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Putting on a Brave Face with Shaun David Hutchinson

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Putting on a Brave Face with Shaun David Hutchinson

We all know how hard it can be to express yourself as a teen. Your parents (and peers) may not “get” you. Truth be told, you may not even get yourself. The pressures are constant and confusing, and, if you're a teen struggling with depression or anxiety or your identity, the pressures can be even more intense. In honor of October’s Teen Read Week and Emotional Wellness Month, we’ll talk with Shaun David Hutchinson about his book Brave Face and the power of literature to help young people find their place.

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A Conversation with Jason Reynolds

A Conversation with Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds talks with guest host Meg Medina about his experience as the Library of Congress Ambassador for Young People's Literature and the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of his high school hit, Long Way Down.



Innovation in Uncertainty

Innovation in Uncertainty: How librarians step up, support students, and find solutions

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Innovation in Uncertainty: Back to School

Innovation in Uncertainty: Back to School

In this second librarian panel webcast, join us as we discuss back-to-school plans, pain points, and possibilities in the continued face of COVID-19.

Truth in Teamwork: Nonfiction Storytelling through collaboration and connection

Truth in Teamwork: Nonfiction Storytelling through collaboration and connection

Nonfiction authors discuss how collaboration provides a perfect symmetry for building a cohesive story that is as interesting as it is informative.

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How does your garden grow? Plant tomato slice seedlings with Alexis Frederick-Frost

Alexis Fredrick-Frost reads from his book, Maker Comics: Grow a Garden!, and demonstrates how to grow tomato plants with fresh tomatoes.

Art Illustrates Life: Graphic novels aren't just for superheros anymore

Art Illustrates Life: Graphic Novels Aren’t Just for Superheros Anymore

Author/Illustrators Shing Yin Khor, Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes talk about the evolution and broad appeal of comics.

Sketch Comedy: Laughs & Live Drawing with Narwhal & Jelly

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Ben Clanton reads from the latest book in the Narwhal & Jelly series, Narwhal's Otter Friend, and sketches his famous characters live!

A Book Talk for Spanish Language Day

For the Love of Libros: A Book Talk for Spanish Language Day

JLG editors talk with Cynthia Weill of Bank Street College about the importance of Spanish-language books and Bank Street’s new Spanish Picture Book Awards.

Teensplain This with Ben Phillippe

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Authors Ben Philippe and Rex Ogle entertain as they chat about books, teen angst, and the best shows to binge while sheltered at home.

My First Book Club: Let's read together!

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Authors James Howe and Kate Messner read aloud and share tips on encouraging early-grade readers to develop a love of books and bonding.

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Meet Rex Ogle, whose story about growing up poor delivers an ultra-relatable message to young readers

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Jackson Bird, Sorted

Meet Jackson Bird who has helped give a voice to the LGBTQ community by sharing his story through YouTube, podcasts, TED Talks and more.

Nikki Grimes, Ordinary Hazards

Nikki Grimes, Ordinary Hazards

Meet Nikki Grimes, who, at the age of 6, poured her pain onto paper and discovered the healing power of words

What Makes a Winner?

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Demand Diversity

Demand Diversity

Join us as we discuss the importance of diversifying and the wide breadth of what is considered "diverse."

Dude, where's my book?

Encouraging boys to read

Enjoy this exclusive webcast with Jon Scieszka, where we talk about motivating boy readers and exploring the universe of his latest book.

Let's Dig In! A speed tasting of JLG's Winter selections

A speed tasting of JLG's Winter selections

Pull up a chair for a fun, fast-paced speed tasting of some of our editors' favorite titles from JLG's Winter catalog.

Meg Medina Changes Gears

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Enjoy an author talk with 2019 Newbery Medal award-winner, Meg Medina, author of Merci Suárez Changes Gears.

Summer Reading

A Summer in Space: Slow the Slide

Check out these books for the 2019 public-library summer reading theme: “A Universe of Stories."

The Haunt They Want: Horror & Suspense

The Haunt They Want: Horror & Suspense

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Meet Varian Johnson

Meet Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance author shares what he hopes middle-grade readers get from his book.

When Words & Art Collide

When Words & Art Collide: The Allure of Graphic Novels

Discover how this creative medium can help your readers with visual literacy.

Likes Matter: Using Social Media to Promote Your Library

Likes Matter: Using Social Media to Promote Your Library

Learn how to use social media to attract students and promote your library!

Nonfiction for Everyone

Nonfiction for Everyone

Grades PreK–12

Authour, Melissa Stewart looks at fact-filled stories for that are sure to pique everyone's interest.

Love & War

Love & War

Emotionally powerful titles that dig deep into love, loss, and the impact they have on our lives. 

Stars So Far

Stars So Far

Grades K–12

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Using Award-Winning Titles in Your Library Program

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A quick look at online resources and programming ideas for every librarian who loves great books.

Spring Books for Elementary

Spring Books for Elementary

A review of some of the most popular elementary titles to add to your collection for young readers.

Sizzling Teen Books

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Join Deborah B. Ford during this speedy introduction to popular must-have titles for your collection.

The Fascinating World of Graphic Novels

The Fascinating World of Graphic Novels 

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Beanstack's Felix Brandon Lloyd on the power of reading contests and tips for success.

Three Reading Challenges

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Elementary Booktalk

Elementary Booktalk

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Fighter for Justice

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The Nonfiction Revolution

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Find out how creative new Nonfiction titles are making the genre more accessible than ever.

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