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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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January 06, 2015

You Asked for It!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

After examining surveys and speaking directly with our customers, JLG proudly introduces our newest levels in selection offerings. You will now have a total of 66 levels from which to choose, preK-12. The seven new levels include two audiobook categories. JLG editors are already reading manuscripts and whittling down selections for the fall releases of these levels. What genre or topics rose to the top in the surveys? And the winners are...

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December 31, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Eat less. Exercise more. Save more money. Every January resolutions are made. With great resolve we determine to be more healthy, more diligent, and more productive. With our reading, perhaps it's time to think out of the box a little. Instead of the generic "read more books" or "read X number of books," why not try a more specific list of resolutions?

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December 19, 2014

Nothing Scheduled
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I use a Page-A-Day calendar. Every morning I'm in my office, I rip off yesterday's words of wisdom in anticipation of what's next. During a week that I've had something scheduled every day, today's inspirational quote is especially appropriate.

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December 18, 2014

Tissue Box Novels
Written By Deborah B. Ford

I'm the kind of girl who cries during Hallmark commercials. I even cried on the first night of The Librarians. (But really, how could I not?) Enter a great story with characters who grab your heart, and I better have the tissue boxes close at hand.

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December 17, 2014

Norman Bridwell
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Norman Bridwell, creator of more than 150 titles starring the iconic Clifford the Big Red Dog, died on Martha's Vineyard on Friday, December 12. He was 86.

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December 16, 2014

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices
Written By Deborah B. Ford

We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your readers will give them a chance to see that they are not alone.

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