THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES by Joyce Sidman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An exceptionally crafted visual biography of a pioneering entomologist and naturalist who lived a life devoted to discovery. (glossary, timeline, source notes, bibliography, further reading) (Biography. 9-12)"
The remarkable contributions of Maria Sibylla Merian, a 17th-century self-taught artist and the first person to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly, are not as well-known as those of John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, and Carl Linnaeus, but her discoveries preceded and influenced those later naturalists. Read full book review >
THE BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR by Sonia Sotomayor
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Adapted from her memoir for adults, My Beloved World (2013), in the hope of inspiring children to dream even the dreams they cannot at first imagine, this book should thoroughly achieve that goal. A must read. (glossary, Supreme Court overview) (Memoir. 10-18)"
The memoir of a woman who rose from the housing projects in New York City's South Bronx to become the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Read full book review >

CAPSIZED! by Patricia Sutton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2018

"A true disaster story rivetingly told. (maps, photo, diagrams, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
On the morning of July 24, 1915, the 2,500 passengers aboard the excursion ship SS Eastland were looking forward to a pleasant outing at a Lake Michigan destination but instead found disaster. Read full book review >
LOOK AT THE WEATHER by Britta Teckentrup
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2018

"An immersive, inviting mix of appealing art and information. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
A visual compendium of weather phenomena offers some scientific explanations along with more personal reflections. Read full book review >
CAMP PANDA by Catherine Thimmesh
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A timely, uplifting story. (photos, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Deforestation, poaching, pollution, human overpopulation, and climate change have severely damaged the habitats and population of giant pandas in their native China, but government-supported conservation efforts are helping bring back a species that is considered a national treasure. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE by Christina Uss
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2018

"Readers will eagerly join Bicycle and 'pedal headfirst' into this terrific adventure, which is chock-full of heart and humor. (map) (Fabulism. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Bicycle secretly takes off from Washington, D.C., on her steadfast bike, Clunk, and heads to San Francisco by herself to find her bike-racing hero, Zbig—and, hopefully, her first real friend. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A deeply patriotic look at how immigrants' application of the American ideals of hard work and perseverance can have lasting effects. (authors' note, illustrator's note) (Collective biography. 8-12)"
The Wallaces and Nowicka take a look at the first members of families who immigrated to the United States and the impacts they have had on our lives and country through minibiographies and bright, illustrated portraits. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF SPELLS by Garret Weyr
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2018

"Extraordinary—not to be missed. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Set primarily in Vienna, this middle-grade novel explores themes of honor and courage as it tells the story of a friendship between a young girl and a dragon. Read full book review >