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Librarian of the Month: June 2020

Librarian of the Month: June 2020

By: Esther Goodell | June 30, 2020 |

JLG’s June Librarian of the Month honor goes to Anna Porter Public Library and librarian Kelsey Collins. We could tell from seeing her library’s social media posts that she and her library had a heart for their community. Read on to learn more about Kelsey...

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Librarian of the Month: May 2020

Librarian of the Month: May 2020

By: Esther Goodell | May 28, 2020 |

JLG’s May Librarian of the Month honor goes to Louise Durham Elementary and Tiffany Williams. We could tell from seeing her social media posts that she was always willing to go the extra mile to get students to engage with books, whether through sensory mats to form a check-out line or loading up her cart to deliver books to classrooms. Read on to learn more about Tiffany...

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Librarian of the Month: April 2020

Librarian of the Month: April 2020

By: Esther Goodell | April 29, 2020 |

JLG’s April Librarian of the Month honor goes to Billerica Memorial High School and Rachel Bouhanda. She has been a school librarian for over a decade and has been creating new resources for students all while transitioning to a new library space!

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Librarian of the Month: March 2020

Librarian of the Month: March 2020

By: Esther Goodell | March 12, 2020 |

JLG’s March Librarian of the Month honor goes to Hilliard Weaver Middle School and its dedicated staff of one, Christina Dorr. She has been a JLG member for many of her 30+ years as a school librarian. We had the chance to meet her at a local conference recently, and in our 5-minute interaction we knew we needed to share her story.

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Librarian of the Month: February 2020

Librarian of the Month: February 2020

By: Esther Goodell | February 21, 2020 |

JLG’s Librarian of the Month honor goes to Rippon Middle School and its dedicated team of Tamara Ingalls, librarian, Debra Gish, librarian, and Denisha Price, library assistant. Read their story!

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JLG Selections Take Home 63 ALA Awards & Honors

JLG Selections Take Home 63 ALA Awards & Honors

By: Katie Lynch | January 27, 2020 |

We are thrilled to announce that 63 of the 112 winners/honorees were JLG selections. We are so proud of our amazing authors and illustrators, as well as our talented editorial team and their history of picking winners.

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Congrats to the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Awards finalists!

Congrats to the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Awards finalists!

By: Katie Lynch | December 23, 2019 |

JLG is proud to announce that 4 out of the 5 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Awards finalists are JLG selections. The Nonfiction genre is revolutionizing thanks to the talent and commitment of these authors, and our editors know outstanding work when they see it!

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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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JLG Titles Dominate Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

JLG Titles Dominate Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

By: Sarah Cooke | June 17, 2019 |

The 2019 Excellence in Graphic Literature (EGL) Award winners were recently announced at the Denver Pop Culture Con, and the competition was stiff.JLG's Graphic Novel categories are among our most popular—and we are thrilled to see so many JLG selections honored in this year's EGL Awards!

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JLG selections shine in 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book awards

JLG selections shine in 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book awards

By: Rhonda Mihalic | June 05, 2019 |

The 52nd-annual Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (BGHB) were announced at the end of May, showcasing nine outstanding books—seven of which are JLG Gold Standard Selections!

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Tooting The Horn Book's Horn (and JLG's too)

Tooting The Horn Book's Horn (and JLG's too)

By: Deborah B. Ford | June 01, 2017 | Shelf Life

Yesterday marked the beginning of the award season for 2017 titles. The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners were announced at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in NYC. This award was first presented in 1967. A winner and two honor books were selected for each of the three categories: Nonfiction, Picture Book, and Fiction and Poetry. And the winners are... Read More

Webcast Recap: Stars So Far, K-12

Webcast Recap: Stars So Far, K-12

By: Deborah B. Ford | April 25, 2017 | Shelf Life

In our webcast today, my guest Shelley Diaz, Reviews Manager and YA Editor at School Library Journal, and I talked about some of our favorite starred books from the spring of 2017. From favorite authors Nikki Grimes and Kevin Henkes to a heart-warming story about foster kids, the stars are shining this season. Read More

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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Best STEM Books 2016 @NSTA

Best STEM Books 2016 @NSTA

By: Deborah B. Ford | December 21, 2016 | Shelf Life

'Tis the season for announcing all manner of booklists. The National Science Teachers Association released its Notable Trade Booklist and this year they present, Best STEM books. According to readers and publishers, interest in such a list has been "off the charts." Read More

Webcast Recap: Silly and Somber: Books for Spring 2017  From the JLG Webinar Series

Webcast Recap: Silly and Somber: Books for Spring 2017 From the JLG Webinar Series

By: Deborah B. Ford | December 12, 2016 | Shelf Life

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. Read More

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

PPP- Lies, Spies, and All that Jazz Webcast

PPP- Lies, Spies, and All that Jazz Webcast

By: Deborah B. Ford | July 12, 2016 | Shelf Life

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. Read More

And the Winners Are...Boston Globe Horn Book 2016

And the Winners Are...Boston Globe Horn Book 2016

By: Deborah B. Ford | June 01, 2016 | Shelf Life

And you thought you'd have to wait for 7 months to pass before you heard a book win A Big Prize! Remember: The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced on Thursday-- via video for the first time! --by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. Check back at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2. Read More

PPP: 30 Minutes with Kwame Alexander Webcast

PPP: 30 Minutes with Kwame Alexander Webcast

By: Deborah B. Ford | May 09, 2016 | Shelf Life

We want to thank Kwame Alexander and his publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for participating in our webcast today. How much fun was that? If you missed the show, sign up to watch it and find out: The inspiration behind Surf's Up; Which book is the most autobiographical; Kwame's newest poetry project; The status of a sequel/prequel to The Crossover; The effect of the Newbery on his life; How do you say his name? Read More

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