Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Review: Still a Gorilla

STILL A GORILLA by Kim Norman is a humorous picture book about a gorilla who imitates other animals at the zoo.
This rhyming, predictable story follows Willy the Gorilla as he explores the lives of animals at the zoo. Although he pretends to be many different animals, in the end he’s happy being a silly gorilla.
Librarians will find that the bright solid-colored illustrations appeal to younger children. Use the book to explore animal traits with pre-school and kindergarten students.
To learn more about the author, go to
Published by Scholastic on July 26, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Review: Who Would Win? series

The WHO WOULD WIN? series by Jerry Pallotta compares and contrasts two creatures.
At just 32 pages, each book in this nonfiction informational book series is designed to immerse children in two fascinating animals. Four new titles include Tarantula vs. Scorpion, Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark, Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra, and Whale vs. Giant Squid.
Each book envisions what would happen if two creatures met. Comparisons are made of anatomy, behavior, and other characteristics. On the last page, readers are encouraged to complete a checklist and decide who wins.
Filled with fascinating facts along with photos, charts, and other illustrations, these short books will appeal to young readers.
Librarians will find these books popular with teachers building compare and contrast informational reading assignments. The nonfiction works would also be popular for free reading activities.
To learn more about the author, go to
Published by Scholastic published in paperback June 28, 2016. ARC courtesy of Scholastic.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Website Review: The Living Room Candidate

THE LIVING ROOM CANDIDATE from the Museum of Moving Image features U.S. presidential campaign commercials from 1952 though 2016.
The website includes both political advertisements as well as educational resources and tools.
The Commercials section is organized by election year. Each election features background information, candidate information, results, and commercials.
The Type of Commercials section explores ads by topic such as commercials that backfired. Users can learn about the topic and view videos.
The Issue section features topics including civil rights, corruption, taxes, war, and welfare.
The Curator’s Choice section examines examples of effective strategies.
Users can also view playlists and create their own projects. Teachers can download lessons. The Admaker tool can be used to edit videos. Additional resources are also available.
Librarians will find this website to be a valuable tool for government and history classes. The resources are easy to access and use.
To visit the website, go to

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review: The Killer in Me

THE KILLER IN ME by Margot Harrison is a young adult thriller filled with nightmares and visions.
Nina has nightmares about a serial killer. To determine whether her visions are true, she decides to track the supposed killer and at the same time learn about her past. However her shocking discoveries hit close to home.
Librarians will find an audience of this psychological suspense among teens who enjoy a heart-pounding mystery. With lots of twists and turns, readers will be drawn into this fast-paced story.
To learn more about the author, go to
Published by Disney-Hyperion on July 12, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Website Review: Cagle

CAGLE is a comprehensive political cartoon website.
The Cartoon’s page features the latest political cartoons by a wide range of popular columnists.
The Blogs page traces the latest postings of popular cartoonists. These blog postings generally including cartoons.
The Featured Topics page explores issues currently in the news such as world conflicts, political candidates, natural disasters, and social issues related to politics around the world.
The Cartoonists page provides quick access to dozens of political cartoonists.
Librarians will find this website to be useful for a variety of classroom activities. Involve youth in comparing the cartoons on a particular topic or trace changes over time. Use the cartoons to kick off writing activities in government, history, and language arts classrooms.
To visit the website, go to

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Review: Presenting Buffalo Bill

PRESENTING BUFFALO BILL by Candace Fleming is an engaging biography exploring the myth and reality behind Buffalo Bill Cody’s life.
Fleming takes a fresh look at this “larger than life” historical figure by taking readers step-by-step through Buffalo Bill’s remarkable adventures. Through the use of primary source documents, the author carefully explains the truth behind the many lies connected with the Wild West legend providing varied perspectives along the way. Sensitive cultural issues are addressed, along with the dark side of his business ventures.
Fleming weaves photographs and other primary source documents throughout the text bringing the time period to life for young readers. Back matter includes a bibliography, source notes, and an index.
Librarians will find this middle-grade biography to be popular among children doing “people reports” as well as those who enjoy reading about famous historical figures. It would also be a good choice for children who aren’t interested in Presidents or other historical figures but need an interesting history topic.
Learn more about the author at
Published by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan on September 20, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Website Review: Lightyear.FM

LIGHTYEAR.FM takes users on a journey through space, time, and music.
This amazing immersive experience demonstrates how far radio broadcast waves have traveled from the Earth over the past century. The default option takes users backwards through time beginning in 2015. Users hear short segments from popular music as they speed away from the Earth in light years.
The interactive site allows students to select the distance from Earth as well as click on celestial objects.
Librarians will find this easy-to-use website a fascinating way to help students understand space, time, and human broadcast history. Pair the website with books that explore these topics.
To visit the website, go to

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: Too Many Moose

TOO MANY MOOSE by Lisa M. Bakos is an adorable picture book about a girl who mail-orders moose.
When Martha decides it would be fun to have a pet moose, she orders one through the mail. She soon decides that multiple moose would be even more fun.
Librarians will find children drawn to both the engaging illustrations as well as the fun alliteration. This humorous predictable book will be a hit with both teachers and children who enjoy the rhythm of repeated story elements.
To learn more about the author, go to
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on July 5, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.