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February 25, 2015

Accountable and Then Some
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Earlier this month I presented a two hour workshop on The Power of Marketing. During that time attendees wrote and practiced their elevator speeches. They gathered ideas about how to do everyday marketing. We talked about branding, diversity, and public image. And I gave them a challenge: do two things, tell me, and share with another colleague. One elementary librarian stepped up in a big way. What did she do?

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February 18, 2015

Collaboration Leads to Publication for JLG Member’s Teens
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Deanna McDaniel, media specialist at Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, worked with her sixth grade teachers to encourage more than 330 budding writers. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) sponsors a Young Writers Program which provides educators with curricula and resources for teaching novel writing to young students. Kids learn about word count and McDaniel's kids wrote 1,211,471 words. How did they get middle school kids hooked?

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February 17, 2015

Warm Up with New Books
Written By Deborah B. Ford

When I woke up this morning, it was a frigid -4. A few hours later, we've warmed up to above freezing. With spring seemingly so far away, what would make me feel better? A warm cup of coffee? Hot chocolate? How about a nice blankie? I know! What about some wonderful new books that would take my mind off the winter wonderland and more snow that's on the way?

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February 11, 2015

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: What Are the Best Books of Them All?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Looking for a fun way to spend thirty minutes? Want to look into a crystal ball and see the best new books for readers preK- Grade 6 for the spring? What if it's free? Have I got a deal for you!

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February 02, 2015

Junior Library Guild Selections Win 38 Honors at 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards
Written By Jeanette Rivard

Our outstanding editorial team has done it again. JLG selections are huge winners at this year's ALA Youth Media Awards including the John Newbery Medal Winner and all the Honor Books, four Caldecott Medal Honor Books, the Michael L. Printz Award Winner, and two Honor Books, plus many more!

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January 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday: January 2010
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Looking back at my old blog, I found this interesting post, which is especially appropriate now, as I'm on my way to Chicago for ALA. I expect I'll have already read the winners, now that I have access to all levels of JLG selections. What about you?

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January 23, 2015

JLG Behind the Scenes: Award Packets
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Ever wonder what goes on at Junior Library Guild? Do you have images of people sitting around on couches reading hot-off-the-press novels? What about the warehouse? Do you wonder where the books come from? What's the process from publisher to you? Is there a sticker party once a month to process all your books? Do authors and illustrators wander through the building?

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January 13, 2015

Show But Don’t Tell: Must-Have Wordless Books
Written By Deborah B. Ford

It has characters, a plot, a setting, and a problem. It has pictures that fill in the gaps that words sometimes leave. Thirty-two pages is a piece of cake in comprehending a children's book. How hard could it possibly be? And if it's true that they say a picture paints a thousand words, why are people afraid of wordless books?

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January 08, 2015

TBT: Embarrassing Moments with Author Rock Stars
Written By Deborah B. Ford

One of the great things about going to conferences is spending time listening to authors talk about their craft. We learn about their inspiration, their frustration, and maybe we get to hear about their families. Then comes the time for a book signing. We stand in line, patiently waiting our turn. Then it happens. We come face to face with the rock stars of our world. Is it possible to speak at that point without gushing and sounding completely ridiculous? You won't believe what happened to me.

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January 07, 2015

Tissue Box Novels for Middle Graders
Written By Deborah B. Ford

What kind of student were you? Did you sit in the front row or hide in the back? Which clique was yours? Did you bring your lunch or buy it? What did you do at recess? Before your readers get your last goat, take a moment to put yourself in their shoes. Everyone comes with their own baggage. Sometimes you can see it, and sometimes you can't. This week in my weekly column at SLJ, I wrote about kids who struggle in school. Here's what I really thought as I was reading.

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