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2017 Lasting Connections

Published each January in Book Links, this is a partner list to Booklist’s Books for Youth Editors’ Choice selections. “Lasting Connections” highlights our top 30 choices for the K–8 classroom, all published in the previous year and all selected for their natural connections across the curriculum and to the Common Core State and Next Generation Science Standards.

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      Miguel y su valiente caballero: El joven Cervantes sueña a don Quijote (Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote)

      by Magarita Engle

      May 2018

      Spanish Elementary

      Language Arts
      This fictionalized first-person biography in verse of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra follows the early years of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Historical and biographical notes. Full-color illustrations rendered in pen and ink and watercolor.

      Before She Was Harriet

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Social Studies
      An evocative poem and richly colored paintings celebrate the diverse accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, as revealed by her many names.

      Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

      by Marc Harshman

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Science
      In Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a home unlike any other perches atop a waterfall.This is Fallingwater, a masterpiece equally informed by meticulous research and unbounded imagination, designed by the lauded American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

      Gorilla Dawn

      by Gill Lewis

      May 2017

      Advanced Readers Plus

      Social Studies
      Two children captured by a band of rebel soldiers in the Congo vow to protect an orphaned gorilla baby in this powerful, thought-provoking, and vividly compelling novel. Letter from the author. Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Secret Project

      by Jonah Winter

      Mar 2017

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Social Studies
      Mother-son team Jonah and Jeanette Winter bring to life one of the most secretive scientific projects in history—the creation of the atomic bomb—in this powerful and moving picture book. Author's note. Further reading. Full-color illustrations.
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