a book’s appeal stems from pacing, characters, language, or tone—seem to have forgotten one very important factor: taste. Sure, the reader who is searching for dinner can always pick up a cookbook, but what about that other reader, the one who isn’t looking for a meal but who likes his or her fiction or narrative nonfiction to include the occasional mouthwatering description of food or a memorable rumination on matters gastronomic?
Read-alikes: Sous-chefs in the Making By Sarah Hunter
Cooking is a fantastic way for kids to explore other cultures and learn practical skills to foster independence—but it’s also a great way for them to pitch in around the house. Before you turn your teens and tweens loose on the kitchen, however, make sure they have the basics down. These six titles provide tips for handy techniques, guidelines for understanding recipes, and some simple, healthful dishes to try. Now, if they could only manage to wash the dishes . . .