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*Released April 2024

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*Released January 2024

"delightful book ... cheerful rhymes and bright, lively images ... Children will feel reassured by the book’s auspicious premise that no matter what’s occurred today, a brand-new tomorrow is inevitably on the horizon."

 Kirkus Reviews

*Released November 2023

*2023 CBC NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books

"With energy and elegance, author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Susan Reagan perfectly capture Vera’s lifelong love of the night sky and the role it played in helping us reimagine the cosmos, one packed with mysterious matter we cannot see.

— Ashley Yeager, Author of Bright Galaxies, Dark Matter and Beyond: The Life of Astronomer Vera Rubin


*Bulletin of the Center for Children's   Books Starred Review

*Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

*Chicago Public Library’s Best of the  Best List 2023

*Bulletin of the Center for Children's   Books 2023 Blue Ribbon title 

★ "Octopus fans will be enthusiasts will find inspiration in this accessible, fact-rich volume." —Publishers Weekly

★ "[An] absolute treat of a nonfiction picture book." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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*Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

*CA Reading Assoc. Eureka Silver award

*South Carolina Book Award nominee

*Kansas NEA Reading Circle  "Recommended" title

Discover how the amazing Dolly Parton stood up to the stage-fright bully and followed her dream!

"Free verse peppered with Southern dialect and colloquialisms reads like a ballad of Dolly Parton’s perseverance on her rise to stardom in this spirited picture book biography. Slade’s alliterative, rhythmic lines dynamically resonate with the book’s subject."Publishers Weekly

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*Popular SEL title!

One booktwo different stories! When you read the same lines both forward and backward, this thought-provoking book cleverly reveals that there's more than one way to think about someone who might seem "different" at first.

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*2023 NSTA Best STEM Books list 

*New York Public Library 2022 Best Books   for Kids list

*CBC'S Children's Favorites 2023 list

*Delaware Diamond Award list

*California Department of Education K-12   Recommended books list

"A respectful, important tribute

to an instrumental rocket scientist."

                          Kirkus Review

"For all biography shelves, especially those covering the early days of the space program. Morgan’s hardscrabble origins will inspire others to reach for the skies." SLJ

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*Kirkus Starred Review

*2022-23 KASL Kentucky Bluegrass Award

  Nominee Preschool

"Cozy, thought-provoking, and hypnotizing..." 

— Kirkus Starred Review


*Booklist Starred Review

*Texas Topaz Reading List

Mars like you've never seen it before! Breathtaking color photos, lyrical text, and sidebars with fascinating facts about Mars colossal craters, windswept dunes, ancient volcanoes, melting slabs of ice, and more.

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*2022 Illinois Reads Selection

*CA Reading Assoc. Eureka! Honor Award

*Chicago Public Library's 2021 "Best Info. Books for Younger Readers" list

*Midland Authors' Children’s Reading Round Table Children’s Nonfiction Award

*The incredible story of a brilliant student who couldn't afford college, yet became a famous virologist whose work is helping fight Covid-19!

"An adept profile of a lesser-known scientific luminary." Publishers Weekly

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*Junior Library Guild Selection

*2021 Notable Children's Book in the     Language Arts (NCTE)

*2021 Bank Street College of Educ.   Best Books of the Year list

*EPL 2020 "101 Great Books for Kids"

*2022 Texas Bluebonnet list

*2021-22 Arkansas Diamond Primary   Book Award nominee

*2023 Illinois Monarch Award nominee

*Louisiana Young Readers' Choice  Program

"Slade has done careful, thorough research, easily engaging young readers as they learn about the Globetrotters’ groundbreaking history." 

— Kirkus Review


*Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

*Coretta Scott King Honor Book

*School Library Journal Starred Review

*Horn Book Starred Review

*2021 Bank Street College of Education Best    Books of the Year list

*SLJ Best Books 2020

*Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

*Parent's Magazine: Best Books 2020

*2023 Illinois READS Selection

"The biography’s awestruck, reverent tone is matched by the gorgeous acrylic paintings." 

— SLJ Starred Review


*Kirkus, Starred Review

*2020 Outstanding Science Trade Books 

*2020 NSTA Best STEM Books list 

*2020 Bank Street College of Educ. Best      Books of the Year list

*2020-2021 Pennsylvania Young               Reader's Choice Award list

"An excellent way to introduce young readers to an African-American female mathematician who deserves to be remembered and celebrated."

