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Kar-Ben Publishing Receives Sydney Taylor Honor and Notable Commendation by the Association of Jewish Libraries

The virtual American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter concludes with the Youth Media Awards, and Kar-Ben has received two commendations from the Sydney Taylor Book Awards! Awarded annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries, a division of the ALA, these awards are given to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. View →

 

Miriam at the River and Beni’s War from Kar-Ben Publishing® Receive Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Awards

Miriam at the River, a picture book written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Khoa Le, and Beni’s War, a middle-grade novel by Tammar Stein, have been named named a Sydney Taylor Honor Book and Sydney Taylor Notable Book, respectively. View →

 

Coronavirus Round Up

New books and key backlist explaining the coronavirus for all ages. View →

 

Picture Books about Trauma and Recovery

How do we prepare our children for hard times? And how do we help them recover from trauma? As a parent, I don’t like to think about my children–or any children–experiencing bad things. Many of the picture books in our home prompt smiles, spark curiosity, and inspire empathy. Yet children also need books that gently, respectfully tell them the truth about difficult experiences and offer them tools that might help as they navigate their own difficult times. And honestly, these books do not speak only to children. The following books have something to offer us all. View →

 

Audisee eBooks with Audio Continue to Delight and Educate

As many schools continue to meet virtually in 2021, Lerner Digital products are prepared to encourage learning in multiple formats and multiple locations. The latest additions to our Audisee list cover a wide range of curricular and high-interest topics; combined with the flexibility of digital formats, they’re sure to fit your needs at home, school, and in-between. Let’s take a look! View →

 

Civics Round-Up

With the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States scheduled for next week, as well as the unprecedented events we’ve seen in our country in 2021, we’ve rounded up some important social studies titles on civics, government, and history to help you provide context to your students. View →

 

Introducing: The Fight for Black Rights

Examine the struggle for justice for Black Americans, from voter suppression and the controversy over Confederate monuments to the protests against police brutality and racially motivated violence. Gain historical and current context to understand why the fight for Black rights continues today, through our brand-new series The Fight for Black Rights (Alternator Books®) View →

 

How To Do It Now Because It’s Not Going Away: On-Demand Study Skills Webinar for Educators

Whether your students are learning remotely or in-person, their study skills almost certainly need help. Learning to overcome procrastination is not just a study skill, it’s a life skill – and Leslie Josel is here to help. View →

 

Spur a Consent Conversation with New Tween Nonfiction #MeToo and You by Halley Bondy

Coming this spring from Zest Books™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, #MeToo and You: Everything You Need to Know about Consent, Boundaries, and More by Halley Bondy delves into the nuances of emotions, comfort, and discomfort in platonic, sexually charged, and emotionally abusive situations. View →

 

Happy Book Birthday: New Picture Books, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Check out January new releases from Lerner Publishing Group! View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Karen Latchana Kenney

On the final stop of this year’s 5 Kinds of Nonfiction tour, we visit Karen Latchana Kenney and her latest YA title Folding Tech: Using Origami and Nature to Revolutionize Technology. Researchers use folding technologies to create everything from nanobots to telescope lenses that unfold to the size of a soccer field. The engineers behind these inventions take inspiration from an unusual source—origami! This book examines how the ancient art intersects with STEM. Keep reading to learn more about Karen’s writing process, Expository Literature, and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Blake Hoena

Graphic novels are some of the most popular stories for young readers, and graphic nonfiction is no exception. Today we visit the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction with author Blake Hoena. His most recent graphic novel series, Athletes Who Made a Difference, follows four legendary sports heroes from their early years to pro careers. Through grit, leadership, and resistance these individuals were able to change the world around them. Read on to discover how the graphic novel format is perfect for these athletes’ stories and to learn more about Narrative Nonfiction. View →

 

The Stars of the Show: Top Titles of 2020

Studded with starred reviews and awards, this list of books from Lerner Publishing Group is the cream of the crop! Check out our best titles from 2020. View →

 

New #OwnVoices Picture Book CLASSIFIED by Traci Sorell Tells the Inspiring True Story of “Hidden Figure” Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

Coming this spring from Millbrook Press™ an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by award-winning Cherokee author Traci Sorell and acclaimed Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan traces Ross's journey from being the only girl in her high school math class to becoming an accomplished engineer and leader. View →

 

A World of Hands-On STEM Discovery: Active Nonfiction

What can kids learn by dropping bouncy balls into a container filled with flour? This simple activity brings the formation of craters to life for kids. As they try balls of different sizes, they see science in action and add to the information they know about the world around them. View →

 

Guest Post: Patricia Newman

By Patricia Newman, Sibert Honor-winning author of Sea Otter Heroes, Plastic Ahoy!, Eavesdropping on Elephants, Planet Ocean, and many other books View →

 

New #OwnVoices Picture Book UNSPEAKABLE from Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper Reveals the Forgotten History of the Tulsa Race Massacre

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper shed light on the untold story of Black Wall Street in Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, coming this spring from Carolrhoda Books®, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™. View →

 

Bionic Beasts Author Interview with Jolene Gutiérrez

By Carol Hinz, editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books I still recall how excited I was when I read Jolene Gutiérrez’s initial idea for the book Bionic Beasts. I don’t often see middle grade nonfiction that brings together engineering and biology in this way. Bionic Beasts highlights the innovation and problem-solving skills people around the globe are using to build prosthetic body parts for animals including a sea turtle, an elephant, and a goose. Jolene was kind enough to answer several questions about her book. View →

 

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom writes series nonfiction for Lerner, including the Bumba Books Discover Your Senses series. These fall into the Traditional Nonfiction category in Melissa Stewart’s 5 Kinds of Nonfiction framework. Read on to learn about how Candice does her research and writing, and more about Traditional Nonfiction and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

Librarian Prep Post for February

December is here, which means 2020 is on its way out the door. Discover books for February now! View →

 

Taking Readers on a Science Adventure: Narrative Nonfiction

Today we explore Narrative Nonfiction with Kate Messner, author of Tracking Pythons: The Quest to Catch an Invasive Predator and Save an Ecosystem. This engaging middle-grade nonfiction takes a deep dive into the science of pythons and their role as invasive predators. Keep reading to learn more about how Kate began her adventure in the Florida wetlands, and about Narrative Nonfiction and the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction. View →

 

New Young Adult Book WHEN DOGS HEAL Offers a Unique Portrait of HIV Infused with a Deep Message of Hope

Coming this spring from Zest Books™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, When Dogs Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them illustrates a refreshing, beautiful, and totally unique portrait of HIV infused with a deep message of hope for young adults. View →

 

Titles You Might Have Missed This Fall

Here’s a roundup of some delightful titles that we don’t want you to miss! View →

 

Animals Eat What?: Disgusting Meals in Bite-Size Pieces (Browseable Nonfiction)

This spring, Lerner Publications launched the browseable nonfiction series Animals Eat What? This series takes a look at the nasty and unusual elements of animal diets, and fits into the browseable category of Melissa Stewart’s Five Kinds of Nonfiction. Read on to learn more about these awesomely disgusting books, and the just-plain-awesomeness of browseable nonfiction. View →