August 18, 2016
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!
Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, Junior Library Guild is building resources to help you use these titles. Check out our new JLG Booktalks to Go Fall 2016 LiveBinder. 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 Playlists. Thanks to Jeanette, BTG will now be added to the book detail page. This is a direct link to the resources in the binder.
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.
Join us next time on at 3:00PM EDT September 14 when Leslie Bermel will chat with the hilarious and talented Bill Harley, author of the Charlie Bumpers series. Don’t miss it! You can even win a prize for registering!
Here are the titles from today’s webcast.
TITLES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
KLASSEN, Jon. We Found a Hat. illus. by author. 56p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763656003. JLG Category: P Primary (Grades 1-2).
Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat .
SWEET, Melissa. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White. illus. by author. 176p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2016. ISBN 9780544319592. JLG Category: BE Biography Elementary.
Salutations! Readers will love this biography of their favorite author, E.B. White. Sweet’s illustrations offer a glimpse into the life of dear Charlotte’s creator from his birth to his death in 1985.
Frost, Helen. Applesauce Weather. illus. by Amy June Bates. 112p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763675769. JLG Category: A+ (Grades 3-5).
On the day the first apple falls, Uncle Arthur always comes to see Faith and Peter. He tells tales–especially about why he has a missing finger. But this year, there’s no Aunt Lucy to make the applesauce. The twinkle in Uncle Arthur’s eye is gone and stories are left untold. With great patience, Faith and Peter do everything they can to bring back the hope that made them a family.
HOLM, Jennifer L. Full of Beans. 208p. Random House. 2016. ISBN 9780553510379. JLG Category: A Intermediate Readers (Grades 3-5).
During the Great Depression, Beans Curry is quite the business man–especially for a kid. Long before Key West was a tropical paradise, kids like Beans sold cans for a nickel to help their families make ends meet. When he gets an offer he can’t refuse, it’s consequences start a chain reaction that not only changes Beans, it transforms the town.
LEROY, Jean. A Well-Mannered Young Wolf. illus. by Matthieu Maudet. 30p. Eerdmans. 2016. ISBN 9780802854797. JLG Category: HE Humor Elementary (Grades 2-6).
One morning, a young wolf eagerly sets out on his first hunting trip. But before he can devour his prey, he must honor their final wishes, just as his parents taught him to do. But the wolf’s would-be meals aren’t quite as honorable as he is! Can common courtesy prove effective amidst the wild laws of nature?
RHODES, Jewell Parker. Towers Falling. illus. by Andrea Vandergrift. 240p. Little, Brown. 2016. ISBN 9780316262224. JLG Category: CE City Elementary (Grades 2-6).
Dèja has trouble accepting her family’s new residence—a Brooklyn homeless shelter—but loves her new school. She makes friends for what seems like the first time in her ten-year-old life. When school lessons on September 11 begin, Dèja realizes she knows almost nothing about the tragedy. What do her friends know that she doesn’t? And why should she care about something that happened 15 years ago?
NOLAN, Janet. Seven and a Half Tons of Steel. illus. by Thomas Gonzalez. 36p. Peachtree. ISBN 9781561459124. JLG Category: Nonfiction Elementary (Grades 2-6).
During cleanup of Ground Zero, a seven and a half steel beam was shipped to a Louisiana foundry where it was melted down into what became the USS New York. In spite of delays caused by Hurricane Katrina, the bow was attached to the ship, christened and launched on a journey, back to the harbor it left.
DOWELL, Frances O’Roark. Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan. illus. by Amy June Bates. 128p. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. ISBN 9781481440660. JLG Category: I+ Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).
Sam is only seven, but he really wants a job. Maybe he only knows a couple of things about chickens right now, but soon Sam will be quite the expert. And quite the businessman too.
HIGGINS, Ryan T. Hotel Bruce. 48p. Disney-Hyperion. 2016. ISBN 9781484743621. JLG Category: P+ Primary (Grades K-1).
When Bruce gets home from a migration trip with his goslings, he is tired and grumpy and definitely not in the mood to share his home with the trio of mice who have turned his den into a hotel.
O’CONNOR, Barbara. Wish. 240p. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2016. ISBN 9780374302733. JLG Category: A+ Intermediate Readers (Grades 3-5).
What if you had a wish you wanted so badly, you found something to wish with every day–for a year! When Charlie is sent to live with an aunt and uncle she’s never met, her fears and anguish about a daddy that needs “correcting” and a mama that won’t get out of bed amplify when she just doesn’t fit in. Will the granting of her wish finally make her “whole?”
FLEMING, Candace. Giant Squid. illus. by Eric Rohmann. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2016. ISBN 9781596435995. JLG Category: NEK+ Nonfiction Early Elementary (Grades K-2).
Almost no one has ever seen the giant squid, yet scientists continue to learn about this amazing creature of the deep sea. Told in poetic form by Fleming, and beautifully illustrated by husband, Eric Rohmann, kids will clamor to learn more about the beaked mystery.
GANDHI, Arun and Bethany Hegedus. Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story. illus. by Evan Turk. 48p. Atheneum. 2016. ISBN 9781481442657. JLG Category: CBE Character Building Elementary (Grades 2-6).
How can wastefulness lead to violence? With the help of his grandfather, Arun learns how every wasteful act, no matter how small, affects others.
LEGRAND, Claire. Foxheart. illus. by Jaime Zollars. 480p. Greenwillow. 2016. ISBN 9780062427731. JLG Category: FE Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary (Grades 2-6).
