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May 14, 2010

Discover newly published books for young readers

NBFYR2010Thumb.jpgThe 2010 edition of New Books for Young Readers is now available. Read reviews of the best books published in 2009 for readers from preschool through high school ages. Looking for books to use in the classroom? A just-right selection for a child? Detailed descriptions of books for every reader and every purpose are included.

Use the online search engine to find books from the last decade by a favorite author or illustrator, such as Jane Yolen or Ed Young; books in a particular genre, such as informational science or historical fiction; books by reading level from preschool to adolescent readers; books by culture or area in the world, such as Korean-American or Eastern Africa; or books by key word, such as slavery or elephants.

Download the 2010 edition of New Books for Young Readers [PDF]

New Books for Young Readers is supported by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; the Julie M. Jensen Endowment for Language Arts Education, honoring Professors Naomi C. Chase and Robert Dykstra; and by all the trade book publishers who send their books for our consideration; Rebecca Rapport, editor.

September 24, 2009

Celebrate Book Week with 2009 Caldecott Award Author Susan Marie Swanson

Susan Marie Swanson
Celebrate Book Week 2009 with Susan Marie Swanson, the author of The House In The Night, The 2009 Caldecott Award Book.

Book Week activities take place October 13 - 15, 2009

Book display, Andersen Library Atrium [map]
noon to 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 13
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 14
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, October 15

Review of new books, Willey Hall Auditorium [map]
4 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 13
Appetizers* from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Evening lecture,* Willey Hall Auditorium [map]
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 13

* $15 charge for appetizers and/or lecture
Please send checks made out to the University of Minnesota to Cathy Zemke, Peik Hall, 159 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.

August 29, 2009

NBFYR Book Review: T-Minus: The Race to the Moon

Book cover for T-Minus: The Race to the MoonRebecca Rapport, Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), editor of the journal New Books for Young Readers, shares a review of T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani, Kevin Cannon (Illustrator), Zander Cannon (Illustrator) (Aladdin. 2009. 124 pages. $12.99. Informational Science. Intermediate/Adolescent. Multicultural. 1416949607).

Readers interested in the Cold War history of the space race between the Russians and the Americans will be fascinated by this fictionalized, historical graphic novel about all the people involved in the herculean effort to land a man on the moon. The use of the T-Minus countdown device, beginning in 1957 with "T-MINUS 12 YEARS" and ending with "T-PLUS..." after the Apollo 11 mission, is quite effective in giving readers a sense of how much time passes between dramatic events.

The side columns listing failure after failure of both countries, and the deaths of some astronauts due to these unsuccessful missions and tests, reinforce the danger and the determination of those involved. The behind-the-scenes look at all the arguments over the decisions that are made also highlights the respect the scientists on both sides had for each other. The Soviet and American missions presented make this an intriguing and balanced look at what happened when President Kennedy declared that the U.S. would have a man on the moon within the decade. A glossary on the front and back covers is quite helpful; a page entitled "Did All of This Really Happen?" includes added information and resources for those readers who need to know more.

Looking for a book for a young reader? See a list of current books or do an advanced search. See also Book Week, October 13-15, 2009.