November 19, 2015

PPP: Awards Predictions Webinar

Written by Deborah B. Ford

Crystal BallToday guest Kiera Parrott and I chatted about some of our favorite titles that are “certain” to receive recognition. Whether or not our crystal balls are accurate, your kids are sure to love these multi-starred titles from 2015. Buy your extra copies today, while they are still in stock. Let’s keep the awards hype up. Tweet with us on your favorites #JLGwebinars. What are your hands down winners? What about your dark horse?

Check out the JLG BTG LiveBinder Fall 2015 and JLG BTG LiveBinder Spring 2015 for resources for these and other great award-contending titles. Remember to check for the JLG Booktalks to Go Tab on the book detail pages which are posted as they are created. You can subscribe to SLJ Extra Helping. 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 is now archived. Your certificate of attendance can be reprinted by watching the archived video for at least ten minutes, but really, you’ll want to watch the whole thing.


LAWSON, JonArno. Sidewalk Flowers. illus. by author. 32p. Groundwood. 2015. ISBN 9781554984312. JLG Category: CE : City Elementary (Grades 2-6) April 2015 selection.

BAGLEY, Jessixa. Boats for Papa. illus. by author. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. ISBN 9781626720398. JLG Category: P : Primary (Grades K-1), Sep 2015 selection.

HENKES, Kevin. Waiting. illus. by author. 32p. Greenwillow. 2015. ISBN 9780062368447. JLG Category: PK : Pre-Kindergarten (Grades PreS-PreK) Jan 2016 selection.

ENGLE, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. illus. by Rafael López. 48p. Houghton Harcourt. 2015. ISBN 9780544102293. SLJ Starred Jan 2015.

STEAD, Philip C. Lenny & Lucy. illus. by Erin E. Stead. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. ISBN 9781596439320. JLG Category: P+ : Primary (Grades K-1) Jan 2016 selection.

TATE, Don. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton. illus. by author. 36p. Peachtree. 2015. ISBN 9781561458257. JLG Category: AE : Arts Elementary (Grades 2-6) Nov 2015 selection.

RYAN, Pam Muñoz. Echo. 592p. Scholastic. 2015. ISBN 9780439874021. JLG Level: C+ : Advanced Readers (Grades 6–9) Mar 2015 selection.

WILLIAMS-GARCIA, Rita. Gone Crazy in Alabama. 304p. HarperCollins/Amistad. 2015. ISBN 9780062215888. JLG Category:  B+ : Upper Elementary & Junior High (Grades 5-7) Jul 2015 selection.

BENJAMIN, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish. 352p. Little Brown. 2015. ISBN 9780316380867. JLG Category: B+ : Upper Elementary & Junior High (Grades 5-7) Nov 2015 selection.

GRAFF, Lisa. Lost in the Sun. 304p. Philomel. 2015. ISBN 9780399164064. JLG Category: B : Upper Elementary & Junior High (Grades 5-7) Sep 2015 selection.

SCHMIDT, Gary D. Orbiting Jupiter. 192p. Clarion. 2015. ISBN 9780544462229. JLG Category: C : Advanced Readers (Grades 6-9).

PINKNEY, Andrea Davis. Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound. 176p. Roaring Brook. 2015. ISBN 9781596439733. JLG Category: NM+ : Nonfiction Middle + (Grades 5-8) Jan 2016 selection.

WEATHERFORD, Carole Boston. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. 56p. Candlewick. 2015. ISBN 9780763665319. JLG Category: NM : Nonfiction Middle (Grades 5-8) Jan 2016 selection.

SHEINKIN, Steve. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. 384p. Roaring Brook. 2015. ISBN 9781596439528. JLG Category: HH : History – High (Grades 10 & Up).

ANDERSON, M.T. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. 464p. Candlewick. 2015. ISBN 9780763668181. JLG Category: HH : History – High (Grades 10 & Up) Nov 2015 selection.

BROWN, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. 96p. Houghton Mifflin. 2015. ISBN 9780544157774. JLG Category: GH : Graphic Novels High (Grades 9 & Up) Sep 2015 selection.

REYNOLDS, Jason and Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. 240p. Atheneum. 2015. ISBN 9781481463331. JLG Category:  HI : High-Interest High (Grades 10 & Up) Feb 2016 selection.

SHUSTERMAN, Neal. Challenger Deep. illus. by Brendan Shusterman. 320p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2015. ISBN 9780061134111. SLJ Starred Feb 2015.

AVEYARD, Victoria. Red Queen. 400p. HarperTeen. 2015. ISBN 9780062310637. JLG Category: CTH : Current Trends High (Grades 9 & Up) Mar 2015 selection.

SAEED, Aisha. Written in the Stars. 304p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. 2015. ISBN 9780399171703. JLG Level: Y: Young Adults (Grades 9 & Up) May 2015 selection.

STARMER, Aaron. The Whisper. 368p. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2015. ISBN 9780374363116. JLG Category: Y+ : Young Adults (Grades 9 & Up) May 2015 selection.

STARMER, Aaron. The Riverman. 368p. Farrar Straus Giroux. 2014. ISBN 9780374363093. JLG Category: Y+ : Young Adults (Grades 9 & Up) Aug 2014 selection.



JONES, Kelly. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. illus. by Katie Kath. 224p. Knopf. May 2015. ISBN 9780385755535. SLJ Starred Feb 2015.

ROSENBERG, Liz. What James Said. illus. by Matthew Myers. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 2015. ISBN 9781596439085. SLJ Starred Oct 2015.

FRANK, E.R. Dime. 336p. S. & S./Atheneum. 2015. ISBN 9781481431606. SLJ Starred Mar 2015.

HARTLAND, Jessie. Steve Jobs: Insanely Great. illus. by author. 272p. Random House. 2015. ISBN 9780307982964. JLG Category: GH : Graphic Novels High (Grades 9 & Up) Aug 2015 selection.

GOLIO, Gary. Bird & Diz. illus. by Ed Young. 52p. Candlewick. 2015. ISBN 9780763666606. JLG Category: E+ : Easy Reading (Grades 1-3) Jun 2015 selection.

PAUL, Miranda. Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle. illus. by Jason Chin. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2015. ISBN 9781596439849. JLG Category: P+ : Primary (Grades K-1) Aug 2015 selection.

THOMPSON, Laurie Ann. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. illus. by Sean Qualls. 40p. Schwartz & Wade. 2015. ISBN  9780449817452. JLG Category: BE : Biography Elementary (Grades 2–6) May 2015 selection.

BRADLEY, Kimberly Brubaker. The War That Saved My Life. 302p. Dial. 2015. ISBN 9780803740815. JLG Category: B : Upper Elementary & Junior High (Grades 5-7) Mar 2015 selection.

PEARSALL, Shelley. The Seventh Most Important Thing. 288p. Knopf. 2015. ISBN 9780553497298. JLG Category: C+ : Advanced Readers (Grades 6-9) Sep 2015 selection.

JAMIESON, Victoria. Roller Girl. illus. by author. 240p. Penguin. 2015. ISBN 9780525429678. JLG Category: GM : Graphic Novels Middle (Grades 5-8) Jun 2015 selection.



Deborah B. Ford

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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at Contact her at Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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