Stand-out Series Nonfiction
The educational publishing world can be overwhelming. There are so many series nonfiction titles published every year for the school market than it can be daunting to think of wading through them to find the best ones for your library. We are happy to help with that, of course. Here are a few stand-out series we have come across recently:
The What We Stand For series from Abdo Publishing is a simple and visually attractive look at character education concepts for young kids. The books are a great opportunity to introduce and discuss the role that values play in our lives. In Stand Up for Yourself: The Kids’ Book of Courage, for example, readers are given a brief definition of courage with examples that kids will be familiar with. Then it encourages kids to be brave (or acknowledge how they are being brave already) with suggestions that make bravery accessible, including “Try something new” and “Show your talents.” The bold text and large photographs make these books great for sharing with a group, and the concluding question will be a jumping off point for kids to share their own ideas.
This inspiring series has six titles:
Do Something for Others: The Kids’ Book of Citizenship by Anders Hanson. 2015. 9781624032929. Gr. 1-4.
Everyone is Equal: The Kids’ Book of Tolerance by Anders Hanson. 2015. 9781624032936. Gr. 1-4.
Land of the Free: The Kids’ Book of Freedom by Anders Hanson. 2015. 9781624032950. Gr. 1-4.
No Bullies Allowed!: The Kids’ Book of Dealing With Bullies by Anders Hanson. 2015. 9781624032967. Gr. 1-4.
Stand Up for Yourself: The Kids’ Book of Courage by Anders Hanson. 2015. 9781624032974. Gr. 1-4.
Keeping the Peace: The Kids’ Book of Peacemaking by Anders Hanson. 2015. 9781624032943. Gr. 1-4.
The Technology Breakthroughs series from 12-Story Library blends science, technology, and history as it takes young readers through innovations in various fields. Since I am particularly interested in health and medicine, I especially appreciated The 12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Medicine, which included information on the smallpox vaccine, anesthetics, prosthetics and more. The eye-catching covers and browsing friendly layouts will help the titles in this series stand out from the crowd of nonfiction titles on your library shelves.
There are currently six titles in the series that cover technology in various fields of interest:
12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Computer Technology by Marne Ventura. 2015. 9781632350121. Gr. 3-6.
12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Energy Technology by M. M. Eboch. 2015. 9781632350138. Gr. 3-6.
12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Food Technology by Marne Ventura. 2015. 9781632350145. Gr. 3-6.
12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Medicine by M. M. Eboch. 2015. 9781632350152. Gr. 3-6.
12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Robot Technology by Marne Ventura. 2015. 9781632350169. Gr. 3-6.
12 Biggest Breakthroughs in Transportation Technology by M. M. Eboch. 2015. 9781632350176. Gr. 3-6.
The new titles Perspectives Flip Book series from Compass Point Press take on issues from dual points of view. In Punishing Bullies: Zero Tolerance vs. Working Together readers can start with either section—the one that begins “Being Bullied” and shares a punitive solution to bullying or the one that begins “Being the Bully” and offers non-punitive solutions. This unique series encourages students to think critically about the arguments presented and come to their own conclusions. It may serve as a model for persuasive writing or be a foundation for a discussion of the issues. Either way, this series is an excellent choice for middle school libraries.
There are currently four Issues books in the series:
Animal Testing: Life-Saving Research vs. Animal Welfare by Lois Sepahban. 2015. 9780756549961. Gr. 4-8.
Punishing Bullies: Zero Tolerance vs. Working Together by Lisa Owings. 2015. 9780756549954. Gr. 4-8.
School Lunches: Healthy Choices vs. Crowd Pleasers by Amanda Lanser. 2015. 9780756549930. Gr. 4-8.
Social Media: Like it or Leave it by Rebecca Rowell. 2015. 9780756549947. Gr. 4-8.