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Enter JLG's Back-to-School Book Bundle Giveaway!

Enter JLG's Back-to-School Book Bundle Giveaway!

By: Rhonda Mihalic | August 14, 2019 |

We’re giving away five back-to-school author-autographed book bundles featuring acclaimed JLG Gold Standard Selections. Enter to win!

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Teen spirit: How to get teens back to the library

Teen spirit: How to get teens back to the library

By: Sarah Cooke | August 14, 2019 |

What can libraries do to make sure their young-adult readers stop by for a visit—and then keep coming back? Get tips from School Library Journal’s Karen Jensen.

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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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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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Teaching Teachers the Value of the Graphic Novel

Teaching Teachers the Value of the Graphic Novel

By: Julia Bannon | May 15, 2019 |

“Graphic Novels are just superhero comic books.” “They’re not even real reading.” School librarians hear these types of comments every day. So, how do you explain that Graphic Novels are a valuable part of the reading landscape and that they teach comprehension and literacy? Find out.

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Countdown to summer reading

Countdown to summer reading

By: Julia Bannon | May 03, 2019 |

It’s time to get ready for your summer reading program! With this year’s theme celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the moon landing, we’ve got lots of ideas for you to make this the best summer yet. Launch into a summer of space with great books, STEM activities and display ideas.

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Unboxing #2: The Art of Science

Unboxing #2: The Art of Science

By: Rhonda Mihalic | March 29, 2019 |

The giggly, giddy stars of last month's Boxes of Books Unboxing video are at it again, this time unpacking their JLG subscription box of March selections.

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Webcast Recap: <br>Books We Love June 2017

Webcast Recap:
Books We Love June 2017

By: Deborah B. Ford | June 13, 2017 | Shelf Life

On our webcast today, Kiera and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books you might want to check out this summer. Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Whether your to-be-read pile grew or it became prioritized, we are sure your readers will get also enjoy getting to know these new stories and their wonderful characters. Read More

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: 12 New Books to Read This Summer

Webcast Recap: 12 New Books to Read This Summer

By: Deborah B. Ford | May 23, 2017 | Shelf Life

In our webcast today, Kayleigh and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books you might want to check out this summer. Whether your to-be-read pile grew or it became prioritized, we are sure your readers will get a kick out of future-telling noodleheads and blue librarians. Read More

Egg-Cellent Books for Young Readers

Egg-Cellent Books for Young Readers

By: Deborah B. Ford | April 26, 2017 | Shelf Life

Spring. Flowers and bunnies. Baseball and hotdogs. National Library Week. National Poetry Month. Earth Day. Tax Day. And book--spring releases are here! From stories about eggs that don't hatch to those that do, you won't want to miss what's coming for young readers. 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

Webcast Recap: Get to Know Spring's Hottest Debut Authors and Illustrators Spring 2017, K-12

Webcast Recap: Get to Know Spring's Hottest Debut Authors and Illustrators Spring 2017, K-12

By: Deborah B. Ford | March 21, 2017 | Shelf Life

In our webcast today, my guest Carl A. Harvey II and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books written by debut authors and illustrators. From a National Geographic explorer to A. S. King's debut as a middle grade writer, these authors are sure to find their way into the hearts and minds of the young and older reader. Read More

Webcast Recap: Women Who Rock: Celebrating the Past and Present

Webcast Recap: Women Who Rock: Celebrating the Past and Present

By: Deborah B. Ford | March 09, 2017 | Shelf Life

Astronomer. Pinkerton detective. Automobile driver. Computer programmer. Women continue to rock our world through their talents, leadership, and wisdom. In our webcast today, I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books by and about women. From hot new biographies to strong female characters, writers, and illustrators, these quick booktalks will lengthen your shopping cart list. Read More

Webcast Recap: The Buzz about New Teen Books

Webcast Recap: The Buzz about New Teen Books

By: Deborah B. Ford | February 23, 2017 | Shelf Life

In our webcast today, Kayleigh and talked about some of our favorite upcoming books for teens. From angry bananas to stories of teens behind bars and witchcraft, these new books for grades 6-12 are sure to circulate! Read More

