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February 09, 2017

Webcast Recap: 4 Ways to Strengthen Diversity in Your Library Program
Written By Deborah B. Ford

In our webcast today, I shared four ways to strengthen diversity in your library program. As I said, every effort you make towards inclusion and diversity matters to someone. By being aware, keeping up with the literature, shaking up your programming and bringing in outside resources, the impact you can make is so valuable.

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February 02, 2017

You’ve Got the Winners, Now What?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

The Youth Media Awards for 2017 have been announced. Your favorites won. Your favorites lost. There were surprises. History was made. March: Book Three won four awards! Sitting in the audience is always a thrill with JLG selections rising to the top. Once they win, however, now what do I do with them? Is there anything out there to help sell the books to the winners? And if I already have the books, how can I get those shiny stickers to add to their marketing charisma? What about programming should that be part of what I do with these winners?

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January 26, 2017

Webcast Recap: A New Year’s Celebration of New Books
Written By Deborah B. Ford

In our webcast today, Susan Marston, JLG's Editorial Director, joined me in a chat about 2017 titles for elementary readers. From animals you never heard of to a cow in a tutu, the books also varied from prekindergarten to grade 6, fiction and nonfiction. Feel free to pass on the archive when it is posted later this week.

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December 12, 2016

Webcast Recap: Silly and Somber: Books for Spring 2017 From the JLG Webinar Series
Written By Deborah B. Ford

While the rest of the world is wagering guesses on ALA Awards, the JLG Team is busy working on 2017. Today Susan Marston and I talked about some of the titles on deck for spring 2017. With an early trend of silly and somber, we chatted about a modern day Lord of the Flies, a graphic novel memoir, and a wordless book with words.

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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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November 10, 2016

Webcast Recap: Fall Debut Class of 2016
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about some of the fall debut titles for readers of all ages. From a house that needs help, an at-risk boy on a polo pony and a compelling memoir of the childhood of a North Korean boy, your readers will hope that these debut stories are just the beginning of the work we will see in the future from the fall debut class of 2016.

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November 01, 2016

Webcast Recap: New Books by Favorite Authors From the JLG Webinar Series
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On today's webcast I chatted with Sara Pennypacker, Barbara O'Connor, and Candace Fleming. From a giant squid, to a girl who makes the same silent wish every day, and new characters for independent readers, these new books from authors you know and love will fly off the shelves.

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October 17, 2016

Webcast Recap: Falling for New Teen Books 2016
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about the some of the fall forthcoming books for teen readers. From three magical children and their holy dog to a laugh out loud retelling of the story of Jane Grey, you'll find the new releases to be worth the wait.

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October 08, 2016

Zombies, Ghosts and Other Creepy Tales with Jeff Strand
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On Monday, October 3 Leslie Bermel and author, Jeff Strand chatted about his creepy works. His latest title, The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is a JLG selection from this summer in the PBH category. JLG has also selected two of his prior works: A Bad Day for Voodoo and I Have a Bad Feeling About This. Like Leslie, I was also told not to read Voodoo in a public place.

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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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