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August 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers
As the new school year gets under way, our annual “Best Bets” list features titles we reviewed in the past 12 months that are targeted specifically for students from the elementary- through high-school levels. For more good bets, Booklist Online subscribers can use Advanced Search to find adult reference books recommended for young adults.
The American Presidency. Ed. by Anthony L. Green. 2009. 144p. illus. Encyclopaedia Britannica, $29.95 (9781593398439). Gr. 6–12.
Each entry provides a profile of the president from his early days through retirement, highlighting key accomplishments. Students will be engaged by the layout and numerous images, time lines, and maps.
Anatomy and Physiology: An Illustrated Guide. 2009. 192p. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $69.95 (9780761478812). Gr. 8–12.
Repackaging selected content from the larger Animal and Plant Anatomy (2006), this highly illustrated resource offers students a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of the systems of a variety of organisms, primarily plants and animals.
Career Discovery Encyclopedia. 7th ed. 8v. 2009. 1,600p. Ferguson, $235 (9780816079315). Gr. 6–12.
Because career classes begin in middle school now, this would be a useful resource in middle- and high-school libraries in particular and even in guidance-counselors’ offices.
The Child’s World Encyclopedia of Baseball. By James Buckley and others. 5v. 2009. 480p. illus. Child’s World, $249.75 (9781602531758). Gr. 3–8.
The authors are all sportswriters for young readers (two have written for Sports Illustrated for Kids) and definitely convey an enthusiasm for their subject. The definitions of baseball terms are probably the most useful entries in the set.
Economic Literacy: A Complete Guide. Ed. by Stephanie Schwartz Driver. 2009. 224p. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $69.95 (9780761479109). Gr. 9–12.
Articles were drawn from the 11-volume Business and Industry, which was published in 2004. For the single-volume version, bibliographies were replaced and a number of articles, tables, charts, and graphs were revised.
Encyclopedia of Health. 18v. 4th ed. 2009. 1,152p. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $359.95 (9780761478454). Gr. 6–12.
Nearly 100 articles are completely new to this edition. Also new are “Q&A” boxes, included with every article and containing two or three pertinent questions that students are likely to have.
The Encyclopedia of Junior Science. By Cheryl Jakab and David Keystone. 10v. 2009. 480p. illus. Chelsea House, $230 (9781604135541). Gr. 4–9.
Simple definitions are combined with plenty of color photographs and illustrations to make an appealing resource for younger students.
Great Athletes. Ed. by Rafer Johnson. 13v. 2009. 5,000p. illus. Salem, $1,020 (9781587654732). Gr. 7–12.
This massive undertaking totals 1,470 entries covering athletes in baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, auto racing, soccer, tennis, and Olympic sports. Well-known athletes in other, less-recognized sports are also covered.
The Kingfisher Atlas of World History: A Pictorial Guide to the World’s People and Events, 10,000 BC–Present. By Simon Adams. 2010. 196p. illus. Kingfisher, $24.99 (9780753463888). Gr. 2–8.
This colorful and fact-packed book is not only informative but well organized. Sections cover “The Ancient World,” “The Medieval World,” “Exploration and Empire,” and “The Modern World,” and each section contains 15 or 16 maps.
Lifelines in World History: The Ancient World; The Medieval World; The Early Modern World; The Modern World. Ed. by Mounir A. Farah. 4v. 2009. 488p. illus. Sharpe, $299 (9780765681256). Gr. 6–12.
Here’s an attractive set with a twist—looking at history through biographical entries for “some of the most important and fascinating people of recorded time.” Around 70 people are included.
Mammal Anatomy: An Illustrated Guide. 2009. 287p. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $69.95 (9780761478829). Gr. 8–12.
Like Anatomy and Physiology (above), this repackaging of some of the content in the multivolume Animal and Plant Anatomy (2006) is a good buy for libraries that do not own the larger set.
Personal Finance: A Guide to Money and Business. Ed. by Stephanie Schwartz Driver. 2009. 186p. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $69.95 (9780761479093). Gr. 9–12.
Another updated and cost-saving spin-off of the 11-volume Business and Industry (2004). (See also Economic Literacy, above.)
Rourke’s Complete History of Our Presidents Encyclopedia. Ed. by Kelli L. Hicks. 14v. 2009. 896p. illus. Rourke, $399.95 (9781606942932). Gr. 3–8.
This set offers substantial articles (around 30 pages) on each president and contains many comparisons that make the articles relevant to life today. Another unique feature is the discussion of each president’s impact.
Sex and Society. 3v. 2009. 960p. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $279.95 (9780761479055). Gr. 9–12.
Covering a wide range of topics on human physiology, sexual behaviors, sexual health, relationships, legal issues, and more, this resource will be well used and browsed because there is nothing else comparable.
SIRS Issues Researcher. 2009. ProQuest [www.proquestk12.com]. Gr. 6–12.
What sets this database apart is the fact that every article is read and selected by an editor. Last year’s major overhaul makes it even more student-friendly.
Space and Astronomy Experiments. By Pamela Walker and Elaine Wood. 2010. 152p. illus. Facts On File, $35 (9780816078097). Gr. 6–12.
This resource, one of six volumes in the Facts On File Science Experiment set, presents experiments designed to foster understanding of space science and astronomy.
A Student Guide to Climate and Weather. By Angus M. Gunn. 5v. 2010. 667p. illus. Greenwood, $255 (9780313355684). Gr. 9–12.
These volumes present two different types of information: an explanation of the various scientific processes that pertain to weather and climate, and a discussion of the specific ways that weather and climate impact human life and the world we live in.
Student’s Guide to the Presidency. Ed. by Bruce J. Schulman. 2009. 416p. illus. CQ, $85 (9780872895553). Gr. 9–12.
The strength of this volume is the information regarding the election process and the executive branch. The first section provides essays on the presidency that could launch great classroom discussions and research papers.
Teen Health and Wellness. 2009. Rosen. [www.teenhealthandwellness.com]. Gr. 6–12.
This database also appeared on our 2007 “Twenty Best Bets for Student Researchers” list, but ongoing enhancements made it worth reviewing again in 2009. Version 2.0 was released last month.
World and Its Peoples: Europe. 13v. 2010. 1,872p. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $499.95 (9780761478836). Gr. 9–12.
This latest in a series of appealing and well-organized sets offers a plethora of facts and other information introducing researchers to the 51 countries, states, and dependencies of Europe.
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