Webcast Recap: 4 Ways to Strengthen Diversity in Your Library Program

Webcast Recap: 4 Ways to Strengthen Diversity in Your Library Program

By: Deborah B. Ford | February 09, 2017 | Shelf Life

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. 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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Webcast Recap: A New Year's Celebration of New Books

Webcast Recap: A New Year's Celebration of New Books

By: Deborah B. Ford | January 26, 2017 | Shelf Life

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. Read More

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

Webcast Recap: Fall Debut Class of 2016

Webcast Recap: Fall Debut Class of 2016

By: Deborah B. Ford | November 10, 2016 | Shelf Life

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. Read More

Webcast Recap: New Books by Favorite Authors From the JLG Webinar Series

Webcast Recap: New Books by Favorite Authors From the JLG Webinar Series

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

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. Read More

Webcast Recap: Falling for New Teen Books 2016

Webcast Recap: Falling for New Teen Books 2016

By: Deborah B. Ford | October 17, 2016 | Shelf Life

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. 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

Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic? What Makes a Good School Story?

Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic? What Makes a Good School Story?

By: Deborah B. Ford | August 24, 2016 | Shelf Life

Between back-to-school sales and the calendar itself, it's not terribly difficult to see that the end of summer is almost here. It's time for school to return to session. I remember when school ended at Memorial Day and restarted after Labor Day. Today's schools often go into July and resume in August. What happened to June, July and August? Read More

Webcast Recap: A Hat, a Pig and Panda Pants August 2016:  From the JLG Webinar Series

Webcast Recap: A Hat, a Pig and Panda Pants August 2016: From the JLG Webinar Series

By: Deborah B. Ford | August 18, 2016 | Shelf Life

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! 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

There IS No Good Stopping Place: What Makes a Good Page Turner?

There IS No Good Stopping Place: What Makes a Good Page Turner?

By: Deborah B. Ford | July 06, 2016 | Shelf Life

"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) Read More

PPP- Books We Love National Webcast

PPP- Books We Love National Webcast

By: Deborah B. Ford | June 14, 2016 | Shelf Life

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! Read More

If You Give a Girl a Book...She'll Buy Doughnuts

If You Give a Girl a Book...She'll Buy Doughnuts

By: Deborah B. Ford | June 06, 2016 | Shelf Life

I've always known that I'm completely drawn into the world of books. I get lost among the pages and worry over the outcomes. I have conversations with complete strangers about stories I've read, as if they are true examples of how that person might benefit from a fictional experience. (You've read how dangerous it is for me to sit near a device where I was tempted to buy a chatelaine.) And yes, I've called in sick so I could stay home to finish a book--which is ridiculous, since that's my real job! Suffice it to say today I could not resist temptation today. Read More

Tech Tuesday: Creating a JLG Wish List

Tech Tuesday: Creating a JLG Wish List

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

I'm working on a new Books for Boys and Anyone Else Who Likes a Great Book workshop, when it occurred to me: What if I had a wish list at JLG? Then I could easily add titles as I read them. Then, JLG (meaning Jeanette) could create a new list under our Themed Lists page and make it easier for you to shop for them after attending a workshop. Then I thought: I should make a video about how to create a wish list. Maybe some members don't know how. What about you? Are you using the Wish List feature? It's so easy to create and use a wish list. 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

Beyond the Books: Four Reasons to Login to Your JLG Account

Beyond the Books: Four Reasons to Login to Your JLG Account

By: Deborah B. Ford | May 23, 2016 | Shelf Life

Being a Junior Library Guild member has its privileges. Sure, people can see our selections if they go to our website, but there are hidden secrets, resources, and data that only members can see. (And you don't have to have a special jacket or handshake to access these hidden gems.) All you need is one simple action. Log in. Doing it will open the door to four reasons why you want to stay logged into your account. Read More

