January 2020 Investigate the World

Books of the Month

Text copyright © 2018 by Katherine Gardner. Illustrations copyright © 2018 by Heidi Smith. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth

By Kate Gardner; illustrated by Heidi Smith (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Learn more about awe-inspiring animals in the wild: it’s best not to judge a beast until you understand its full, lovely life.


Animals, Elementary

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The Parker Inheritance

By Varian Johnson (Arthur A. Levine Books)

Candace sets out to find the treasure her grandmother searched for and expose an injustice committed against an African American family.

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By Lamar Giles (Scholastic Press)

Two African-American teens find themselves working together to solve the murder of a mutual friend, Paris Secord, aka DJ ParSec.

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Reading and Literacy in January