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Evaluation and Selection

About Evaluation and Selection of Instructional Materials and Library Books

Evaluation and Selection serves as a coordinating unit for the evaluation of instructional materials and library books by professional staff. These materials support the curriculum and instructional strategies in the schools to meet the diverse learning needs of students.

What Evaluation and Selection Does

  • Coordinates the evaluation of instructional materials and library books for school purchase.
  • Coordinates the evaluation of content area textbooks for school purchase.
  • Maintains a reading room where library media professional staff may review materials prior to selection for use in schools.
  • Maintains the 30-day shelf for examination of newly approved textbooks.
  • Maintains a collection of collection development and evaluation tools to support library media professional staff.
  • Provides guidance for weeding library collections.
  • Facilitates collection development meetings for library media professional staff for the review and evaluation of library books and instructional materials.
  • Selects initial collections for new schools.
  • Secures the appointment of an ad hoc evaluation committee to reevaluate materials whose appropriateness has been questioned by parents or staff of the school community.

Textbook review: 30-day Shelf

The following textbooks are under review:


On the 30 day shelf until September  5, 2022

Uncle Bobby's Wedding, ISBN # 9781499810080, Sarah Brannen, Little Bee Books, 2020, Grade Pre-K-5.

Intersection Allies, ISBN # 9781948340083, Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council and Carolyn Choi, Dottier Press, 2019, Grades K-5.

On the 30 day shelf until September  8, 2022

CompTIA Network+ Guide to Networks, ISBN # 9780357709580 (ebook), Jill West, Cengage, 2022, Grades 10-12.

Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, Strings (all instruments), ISBN # 9781622771820, Scott Rush & Christopher Selby, GIA Music, 2017, Grades 6-9.

Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, Band (all instruments), ISBN # 9781622772759, Rush, Wilkinson, Scott, Moon, Boyle, GIA Music, 2015, Grades 6-9.

On the 30 day shelf until September  30, 2022

My Beloved World, ISBN # 9780345804839, Sonia Sotomayor, Vintage Books, 2013, Grade 11.

On the 30 day shelf until October  1, 2022

Fundamentals of Building Construction, Materials and Methods (7th Edition), ISBN # 9781119446194, Edward Allen & Joseph Iano, John Wiley and Sons Publishing, 2019, Grades 11-12.

On the 30 day shelf until October  5, 2022

Odyssey, ISBN # 9780393356250, Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson, W.W. Norton & Co., 2018, Grade 10.

Norton Guide to AP Literature and Composition, ISBN # 9780393886412, W.W. Norton and Co., 2022, Grade 12.

All the Light We Cannot See, ISBN # 9781501173219, Anthony Doerr, Scribner, 2014, Grades 11-12.

On the 30 day shelf until October 8, 2022

My Maddy, ISBN # 9781433830440, Gayle Pitman, Magination Press, 2020, Grade Pre-K-1.

Born Ready: The True Story of a Boy Named Penelope, ISBN # 9780593123638, Jodie Patterson, Crown Books, 2021, Grades Pre-K-5.

Prince & Knight, ISBN # 9781499805529, Daniel Haack, Little Bee Books, 2018, Grades Pre-K-5.

Pride Puppy, ISBN # 9781459824843, Robin Stevenson, Orca Book Publishers, 2021, Grades Pre-K-5.

Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution, ISBN # 9781787755307, Joy Michael Ellison, Jessica Kingsley Pub., 2021, Grades Pre-K-5.

Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle, ISBN # 9781536211511, Nina LaCour, Candlewick Press, 2022, Grades Pre-K-1.

Bathe the Cat, ISBN # 9781452142708, Alice McGinty, Chronicle Books, 2021, Grades Pre-K-1.

On the 30 day shelf until October 12, 2022

Fundamentals of Residential Construction, ISBN # 9781119811565, Edward Allen, Alexander Schreyer, Rob Thallon, Wiley, 2022, Grades 11-12.

On the 30 day shelf until October 14, 2022

Mythology Book, ISBN # 9781465473370, DK Publishing, 2018, Grades 10-12.

Station Eleven: A Novel, ISBN # 9780804172448, Emily St. John Mandel, Vintage Books, 2014, Grade 12.

 On the 30 day shelf until October 19, 2022

AP Environmental Science, ISBN # 9781988566320, Richard Allen, Biozone International Ltd., 2020, Grades 11-12.

On the 30 day shelf until October 26, 2022

Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film, ISBN # 9780393885835, Dave Monahan & Richard Barsam, W.W. Norton & Co, 2021, Grades 9-12.

Elements of Style Illustrated, ISBN # 9780143112723, William Strunk & E.B. White, Penguin Books, 2007, Grades 11-12.

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, ISBN # 9781501109799, Robert Cialdini, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2016, Grades 11-12.

Aim for the Heart, 3rd Edition, ISBN # 9781506315256, Al Tompkins, Sage Publications, 2018, Grades 11-12.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, ISBN # 9781400064281, Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Random House Books, 2007, Grades 11-12.

Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers, ISBN # 9781982165444, Chip Heath & Karla Starr, Avid Reader Press, 2022, Grades 11-12.

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck, ISBN # 9780761163237, Steve Stockman, Workman Publishing, 2011, Grades 11-12.

Graphic Design for Everyone: Understand the Building Blocks So You Can Do It Yourself, ISBN # 9781465481801, Johnny Belknap, Jamie Sanchez Hearn, Emily Wood, Julia Woollams, DK Publishing, 2019, Grades 9-12.

How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times, ISBN # 9780316204323, Roy Peter Clark, Little, Brown and Co., 2013, Grades 9-12. 

Getting Your Shot: Stunning Photos, How-to Tips, and Endless Inspiration From the Pros, ISBN # 9781426215346, National Geographic Society, 2015, Grades 9-12.

Red Marketing: The Three Ingredients of Leading Brands, ISBN # 9781400223299, Greg Creed & Ken Muench, HarperCollins, 2021, Grades 9-12.

Likeable Social Media, 3rd Edition, ISBN # 9780071836326, Dave Kerpen, Michelle Greenbaum & Robert Berk, McGraw Hill Education, 2015, Grades 9-12.

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, ISBN # 9781250103505, Kim Scott, St. Martin's Press, 2017, Grades 11-12.


Newly approved textbooks will remain in the Evaluation and Selection Unit for 30 calendar days to permit examination by professional staff and parents before school orders will be honored.