November 30, 2015

PPP: Changes in the Stars: NY version

Written by Deborah B. Ford

Today and tomorrow I continue launching a new full-day seminar on 101 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program. I’m on Long Island today and New Rochelle on Tuesday, taking along the 100ish page handbook that accompanies it. Like all workshops, we are learning new strategies, and like all presentations there are new ideas that weren’t in the handout. What follows are the titles I mentioned that you wouldn’t have heard about if you weren’t there. Check them out.

Since the handbook was printed, many books were promoted in their star category. Others weren’t yet published and hadn’t received any stars. Due to time limitations, I hit the highlights. For those of you who attended, here are the titles we added.


BARTOLETTI, Susan Campbell. Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America. 240p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. ISBN 9780544313675. JLG Category: C : Advanced Readers (Grades 6-9).

Finding WinnieMATTICK, Lindsay. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 56p. Little, Brown. 2015. ISBN 9780316324908. JLG Category: NEK+ : Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus (Grades K-2).

JENKINS, Steve and Robin Page. How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom. illus. by author. 32p. Houghton Mifflin. 2015. ISBN 9780544313651. JLG Category: SCE : Science Nonfiction Elementary (Grades 2-6).

BARNETT, Mac. Leo: A Ghost Story. illus. by Christian Robinson. 52p. Chronicle. 2015. ISBN 9781452131566. JLG Category: P+ : Primary (Grades K-1).

SELZNICK, Brian. The Marvels. illus. by author. 672p. Scholastic. 2015. ISBN 9780545448680. JLG Category: GM : Graphic Novels Middle (Grades 5-8).

OPPEL, Kenneth. The Nest. illus. by Jon Klassen. 256p. Simon & Schuster. 2015. ISBN 9781481432320. JLG Category: B : Upper Elementary & Junior High (Grades 5-8).

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

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).

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


SCHLITZ, Laura Amy. The Hired Girl. 400p. Candlewick. ISBN 9780763678180. JLG Category: C+ : Advanced Readers (Grades 6-9).

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).


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

ALMOND, David. The Tight-Rope Walkers. 336p. Candlewick. Mar. 2015. ISBN 9780763673109. SLJ January Star.


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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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