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April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: When I Read Your Junior Guild Books
Written By Deborah B. Ford

"If you look upon books as friends, your whole life will be richer. Even when you are feeling sad about what is happening, if you have a book to read, you can visit some fascinating spot, you can fly off into the world of imagination, or you can meet new people and grow to understand new conditions." Eleanor Roosevelt, 1942.

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April 07, 2014

Here’s the map of book locations for JLG’s Spring Warehouse Sale.
Written By Jeanette Rivard

All books just $5 each; Hundreds of titles available, including award-winners; Most books are hardcover with either library or reinforced trade binding; All are JLG selections

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March 31, 2014

Fantasy Fiction: Classroom Ready Ideas
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Last weekend at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art NESCBWI sponsored a one day program on using children's books in the classroom. (Are you a member of your regional SCBWI? You, too, could attend programs like these in your own community.) Among the sessions was an author panel: "From Creative Process to Curriculum Connections." Teaching ideas on recent releases were presented. With kind and gracious permission, I will be posting these in the next few days. Remember that you can use the tag search to the right to locate these and related posts after they leave our home page.

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March 28, 2014

Keep Calm and Call Batman
Written By Deborah B. Ford

While working on a new Books for Boys workshop, I bumped into an email conversation with Marc Tyler Nobleman. He's the author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. I remember being livid that Bill Finger never received recognition about his part in the creation of the only superhero with no supernatural powers. (I mean think about it― no flying, no invisibility shield, no other-worldly attributes. Instead he was smart. He invented things. He had a real job.)

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March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursdays @ JLG
Written By Deborah B. Ford

"I love detective and murder stories, but I do not like 'goody goody' stories with helpful endings," wrote Bertina H. of Canford, NJ in June 1929. Even from the beginning kids loved JLG.

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March 11, 2014

Really?! No Way!: Fact Sharing in Top Nonfiction
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Another form of gushing is Fact Sharing. Let's face it. Sometimes you read something so amazing you have to tell everyone. (Remember the time I read Unusual Creatures and learned wombats poop square?)

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March 04, 2014

Gushing Allowed
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Now that my SLJ column is booktalk-oriented, there's really no room for gushing. You know. Those books you love, love, love and it spills over into your reviews? It occurred to me that the blog is the perfect place for gushing. So look for those posts as I discover the books for which I'm most passionate. I'll tell you why and you can take it from there.

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March 03, 2014

A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small
Written By Deborah B. Ford

It's the 17th Annual NEA's Read Across America Day, celebrating the work of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. Schools everywhere are eating green eggs and ham, speaking in rhyme, and sharing the joy of reading.

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February 24, 2014

JLG Conferences: Update
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Conferences are a great opportunity to meet you. Junior Library Guild is an active supporter of academic conferences throughout the United States. They give us a chance to meet with you face-to-face and learn how we can better serve the library community. When you see us at a conference, please stop by to chat, browse the latest books, hear about what's new or upcoming, and tell us how we're doing.

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January 27, 2014

Have That! Read That!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

What's that persistent remark? "Have that. Have that'" her neighbor said at the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements. Those of you with JLG subscriptions are sitting back now with a smile on your face. You either already have it or you can get it on the backlist at a brilliant price (if we still have copies).

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