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ALA Award Contenders
We’ve put together a list of titles that are getting buzz before the ALA Youth Media Awards are announced. They have multiple reviews, are mentioned in mock-award blogs and are on the “best books” lists. These selections are contenders for the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz and Coretta Scott King awards.
Check back the morning of Monday, February 12 to see the complete list of 2018 winners.
Students will learn more about how everyone is different with these fiction and nonfiction titles for all grade levels. Diverse cultures from around the world, religions and the LGBTQIA community are just some of the topics explored.
New & Recommended
The must-haves that everyone is – and will be – talking about
Orca Footprint Series
from Orca Book Publishers
These straightforward books talk about the complex environmental issues that children face every day. Each 48-page book aims to inspire young students to take action in any way they can. The books contain well-researched, simply-expressed information and powerful images for readers ages 9-and-up who are asking questions about the state of the natural world.
You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without … Series
from Scholastic Library
A great series for reluctant readers! What would life be like if you had to do without modern inventions? How would you cope without a toilet or live without electricity? Starting with these thought-provoking questions, each title takes us on a historical journey to see how people coped in the past and how they developed ingenious ways to make life safer and more pleasant.
King & Kayla Series
from Peachtree Publishers
Adorable new series for young detectives and dog lovers — King, a lovable dog, helps Kayla, his human girl, solve mysteries. These books feature simple, straightforward language and humor as these endearing characters solve simple, entertaining mysteries.
Spy On History & More
Using the spycraft materials included in a sealed envelope, middle grade readers will discover and unravel the clues embedded in the book’s text and illustrations to uncover the mystery in these compelling stories.
Jackaby Series & More
from Algonquin Young Readers
Newly arrived in New England in 1892 and in need of a job, Abigail Rook becomes the assistant to R.F. Jackaby — an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings. She helps him delve into a case of serial murders which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.
from Macmillan Publishing
This extensive list of graphic novels from Macmillian’s First Second Publishing is useful for teaching new vocabulary, visual literacy and reading skills for both struggling or skilled readers.
Red Rhino Series
This series includes fiction and nonfiction titles for your striving readers in grades 3–6. No longer will upper-elementary students have to read material junior to their maturity and interests. Characters are age-appropriate and come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Visually appealing full-color photographs, illustrations, fun facts and short chapters keep emerging readers focused.
Hot New Young Adult
Check out these two new highly anticipated novels, As You Wish and Before I Let Go, both written by bestselling authors.
Britannica Digital Learning
from Britannica Educational Publishing
Britannica’s comprehensive ebooks offer a time-saving and economical way to make authoritative, curriculum-aligned content available in the classroom, library and at home. These titles provide trustworthy resources for reading, writing and research.
Bad Kitty Series
from Macmillan Publishing
Children will fall in love with Bad Kitty and roaring with laughter at all her antics. Bad Kitty is a delightful picture book and an alphabetical romp through berserk cat behavior, and the follow-up books are the perfect introduction to chapter books for young children.
American Girl Real Stories from My Time
This chapter book series pairs nonfiction content with beloved American Girl BeForever characters, offering readers a unique entry point into important events in American history. These are perfect for book reports, with full-page illustrations throughout, plus historical photos, maps, a timeline, a glossary and bibliography at the back.
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