Oil is the black sludge that bubbles up from below the earth’s surface and runs our lives. This natural resource makes our cars move, heats our homes, and sends us to war – because we’re running out. In BLACK GOLD: The Story of Oil in Our Lives (Knopf, $19.99), Albert Marrin describes everything from how oil was created and discovered to its impact on politics to the havoc it is wreaking on the environment. Explore the intersection of science and society with this history of our world’s most important, and most fleeting, resource. Ages 13-18. DMC
Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375866739
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

Have you ever wondered why birds can be such talented musicians or perform elaborate, sometimes comical, mating dances? Why some birds have brightly colored feathers while others are masters of camouflage? How penguin parents find their chicks among thousands of others that look exactly the same? In BIRD TALK (Flash Point, $17.99), Lita Judge answers these complex questions. Judge’s skillful illustrations make each bird fly off the page with life and personality, giving readers a true sense of what it must be like to see these stunning creatures in the natural world. Ages 5-9. DR
Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why Cover Image
By Lita Judge, Lita Judge (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596436466
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flash Point - March 13th, 2012

Bryan Collier brilliantly illustrates Langston Hughes’s classic poem in this edition of I, TOO, AM AMERICA (Simon & Schuster, $16.99). Collier’s gorgeous collages of oil paint and cut paper visually explain the history of African Americans who worked as Pullman porters on luxury trains. The bold spreads show wide open cotton fields, railway cars strewn with old newspapers, and the faces of African American men at work in one of the first jobs that offered them security. Collier shares his interpretation of the poem in a closing illustrator’s note, but his artwork speaks for itself. Ages 5-10. DMC
I, Too, Am America Cover Image
By Langston Hughes, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442420083
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2012

Pages