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     April 1, 2015          BOOKLIST

Spotlight on Series Nonfiction
Top 10 Series Nonfiction
Spring Travel Roundup
Travel Guides, 2015
The Allure of Paris
He Reads: Texas
She Reads: Texas
Listen-alikes: Listening    for a Sense of Place

At Leisure with Joyce    Saricks: Summer    Reading Clubs
Blast Off: A Summer-    learning Challenge
The Back Page: Books    into Movies


Dancing in the Dark:    Recent YA Ballet Books
Great Reads: These Novels    Are Graphic
Great Reads: Great BIG    Reads
Great Reads: A Dark    Harvest for Kansas Day
Great Reads: What Do You    Resolve to Read this    Year?

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April 2015

April 2015 Issue
Classroom Star

Common Core Resources

Review Of The Day
Billy’s Booger
By William Joyce

This meta-mash-up of comic books, basal readers, and a more linear narrative tells the author-illustrator’s own childhood story, steeped in nostalgia. Joyce, along with his fourth-grade self (according to the title page), recounts a single episode from his elementary-school years.

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blast-off Blast Off!: A Summer Learning Challenge Uses Space Travel to Teach Twenty-First-Century Problem-Solving Skills
By Elizabeth McChesney and Shilo Pearson

Digital learning provides a logical platform for connecting young readers to books. Incorporating science and STEM themes is a natural way to promote self-guided learning by appealing to children’s innate curiosity. As they learn how to conquer the Internet through well-sourced sites, links back to the printed page can provide clear—and fun!—stepping stones for learning.

top10-series-nonfiction Top 10 Series Nonfiction: 2015
By Daniel Kraus

There’s a certain sense of maturity to this year’s list of the top 10 nonfiction series launched in the past year. Thankfully, series on cell-phone safety, global disasters, and the dark side of sports are buoyed by some of our old favorites: cool jobs, cryptozoology, and weather.

Cell Phones and Society (ReferencePoint)

Gr. 9–12. Tackling a topic near and dear to teen readers’ hearts.

spring-travel-guides_2015 Travel Roundup: Spring Travel Guides, 2015
By Brad Hooper

Will spring ever arrive? Positive thinking is made a little easier if you spend some cold winter evenings curled up with travel guides, planning that spring trip. To that end, we present our latest roundup of travel guides that have been published over the past six months.

Bradt Guides
(Globe Pequot, paper).
Montenegro. 5th edition. $25.99 (9781841628578).

notables_books-2015 Notable Books: 2015

This list has been compiled for use by the general reader and by librarians who work with adults. The Notable Books Council, ALA Reference and User Services Association, has selected the titles for their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers. All titles were published in 2014.


All My Puny Sorrows. By Miriam Toews. McSweeney’s, $24 (9781940450278).

column_carte-blanche Carte Blanche: My New Year’s Resolution
By Michael Cart

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and I find myself wondering—a bit impertinently, perhaps—what New Year’s resolutions you made and whether you’ve managed to keep them. As for me, I seldom make any formal resolutions, only tacit ones. I think halfheartedly, for example, about being more patient, about going to the gym more often, eating less chocolate, getting less apoplectic about the news of the day, and so on.

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