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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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June 25, 2015

Meet Me in San Francisco, Sally
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Meet me in San Francisco, Sally. Meet me at the Fair. Oh, wait. Wrong city. Wrong name. But do meet me in San Francisco at ALA Annual. I'm leaving on Friday morning, so pop by the JLG booth 3417 and say hello. Some of your favorite JLG folks will be there: Leslie Bermel, Lisa Terry, and Kelly Snook. It's a great time to cash in on conference specials and find out what's new in our world.

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June 24, 2015

And They All Lived Happily Ever After. Or Not.
Written By Deborah B. Ford

In traditional fairy tales, villains get what they deserve, while royal families live happily ever after. However, the following novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild don't follow the traditional formula. Sovereign rulers endure tragedy. Princesses don't wear pink. Princes make bad decisions. Kings and queens have evil agendas. Full of action and adventure, pain and sorrow, these novels will give teens plenty of incentive to read the next of these series installments.

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June 22, 2015

Ok. Fine. I Have a Great Job
Written By Deborah B. Ford

After getting in last night in the wee hours of the morning from a road trip to my dad's, spending the day in bed was terribly tempting, but I dragged myself into the office. After all, I was out on Friday, so there was sure to be plenty to catch up on. To my delight, one of my emails said "there are two boxes of ARCs for you and Leslie in my office." How fast can a girl get up and cross the room?

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June 09, 2015

Friendship: Real, Imagined, and Spare
Written By Deborah B. Ford

If keeping friends is difficult, making them must seem insurmountable for some kids. The truth is that friendship is a work in progress. Best friends move away. Sometimes friends are busy with weekend activities. From time to time, two pals may not see things eye to eye. An occasional child may have a companion you can't even see. The following intermediate chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild offer all kinds of situations that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel as if they've found new friends.

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May 11, 2015

Those That Entered Won!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

South Carolina native Stephen Colbert is giving back to his state in an amazing way. The new Late Show host announced on Thursday that he will fund every grant request South Carolina public school teachers have placed on crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org, USA Today reports.

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May 08, 2015

Play and Learn: It’s All Good
Written By Deborah B. Ford

At the end of a long day of professional development, a person can feel any number of things: affirmation, inspiration, or even saturation. Having been on the other side, I take that into account when I plan an agenda. This week I was fortunate to work with the librarians in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their free PD was the result of an "enter to win" by middle school librarian, Linda Raybould. What did they win?

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