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Odd Bods

Odd Bods 

One of my favorite non­fic­tion pic­ture books so far this year is Odd Bods: the World’s Unusu­al Ani­mals by Julie Mur­phy. Here’s a brief descrip­tion: Long snouts, bright-red lips, pointy heads … the ani­mal king­dom is full of crit­ters with unique fea­tures. Learn about the incred­i­ble adap­ta­tions that help these ani­mals – and their odd bods – sur­vive and thrive

Crossings

Crossings 

Why do I love this expos­i­to­ry lit­er­a­ture book so much? Because it clev­er­ly com­bines envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and engi­neer­ing in a way that’s bound to engage a broad audi­ence of young readers.

No Way, They Were Gay?

No Way, They Were Gay? 

Why do I love this book so much? Because Wind does a phe­nom­e­nal job of weav­ing togeth­er excerpts from a diverse array of pri­ma­ry source mate­ri­als to reassess the sex­u­al and gen­der iden­ti­ties of a dozen famous and less­er-known fig­ures from the past. 

Go for the Moon

The Apollo Missions 

The fifti­eth anniver­sary of the Apol­lo 11 moon land­ing in July 2019 inspired many new books along with some updates and reis­sues of exist­ing titles. For those who haven’t had the chance to look at all the pos­si­bil­i­ties, let me intro­duce you to a few.

Hedy Lamarr's Double Life

Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life 

One of my favorite STEM-themed pic­ture book biogra­phies is Hedy Lamarr’s Dou­ble Life: Hol­ly­wood Leg­end and Bril­liant Inven­tor by Lau­rie Wall­mark and Katy Wu. Here’s a brief descrip­tion: To her ador­ing pub­lic, Hedy Lamarr was a glam­orous movie star, wide­ly con­sid­ered the most beau­ti­ful woman in the world. But in pri­vate, she was a bril­liant inven­tor. Dur­ing World War

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