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2018 Fall Titles

This is a listing of JLG titles for Fall 2018: September 2018 through February 2019. This list is subject to change.

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      Thank You, Omu!

      by Oge Mora

      Jan 2019

      Read Aloud Plus

      Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?
      Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life.
      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint, china markers, pastels, patterned paper, and old-book clippings.

      Los deseos de Carmela (Carmela Full of Wishes)

      by Matt de la Peña

      Jan 2019

      Primary Spanish

      When Carmela finds a dandelion on her birthday, her brother tells her she has to make a wish before she blows on it. But can she think of just the right deseo?

      Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story

      by Marc Tyler Nobleman

      Jan 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drew the United States into World War II in 1941. But few are aware that several months later, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped bombs in the woods outside a small town in coastal Oregon. This is the story of those bombings, and what came after, when Fujita returned to Oregon twenty years later, this time to apologize.
      This remarkable true story, beautifully illustrated in watercolor, is an important and moving account of reconciliation after war.
      Author’s note. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and mixed media.

      Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian

      by Jacob Sager Weinstein

      Jan 2019

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      When an evil genius has a diabolical plan to destroy every book on the planet, who has the tome-toting page power to thwart his dastardly scheme?
      Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian! She’s got the gadgets. She’s got the disguises. And she’s always got the right book at the right time. It’s a good thing, too, because Lyric McKerrigan is the world’s last hope!
      Jacob Sager Weinstein and Vera Brosgol introduce a smart and crafty heroine who is part comic-book hero, part reader extraordinaire, and wholly awesome.
      Full-color illustrations done in ink and colored in Photoshop.

      Beavers: The Superpower Field Guide

      by Rachel Poliquin

      Jan 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Meet Elmer, an ordinary beaver. He may not be as mighty as a lion or as dangerous as a shark. He may be squat and brown. But never underestimate a beaver.
      I can almost hear you saying, “But aren’t beavers just lumpy rodents with buck teeth and funny flat tails?”
      Yes, they are! And believe it or not, those buck teeth and funny flat tails are just a few of the things that make beavers extraordinary.
      Humorous and engaging, Beavers is the first book in the new highly illustrated nonfiction Superpower Field Guide series, inspiring readers to laugh, think, and view the world around them with new eyes.
      Glossary. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color illustrations were created using a mixture of black ink, pencil, and wax crayon, then colored digitally.

      Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair

      by Kate Messner

      Jan 2019

      Easy Reading

      Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell’s classroom, and they do everything the students do — listening at storytime, painting masterpieces during art class, and keeping their own special journals. But when it’s time for the school science fair, the mice aren’t sure just how to get involved. Lucy wants to time them as they run through a maze, but they want to do an experiment, not be an experiment. Then Zeke comes up with a great idea: since Lucy is training animals for her experiment, maybe he and Fergus can do the same thing! Unfortunately, the only animals available are the students themselves. Can Fergus and Zeke turn the tables and train Lucy in time for the science fair?
      Full-color illustrations were created digitally.

      Louisiana's Way Home

      by Kate DiCamillo

      Jan 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town—including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder—she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)

      The Dam

      by David Almond

      Jan 2019

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Kielder Water is a wild and beautiful place, rich in folk music and legend. Years ago, before a great dam was built to fill the valley with water, there were farms and homesteads in that valley and musicians who livened their rooms with song. After the village was abandoned and before the waters rushed in, a father and daughter returned there. The girl began to play her fiddle, bringing her tune to one empty house after another — for this was the last time that music would be heard in that place. With exquisite artwork by Levi Pinfold, David Almond’s lyrical narrative — inspired by a true tale — pays homage to his friends Mike and Kathryn Tickell and all the musicians of Northumberland, to show that music is ancient and unstoppable, and that dams and lakes cannot overwhelm it.
      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations done in charcoal, ink, and pastel and colored digitally.

      The Boy Who Went to Mars

      by Simon James

      Jan 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      On the day that Stanley’s mom takes a work trip overnight, Stanley decides to leave planet Earth. But when his spaceship touches down again in the backyard, a young martian crawls out, proclaiming to Stanley’s dad that residents of Mars don’t wash before dinner, eat their vegetables, or brush their teeth. It just so happens that martians tend to act out in school, too…. With whimsy and sympathy for a familiar dilemma, Simon James ushers us into the coping fantasies of an imaginative, sensitive kid — and shares the pleasure of his sheepish reunion with a most accepting family.
      Full-color illustrations created in pen and watercolor.

      The Creation

      by James Weldon Johnson

      Jan 2019

      Religious Books Elementary

      James Weldon Johnson, author of the civil rights anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” wrote this beautiful Bible-learning story in 1922, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Set in the Deep South, The Creation alternates breathtaking scenes from Genesis with images of a country preacher under a tree retelling the story for children. The exquisite detail of James E. Ransome’s sun-dappled paintings and the sophisticated rhythm of the free verse pay tribute to Black American oral traditions of country sermonizing and storytelling: As far as the eye of God could see/ Darkness covered everything/ Blacker than a hundred midnights/ Down in a cypress swamp….
      This beautiful new edition of the classic Coretta Scott King Award winner features a fresh, modern design, a reimagined cover, and an introduction of the remarkable life of James Weldon Johnson. Beneath the dust jacket, the case features a detail of Ransome’s beautiful night sky, spangled with stars.
      Illustrator’s note. Nbr>Biographical note on James Weldon Johnson. Full-color illustrations.

      King Alice

      by Matthew Cordell

      Jan 2019

      Primary Plus

      Matthew Cordell celebrates books and reading in this picture book about a girl and her father who make up an epic adventure in which she is king!
      What is there to do on a snow day when the whole family is stuck indoors? Write a book, that’s what!
      Alice does just that, and makes herself the king of her story. Best of all, the story lasts till the lights go out at bedtime.
      Matthew Cordell, author and illustrator of the Caldecott award-winning book Wolf in the Snow, celebrates reading and the imaginative way one family handles being housebound. Whether it's a snow day, a sick day, or simply a day that no one can organize going out, families with young children will relish and relate to this charming picture book.
      Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

      Two's A Crowd: The Real McCoys

      by Matthew Swanson

      Jan 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Siblings Moxie and Milton are very different. But if they combine forces, could they become a detecting dream team and identify the elusive Squiggler? Black-and-white illustrations. Instructions for writing a Squiggler letter. Online resources. Authors’ note. Moxie’s Dictionary (glossary).
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