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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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October 03, 2016

New Highly Starred Books for 2016
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Now that we approaching the end of the 2016 season, you may be like me and starting to make your Best Lists. I know the journals are putting in the hours and whittling down their lists. Our own Jeanette is constantly adding new stars, lists, and awards of our own titles. You can keep track of JLG title selections at Awards & Lists/Lists & Reviews. If you've been keeping tabs, the following are the most highly starred titles of 2016--so far.

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February 09, 2016

PPP: Children are Just Premature Adults: Serving Youth in the Library
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today I led a webcast for mostly public librarians in Jacksonville, Florida. We talked about 4 ways to serve youth in the library: developmental changes, librarian competency skills, customer service tips, and social media strategies. From improving our circulation procedures to polishing our technology skills, we could all (school libraries included) use some reminders about how we can best serve our youth. What about you? What's on your improvement plan? How can we best serve our youth? Read on for resources to take you in the right direction.

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January 08, 2016

2015 Final Countdown
Written By Deborah B. Ford

It's January and the highlight of children's book publishing season is just days away. Many of you are already in Boston for the Big Event (or hopefully safely on your way). On Monday morning at 8AM EST, the doors will open and the suspense will soon be over. Watch the Live Webcast here. Someone asked me the other day what I thought would win. Honestly, I've gotten my head buried in 2016 already. (With three imminent webcasts and a little bit of down time off the road, I've got to think ahead when I can.) So now that I'm thinking about 2015, I'll give you a couple of tips to remember.

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November 20, 2015

JLG BTG: 2015 Novels Not-to-Miss
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Now that I've been at the office a day or two, I took some time this morning to work on the LiveBinders. This post features an elementary, middle, and high school novel. As Kiera would say, I expect them to get a little love at the ALA Youth Media Awards. And remember to watch for the Notables. You'll often find your favorites (and your kids) on those lists.

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November 19, 2015

PPP: Awards Predictions Webinar
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today guest Kiera Parrott and I chatted about some of our favorite titles that are "certain" to receive recognition. Whether or not our crystal balls are accurate, your kids are sure to love these multi-starred titles from 2015. Buy your extra copies today, while they are still in stock. Let's keep the awards hype up. Tweet with us on your favorites #JLGwebinars. What are your hands down winners? What about your dark horse?

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November 19, 2015

Webcast Today: Crystal Ball Predictions
Written By Deborah B. Ford

Today's the day! Kiera Parrott and I will chat about our favorite books of 2015. We each decided on ten of our favorite books, plus five we would talk about if we had time to do so. With a K-12 span and over a dozen ALA Youth Media Awards, narrowing down my choices was ridiculously difficult. Fiction. Nonfiction. Picture books. Diversity. And so many options. Every time I made a list of ten, I changed two. What was the final list?

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November 04, 2015

Welcome to Columbus!
Written By Deborah B. Ford

This week I'm attending a conference. It starts tonight and ends on Sunday. I haven't bought a plane ticket. I haven't booked a room. I haven't packed a thing! Seriously? It starts today! Why haven't I done anything to go to the conference? For once, I don't have to do any of those things. The conference is here in Columbus. I'll spend the next few days driving downtown to attend our AASL conference. What do I have on my agenda? What might you look forward to seeing in our town?

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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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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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