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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 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
Written By admin

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 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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August 18, 2016

Webcast Recap: A Hat, a Pig and Panda Pants August 2016: From the JLG Webinar Series
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about the some of the fall forthcoming books for elementary readers. From two turtles that discover a hat in the desert to a much-anticipated biography of E.B. White, you’ll find the new releases to be worth the wait. With the addition of new categories, Character Building Elementary, Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary and Multicultural Elementary, you'll have even more wonderful books for your young readers. And remember to add some Plus categories to get even more books in the fall—just when you need them most!

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July 12, 2016

PPP- Lies, Spies, and All that Jazz Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Roger Sutton and I talked about the Boston Globe Horn Book award winners. Celebrating its fiftieth year, winners of the award will be celebrated at a ceremony at Simmons College in Boston on September 30. The following day, a colloquium will be held. This event allows you to be "up close and personal" with the amazing authors and illustrators of these multi-award winning books. Here are the titles from today's webcast.

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July 06, 2016

There IS No Good Stopping Place: What Makes a Good Page Turner?
Written By Deborah B. Ford

"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it." (The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck; Dial, 2004) What kid isn't going to keep reading with an opener like that? You can read Richard Peck's Horn Book Magazine article "In the Beginning: What Makes a Good Beginning?" from the 2006 summer issue. And who wouldn’t keep reading if a chapter ended like this: “It wasn’t about saving us. And it wasn’t about enslaving us or herding us into reservations. It was about killing us. All of us.” (The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey; Putnam, 2013)

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June 14, 2016

PPP- Books We Love National Webcast
Written By Deborah B. Ford

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about 20 of the JLG selections that are we just love. These were books we haven't talked about in past webcasts, with many of the titles shipping out this summer. From a YA author-turned picture book author to what some are calling his best book yet, your readers will love these hot-off-the-press titles!

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