— Kirkus Starred Review

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*Booklist Starred Review

*2019 PBS Youth Books List

*2020-2021 Pennsylvania Young Reader's       Choice Award list

*2020-2021 South Carolina Children's Book   Award nominee

*2022-2023 Land of Enchantment Book   Award nominee

"an essential purchase for elementary libraries. It is a good example of a nonfiction mentor text for figurative language and poetic style. A great read aloud ..."

— PSLA Teaching/Learning: Lit Review blog

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*Booklist Starred Review

*Publishers Weekly Starred Review

*School Library Journal Starred Review

*2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books

*2019 NSTA Best STEM Books list 

*2019 Bank Street College of Education’s     Best Children’s Books

*CA Reading Assoc. Eureka Gold winner

*2018 Junior Library Guild Selection

“Stunning… Truly out of this world. A must-buy for most poetry collections."

— SLJ Starred Review

*Brightly's Best Children's Books, March 2018

*PBS Books "Best Children's Picture Books of 2018"

"a great purchase for school and public library collections." School Library Journal

*Bank Street College of Educ. Best Books of the Year 

*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young   People

*CPL Best Info. Books for Younger Readers

*CBC "Book Power" Showcase

*W. Post "Books to Help Build Strong Girls"

“Slade tells the purposively inspiring story with a poetic flair … An attractive volume introducing an important American to young readers.” — Kirkus

"A stirring addition to any school or public library’s biography section." — School Library Journal

*Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students

*Amelia Bloomer Recommended List

*Green Earth Book Award Honor Winner 

*Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA)

*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award

"An inspirational must-read for budding scientists and those who teach them." - Kirkus Starred Review

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*Junior Library Guild Selection

*Booklist Editors' Top 10 Arts Books for Youth

*CA Reading Assoc. Eureka! Gold Award

*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books   for Young Readers

*Parents' Choice Gold Award

*Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers

*Bank Street College of Educ. Best Books of   the Year

*Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illus.

*Four Starred Reviews - Kirkus, SLJ,   Booklist, & Publishers Weekly


"Bravo!" - Kirkus Starred Review     

*NSTA Best STEM Books List

*NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book


*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 

*Ag in the Classroom Featured Book

"... a rewarding look at the importance of persistence, as well as the friendship that developed between these prominent inventors." - Publishers Weekly

*Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Multicultural Book List Selection

*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award

*2015 Green Prize

 "... this true story celebrates both the value of teamwork and a triumph of ingenious recycling. A likely hit with young eco-activists." - Kirkus Review

*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers

*Starred Review - Publishers Weekly

*Amelia Bloomer Recommended Titles List

*Reading Rainbow Black History Month Selection

"This biographical gem places the spotlight on a friendship far ahead of its time." - Kirkus

*Starred Review, Library Media Connection

 "Students need to hear this uplifting story of building character and overcoming hardships through determination and hard work." - Library Media Connection


"This picture book brings the tale to light accessibly and engagingly. Readers will enjoy this title, and it will easily tie in to school units as an enticing read-aloud." - Publishers Weekly

*Paterson Prize for Books for Young People

*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers

*Scholastic School Book Fair Selection

"This attractive, accessible title uses the Lincoln Memorial as a vehicle to outline the history of the Civil Rights Movement ... clear, descriptive prose ... Bootman's realistic watercolor spreads are striking." - School Library Journal

*Teacher's Choice Children's Book Award

"Slade's rhymes are refreshingly successful ... This cheerful package delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes ... a fun introduction to early math skills and basic animal facts." - School Library Journal

"Slade slyly sneaks in some great vocabulary ... a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs." - Kirkus Review

"This beautifully illustrated, rhythmic book uses insects and their body parts to teach the beginnings of multiplication. A perfect way to cross the disciplines of math and science in a fun, picture book way." Library Media Connection

*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award


"With a rhythm and rhyme that never falter, Slade offers readers insect-themed word problems ... Hunter, with specialties in entomological and botanical illustration, truly makes the text come alive." - Kirkus REview

*Literary Classics Gold Award

"On each spread of this clever picture book, a rhyming verse introduces the collective noun for a particular type of animal and then asks readers how many would be in each type of "bale", "mob", etc. ... a solid resource for science, and language-arts lessons." - School Library Journal

"While many picture books feature animals sleeping, this book takes the concept a step further. The calming and peaceful text winds down to a "good night, sleep tight" conclusion with a little boy tucked into bed.  The lush full-color illustrations continue the soothing effect of the text ... just enough factual and interesting information to keep young minds engaged .." - Kirkus 

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