Welcome, one and all, to the Animalium (Big Picture Press, $35), a marvelously rich and enchanting Natural History Museum of a book. Presenting different species and subspecies of animals in the same meanderingly linear manner that one might find wandering through exhibits at a museum, Jenny Broom’s new animal encyclopedia is engagingly original. Illustrator Katie Scott’s art is strikingly gorgeous and layered, and scientific in its detail. Bursting with facts that range from the general to the more obscure, this is a book that demands and deserves hours upon hours of attention.  Ages 8-12. CEB

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By Jenny Broom, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675080
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Published: Big Picture Press - September 9th, 2014

Environmental degradation and climate change pose one of the biggest threats to humanity today, but the issues are complex and often confusing, making it difficult to know how to take meaningful action against such large problems. In Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines (Candlewick, $17.99), Paul Fleischman presents the environmental issues we are confronting in a manageable way, explaining the dangers they pose, and offering a variety of ways to make a difference. The unintimidating language and conversational tone make his writing approachable without over-simplifying the issues at stake, making this a great resource both for those new to the topic and those with some science background. Ages 14-18. CEB

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By Paul Fleischman, Various (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick - September 23rd, 2014

Think birds make sound only with tweets and chirps? Think again. Some birds trill by rubbing their feathers. Melissa Stewart’s Feathers: Not Just for Flying (Charlesbridge, $17.95) compiles an array of facts intriguing enough to make ornithologists of the most science-averse readers. Sarah Brannen’s detailed watercolors softly tease out every ridge, hue, and wisp of the dozens of featured feathers. Together, the illustrations and text create analogies between the versatile work of feathers and various human inventions, from kayaks to parasols. The book is nearly as versatile as the feathers it describes: it’s well suited to early elementary classroom exploration, a summer hike, or an afternoon spent daydreaming near the window, watching the action in the trees. Ages 4-7. Amy Dickinson

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By Melissa Stewart, Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580894319
Availability: Backordered
Published: Charlesbridge - February 25th, 2014