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Book cover Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies New Review
Cokie Roberts (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Diane Goode
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Biographies, Historical, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Everyone remembers the important men during the founding of America, but what about the women that also helped shape our country? This book is a great introduction for young readers wanting to learn about early America. "Founding Mothers" will introduce important figures such as Deborah Read Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s wife, and Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American poet. This beautifully illlustrated book is an easy read for anyone interested in the history of America and its’ women.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

Book cover Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes New Review
Nicola Davies (2014) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Emily Sutton
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Earth Friendly, Non-Fiction, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Hundreds of books have been written about big creatures like whales and small animals like ants, but the teeniest, tiniest living things on our planet are often overlooked. Thanks to Nicola Davies, the story of microbes is being told in this beautiful fact- filled book. Learn about the different kinds of microbes, what they look like, and all the important jobs they do inside and outside of our bodies. Unlike science books that use photographs from high powered microscopes, the watercolor illustrations in this book will remind you of classic picture books. This book makes the subject of microbes enjoyable for even the most “science shy” reader!

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

Book cover A Little Book of Sloth
Lucy Cooke (2013) , 40-80 pages
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Earth Friendly, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Do you love sloths? If you don’t already, this book is sure to make you agree that sloths are the real kings of the jungle. Sloths are mammal cousins of armadillos belonging to a group called Xenarthrans. That’s just one piece of trivia this great book will teach you about the slothful residents of the Aviarios del Caribe sloth sanctuary. Bright, adorable photographs of each sloth may leave you wanting a pet sloth, but remember: sloths are wild animals. Leave the napping to the sloths and move slowly(like a sloth – fifteen feet per minute!)to check out this great read.

Reviewed by: Larisa / Morrison Regional Library
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Book cover Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days
Michael Oren Fitzgerald (2013) , 40-80 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Historical, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Native Americans of the past lived very different lives from the way we live now; they did not have technology, and occupied their time differently. The interesting facts of this book are told through quotes from chiefs and elders in the tribe and they are accompanied by photographs. This book notes the differences between boys and girls at play, daily survival of camp life, the influence of parents and grandparents, and more. This is a great book to include in a project for school about pre-reservation Plains Indians.

Reviewed by: Maeve / University City Regional Library

Book cover Donner Dinner Party
Nathan Hale (2013) , 120-160 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Graphic Novels, Historical, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Do you know what life was like for pioneers traveling to California in the 1840s? Even in good times, life was really hard. One group, the Donner Party, started out in 1846 expecting a long, tough journey. They never imagined what they would have to do to get to California alive! The third of “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales” spins their story, one of the most chilling chapters in American history, in a way that will interest even the most reluctant readers. Three wisecracking narrators and lively panel illustrations keep the story moving. You won’t want to put this graphic novel down!

Reviewed by: Larisa / Morrison Regional Library
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