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JLG selects Caldecott & Newbery winners for 20 years

JLG selects Caldecott & Newbery winners for 20 years

By: Sarah Cooke | September 11, 2019 |

Our renowned Editorial team has long been on the forefront of selecting books that go on to earn starred reviews, industry awards, honors and prestigious acclaim. Case in point: They've selected the Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners nearly every year for the last 20 years (before they were even published!). 

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JLG Back-to-School Book Bundle Giveaway!

JLG Back-to-School Book Bundle Giveaway!

By: Rhonda Mihalic | August 14, 2019 |

Check out the five back-to-school author-autographed book bundles that were part of our giveaway. It's too late to enter—but find out how you can catch the next one!

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ALA 2019: The week I became a library

ALA 2019: The week I became a library

By: Rhonda Mihalic | July 01, 2019 |

I asked myself, “If you had to sum up your ALA experience in three words, what would they be?” Easy, I thought: Inspiration, innovation and interaction.

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You've Got the Winners, Now What?

You've Got the Winners, Now What?

By: Deborah B. Ford | February 02, 2017 | Shelf Life

The Youth Media Awards for 2017 have been announced. Your favorites won. Your favorites lost. There were surprises. 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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What Makes a Good Picture Book?

What Makes a Good Picture Book?

By: Deborah B. Ford | December 07, 2016 | Shelf Life

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." Read More

New Highly Starred Books for 2016

New Highly Starred Books for 2016

By: Deborah B. Ford | October 03, 2016 | Shelf Life

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. Read More

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