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Find more Top 10 Series Nonfiction
This year’s best new nonfiction series tackle some hard-hitting topics—the #MeToo movement, terrorism, civil and human rights—as well as fun ones occupying the space-slime continuum. That’s a thing, right? All were reviewed in Booklist between March 15, 2018, and March 15, 2019.
Captured Television History 4D (Capstone; 4 titles)
Gr. 5–7. Television has changed the way we experience events that will become important pieces of history. This series explores this in both print books and a connected app, where kids can watch TV clips of the pivotal moments in history being discussed.
Conservation Success Stories (ABDO; 6 titles)
Gr. 7–10. With a frank but optimistic tone, this series does an outstanding job of examining threatened biomes and the steps that have been, or can be, taken to mitigate damage, revive the environment, and safeguard their futures.
The Crimes of ISIS (Enslow; 8 titles)
Gr. 9–12. This topical series sheds light on how ISIS came to power, who is among its ranks, and what life is like under the organization’s control. Never lurid or overgeneral, it goes beyond the headlines to broaden students’ understanding of a complex but inescapable subject.
Geo Facts (Crabtree; 8 titles)
Gr. 3–6. Splashy, colorful pages with infographics, photos, and diagrams set apart this series on Earth’s physical features and processes, resources, and human population. The visually enticing layout is packed with information thoughtfully presented in a global context.
In the Headlines (Rosen; 12 titles)
Gr. 9–12. This series from Rosen’s new New York Times Educational imprint curates articles and op-ed pieces from the New York Times to illustrate the immediacy and relevance of certain events or figures in today’s world.
Nature’s Superheroes (Jump!; 5 titles)
Gr. 1–3. Primary-grade readers get an up-close look at animals capable of wondrous feats in this series. Clear photos and diagrams, plus simple sentences, give new readers support as they learn.
The Push for Social Change (ReferencePoint; 4 titles)
Gr. 9–12. Important social movements in the U.S. receive comprehensive treatment in this series, noteworthy for its clarity and deep dig into history, often highlighting personal stories or events that are lesser known.
Searchlight Books: Discover Planets (Lerner; 8 titles)
Gr. 3–5. Elementary-schoolers will blast into space with this engrossing series that’s star-bright with large-scale photos, critical-thinking questions, fascinating facts, and “STEM Highlight” pages.
Slime-inators & Other Slippery Tricksters (Bearport; 6 titles)
Gr. 1–3. Here’s a high-quality series that slips surprising science and amazing facts between its eye-catching—and often disgusting—photos. Concepts are clearly explained, and youngsters will appreciate the pronunciation guide for new vocabulary.
A True Book: Alternative Energy (Scholastic; 4 titles)
Gr. 3–5. Energize science units with this well-designed, informative introduction to geothermal, solar, water, and wind power. The history and development of each energy source are succinctly explained, while the variety of illustrative and text features will engage different learning styles.
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