Roses are Red and Poems Don't Have to Rhyme: Celebrating Poetry All Year

Roses are Red and Poems Don't Have to Rhyme: Celebrating Poetry All Year

By: Deborah B. Ford | April 25, 2016 | Shelf Life

As a college English major, I took plenty of literature courses. Short stories were read. Novels were pored over. Poetry was analyzed. In one class we dissected a poem, learning "exactly" what the writer from hundreds of years ago was saying. In a later course, I was delighted to revisit the same poem with a different instructor. Perfect, I thought, I already know just what the poem means. I quickly volunteered my vast knowledge and was told that I was absolutely wrong. "It means no such thing," the instructor adamantly declared. Read More

Stars So Far: JLG Webinar Series PPP

Stars So Far: JLG Webinar Series PPP

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

On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about 20 of the JLG selections that are getting the star buzz. With well more than 150 books to choose from, we had a tough time selecting our featured authors and illustrators. (So stay tuned to the summer webcast schedule.) Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, we are building resources to help you use these titles. Check out the NEW JLG Spring 2016 Booktalks to Go LiveBinder for resources for these and other great JLG titles. JLG BTG titles are added to our Pinterest board and tweeted out by following Deborah B. Ford. Look for book trailers and archived webcasts on our JLG YouTube Playlist. This webcast will be archived and posted on the JLG website at a later date. Your certificate of attendance can be reprinted by watching the archived video for at least ten minutes. Read More

PPP-Webcast Debut Authors and Illustrators of 2016

PPP-Webcast Debut Authors and Illustrators of 2016

By: Deborah B. Ford | March 17, 2016 | Shelf Life

On today's webcast Roger Sutton, Editor-in-Chief of The Horn Book, and I talked about some of the rising stars for the Class of 2016 for the spring season. With almost forty books to choose from, we had a tough time selecting our featured authors and illustrators. (Thanks again for joining us, Roger) If you haven't purchased your Horn Book subscription already, remember that JLG members get a discount on the journal. (It's a celebration of wonderful-must-be-purchased books!) Read More

PPP Irving ISD: Ensuring Diversity in Your School Library Program

PPP Irving ISD: Ensuring Diversity in Your School Library Program

By: Deborah B. Ford | March 17, 2016 | Shelf Life

What is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn't our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia. Read More

PPP: Leap into Spring with New Books for Teens

PPP: Leap into Spring with New Books for Teens

By: Deborah B. Ford | February 29, 2016 | Shelf Life

On today's webcast Leslie and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming middle and high school titles for the spring season. From fascinating nonfiction to hard-to-put-down novels, there are plenty of amazing titles to add to your collection. Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, we are building resources to help you use these titles. Check out the NEW JLG Spring 2016 Booktalks to Go LiveBinder for resources for these and other great JLG titles. JLG BTG titles are added to our Pinterest board and tweeted out by following Deborah B. Ford. Look for book trailers and archived webcasts on our JLG YouTube Playlist. This webcast will be archived and posted on the JLG website at a later date. Your certificate of attendance can be reprinted by watching the archived video for at least ten minutes. Keep reading to find links to the titles. Read More

Get to Know Spring's Hottest Debut Authors and Illustrators!

Get to Know Spring's Hottest Debut Authors and Illustrators!

By: Deborah B. Ford | February 23, 2016 | Shelf Life

From a picture book about reading and surfing (What?!) to a middle grade novel about Manzanar, readers will love the new stories from the Debut Class of 2016. Can you guess which new writer or illustrator used to be in publishing? Which one had an award-winning novel? Which author has a collection of deerstalker caps? Which illustrator is an assistant professor of illustration in Detroit? Which author/illustrator works for The New Yorker? Which illustrator was born in India and now teaches second grade? Who is director of biodiversity and wildlife solutions at RESOLVE? Which author is fourteen-years-old? How can you find the answer to these and other burning questions? Read More

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