Sea Turtle Scientist
by Stephen R. Swinburne
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR
Scientist Kimberly Stewart leads the fascinating study of the life cycle and behavioral habits of an ancient and endangered species and explores the efforts to save them. Explicit, vivid photos. (9-13)
Our Young Reviewers say:
We liked the pictures and photographs – especially the one that showed all the turtles, how they are endangered and what we can do to help them. Also, we enjoyed how kids are learning about the conservation of the turtles as well as how they survive. Scientists study the turtles without affecting them.
– Wesley, Age 16 & Tristan, Age 15, Wilmington, NC
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Many thanks to Children’s Librarian Allie Bruce for sharing her 2014 Bank Street summer reading lists. They include her tips for making summer reading a non-chore and have already been scooped up by eager parents, students, teachers, and faculty. So print, share, and most importantly enjoy!
The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014 Edition includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2013. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes. Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole. To learn more about the process, please see our Review Guidelines.
by Susan Kuklin
Six teens come out as transgender. They speak of problems–social and familial–and the pleasure in being who they are. Photographs show changes.
Our Young Reviewer says:
The modern civil rights movement has expanded to fight for the rights of people with different sexual preferences and identities; Beyond Magenta addresses the transgender part of the movement. The book presents six stories—told through annotated transcripts of interviews—of courageous and articulate transgender teenagers. Through these intriguing stories, the book provides interesting details about and insights into the experiences of teenagers with gender-identity issues. Rather than relying on clinical language, Kuklin uses transgenders’ own thoughts and feelings to define transgender and to explore the problems they face—such as being trapped in an alien body, being rejected by family and friends, and enduring extensive physical and psychological bullying—and their solutions.
– Foster, Age 14, Anchorage, AK
by David Klass
Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
When chess teammates invite a novice player to a father-son weekend tournament, he discovers his father’s dark secret and much more.
Our young reviewer says:
Last year during seventh grade, every day I played chess against one kid. Each day was a new game and with each game both I and my opponent improved. Having this knowledge of the game of chess helped me to understand Grandmaster more in depth. That was the part of Grandmaster that was really special and the thing that appealed most to me. I spent a year playing chess, and now having a book that revolves around chess made me relate and feel like I was a part of the book. The part of the book that I didn’t like was the way that David Klass tried to weave in romance. It didn’t really fit with all the themes and events. The book as a whole would have been better without the extra storyline.
-Adam, Age 14, Highland Park, NJ