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January 24, 2017

27 JLG Selections were awarded 31 ALA Youth Media Awards in 2017!
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Congratulations to all the 2017 ALA YMA Award winners! Did you know that long before these titles became award-winners, JLG's expert editorial team selected them to represent the best-of-the-best children’s and young adult books as #JLGSelections! That’s why we are so proud to offer these award winners to you. Only JLG picks the very best for your library!

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December 21, 2016

Best STEM Books 2016 @NSTA
Written By Deborah B. Ford

'Tis the season for announcing all manner of booklists. The National Science Teachers Association released its Notable Trade Booklist and this year they present, Best STEM books. According to readers and publishers, interest in such a list has been "off the charts."

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December 20, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Using Video in Social Media
Written By Deborah B. Ford

You can teach an old dog new tricks! Woof! Woof! Yesterday Kayleigh and I played around with video on social media. It was Christmas sweater day, so I brought out my Mrs. Claus outfit. Nostalgic for winter booktalks with my kids, I did my first Facebook Live. How hard was it to shoot live?

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December 13, 2016

Going to Prison
Written By Deborah B. Ford

That's right. I'm going to prison. I've got one more trip to make this year and it's to a correctional institution. The inmates are young men, aged 18-21. Before they are released, they must also complete their GED. I'll be working with their teachers, providing resources for differentiation, lesson plans, and other resources. Offline. Yes. Offline.

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December 12, 2016

Webcast Recap: Silly and Somber: Books for Spring 2017 From the JLG Webinar Series
Written By Deborah B. Ford

While the rest of the world is wagering guesses on ALA Awards, the JLG Team is busy working on 2017. Today Susan Marston and I talked about some of the titles on deck for spring 2017. With an early trend of silly and somber, we chatted about a modern day Lord of the Flies, a graphic novel memoir, and a wordless book with words.

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December 07, 2016

What Makes a Good Picture Book?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Do you remember when The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic, 2007) won the medal? I recall being both delighted and shocked that a 500-plus-page novel could win a picture book award. After a little investigation, I learned that the Caldecott (like the Newbery) considers books for readers through age fourteen. Length of book is not a factor. Instead, a "picture book for children" is defined by the committee as something distinct from other books that have illustrations—it's one that "essentially provides the child with a visual experience."

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November 10, 2016

Webcast Recap: Fall Debut Class of 2016
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about some of the fall debut titles for readers of all ages. From a house that needs help, an at-risk boy on a polo pony and a compelling memoir of the childhood of a North Korean boy, your readers will hope that these debut stories are just the beginning of the work we will see in the future from the fall debut class of 2016.

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November 01, 2016

Webcast Recap: New Books by Favorite Authors From the JLG Webinar Series
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On today's webcast I chatted with Sara Pennypacker, Barbara O'Connor, and Candace Fleming. From a giant squid, to a girl who makes the same silent wish every day, and new characters for independent readers, these new books from authors you know and love will fly off the shelves.

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October 27, 2016

9 Super Skills to Be Thankful For
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Did you score awesome titles at $5 a book at the recent warehouse sale? Are you on your local board or site council? Do you watch our webcasts and read School Library Journal, Library Journal and The Horn Book Magazine? Do you use LiveBinders, Edu.Symbaloo, or Pinterest to organize your online resources? Then you have some of the 9 Scary Super Skills to be thankful for. Polishing these skills keeps you moving forward and reminds you that you have the best job ever!

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October 19, 2016

Superpower: 10 Spell Binding Tips
Written By Deborah B. Ford

In our last newsletter I talked about 10 Scary Superpowers. We all have them, but some of our powers could use a touch of polishing from time to time. Take for example, the power of storytelling or spell binding.

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