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September 04, 2015

Often a Bridesmaid…
Written By Deborah B. Ford

As I am preparing for our next webcast on middle and high school books (September 15 at 3:00 PM EST), somehow I read three serious books back-to-back-to-back: Sunny Side Up (who knew?), Most Dangerous, and Terrible Typhoid Mary. Though I learned a great deal, at the end of the day it was time to find something more lighthearted. Sometimes in the world of YA that's next to impossible. Then I picked up Whoppers by Christine Seifert.

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August 25, 2015

Post Presentation Post: Elementary Booktalks Fall 2015 Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

What's new and exciting for PreK-Grade 6 in the world of children's literature? Today Leslie and I did our Elementary webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for young readers. Keep reading for the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.

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August 21, 2015

Just the Facts with a Story to Tell: Navigating New Nonfiction Selections
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Nonfiction has historically gotten a bad rap from story-loving library patrons. "It's boring." "It's dry." "There's no story." While that may be true about some works of nonfiction, many others act just like the best fiction. An enticing cover begs to be opened. Then you read the first page, and you are hooked.

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August 06, 2015

#TBT Happy Anniversary to Me!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Three years ago today, I walked into my newly (almost) constructed office at Junior Library Guild. I remember thinking: "I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing. I've spent my whole life in education." During my first year, I learned how a business runs and what its acronyms mean. I survived my first real winter. I recall 6 attempts to get up my (tiny hill of a) driveway and sobbing on the steering wheel after my success. "What have I done?" I thought. I was pretty sure I could never come out until spring. I could read and write from my house, right? We have technology for meetings, don't we? Could I really do this?

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August 05, 2015

Post Presentation Post: INFOhio Virtual Boot Camp
Written By Deborah B. Ford

This morning I did a fast 30-minute webcast on the INFOhio Boot Camp. The two-day virtual program, Training to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, featured sessions on flipping library instruction , Graphic Novels to Make Your Brain Bigger, and 5 Tech Weapons for Your Zombie Fighting Arsenal. With a keynote presentation by Shannon Miller, "Be the Change You Want to See," Ohio teachers and librarians had plenty to think about as they participated in chats, pre-session thought-provokers, and post-session quizzes. What did I talk about? "Free Resources to Make You a Marketing Genius" Want to know what I said? Keep reading.

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July 28, 2015

Remembering Marjorie Jones, former JLG Editorial Director (and Great Human Being)
Written By Susan Marston

Junior Library Guild mourns the passing of Marjorie Jones, former editorial director of the Junior Library Guild, who died on July 22, at the age of 86. Marge was warm, wise, witty, and intellectually sharp. She had very high standards and expectations, and when I began working at JLG, I was always a little intimidated to leave a note on her desk for fear of making a grammatical error. She would regularly send postcards when she was on vacation and, along with her friendly, funny hand-written message, she would correct the mistakes in the card's printed descriptions.

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July 24, 2015

So Many Books…
Written By Deborah B. Ford

An amazing pile of new picture books was delivered to the office this week. With the crunch of the upcoming Elementary Booktalk Webcast (August 25 @ 3:00 Eastern) staring me in the face, I decided there's no time like the present to dive in and read, but where to start?

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July 14, 2015

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Picture Books for Storytime JLG’s Booktalks to Go
Written By Deborah B. Ford

It's easy to hold your audience captive when you find a winning combination. Kids love animals, so sharing picture books about dogs and cats is a storytime bonus. The following titles chosen by the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to please your listeners--whether they have a pet or not.

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July 13, 2015

Monday Moments of Misery and Marvels
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I'm doing a keynote and several sessions over a period of two days next week, so I thought I should make sure I was ready. While looking over what I am supposed to talk about, a very terrible thing happened. I deleted a number of slides while adjusting a presentation and didn't save the original. You know that feeling you get when you realize there's nothing that you can do? It's too late to be saved and all your work is just gone? I had that moment. Little did I know there was a marvel ahead.

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July 10, 2015

Announcing JLG’s Fall 2015 Selections
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Our editorial team has put together a winning roster of new selections that are sure to please young readers. These September 2015 to February 2016 book selections include many books that are already getting attention from industry reviewers as well as some destined to be recognized. The list also includes selections for our newest categories:

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