Twelve-year-old Quicksilver lives as a thief in the sleepy town of Willow-on-the-River. Then, one day, Quicksilver discovers that she can perform magic. Her world is in great danger. Can she use her new magic to save it?
TONATIUH, Duncan. The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. 40p. Abrams. ISBN 9781419721304. JLG Category: MCE Multicultural Elementary.
When Popoca asks to marry Princess Izta, the Emperor says he must defeat Jaguar Claw, but even more evil lurks to stop the two from being together. This classic Mexican folktale blends the drama of Shakespeare with the rich legendary lore of two volcanoes: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl who spews ash and lava trying to wake her.
HENSON, Heather. Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer. illus. by Bryan Collier. 32p. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. 2016. ISBN 9781481420952. JLG Category: E+ Easy Reading (Grades 1-3).
Grab your lantern and follow the remarkable, world-famous Mammoth Cave explorer—and slave—Stephen Bishop as he guides you through the world’s largest cave system.
GIFF, Patricia Reilly. Jubilee. 160p. Wendy Lamb. 2016. 9780385744874. JLG Category: A Intermediate Readers (Grades 3-5).
Judith’s Aunt Cora calls her Jubilee because to her, she’s a celebration. The ferry captain calls her Red. Five-year-old Travis calls her the No-Talk Girl. There’s a reason why the fifth grader doesn’t talk, though she has a lot on her mind.
JOHN, Jory. Penguin Problems. illus. by Lane Smith. 32p. Random House. 2016. ISBN 9780375974656. JLG Category: P Primary (Grades K-1).
You think YOU have problems?! Think again. This penguin has problems–plenty of them. He waddles too much. It’s too bright outside. He looks like everybody else. “I have so many problems! And nobody even cares!” he cries. But wait. A wise walrus has much advice for our troubled penguin. Could we use a little bit of it ourselves? Probably so.
VERNICK, Audrey and Liz Garton Scanlon. Bob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever. illus. by Matthew Cordell. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. 2016. ISBN 9781484723029. JLG Category: HE Humor Elementary (Grades 2-6).
Little Louie is stuck in bed with a bad cold. All he wants is his mom to take care of him, but whenever he calls out for her, his stuffed-up nose summons slobbery dog Bob (and not Mom) instead!
MACLACHLAN, Patricia. The Poet’s Dog. 96p. Katherine Tegen. 2016. ISBN 9780062292636. JLG Category: I Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).
“Dogs speak words, but only poets and children hear.” The poet’s dog hears the children in the snow. When he leads them back to the cabin, he has saved them from the terrible blizzard, just as the poet saved him. Now that the poet is gone, perhaps Nickle and Flora can save him too?
DAVIES, Jacqueline. Panda Pants. illus. by Sydney Hanson. 32p. Knopf. ISBN 9780553535778. JLG Category: PK PreKindergarten (Ages 2-5).
Have you ever really wanted something? Something that no one like you ever had? Would people laugh at you? Would they want to copy you? Join a young panda on a walk through the jungle while he tries to convince his dad he needs pants!
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RYLANT, Cynthia. Little Penguins. illus. by Christian Robinson. 40p. Schwartz & Wade. 2016. ISBN 9780553507713. JLG Category: PK Prekindergarten (Ages 3-5).
Mama’s five little penguins go out to play in the snow. What adventures they will have in their matching scarves and boots!
OLSHAN, Matthew. A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785. illus. by Sophie Blackall. 40p. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2016. ISBN 9780374329549. JLG Category: I+ Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).
Dr. John Jeffries (born in Boston but considering himself an Englishman) and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard were determined to be the first to complete an international flight by crossing the English Channel in a hot-air balloon. The greatest challenge, as it turns out, was not the trip itself but the duo’s cantankerous relationship.
MEDINA, Juana. Juana and Lucas. illus. by author. 96p. Candlewick. 2016. ISBN 9780763672089. JLG Category: I Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).
Juana lives in Columbia where everyone speaks Spanish. This year at school, she’s in for a big surprise when her teacher says they will learn to speak “the English.” Juana doesn’t understand why she needs to learn something that’s so hard.
BARNETT, Mac. The Magic Word. illus. by Elise Parsley. 40p. Balzer + Bray. 2016. ISBN 9780062354846. JLG Category: HE Humor Elementary (Grades 2-6).
You can have anything you want if you know the magic word. Paxton C. Heymeyer discovers the word, much to the dismay of his babysitter and everyone else he meets while his wishes go out of control.
GRIMES, Nikki. Garvey’s Choice. 120p. Wordsong. 2016. ISBN 9781629797403. JLG Category A Intermediate Readers (Grades 3-5).
Garvey’s father has always wanted him to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, and reading. This novel-in-verse celebrates choosing to be true to yourself.
WILLEMS, Mo. Nanette’s Baguette. illus. by author. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. 2016. ISBN 9781484722862. JLG Category: E+ Easy Reading (Grades 1-3).
Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET! Follow our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery in this hilarious picture book.
MICHELSON, Richard. Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy. illus. by Edel Rodriquez. 40p. Knopf. 2016. ISBN 9781101933312. JLG Category: AE Arts Elementary (Grades 2-6).
Once there was a boy named Leonard who loved to sing and to act. His parents were immigrants who felt like aliens in America, and certainly didn’t understand Leonard’s drive to perform. “Learn to play the accordion,” his father told him. “Actors starve, but at least musicians can eke out a living.” But Leonard reached for the stars . . . and caught them.
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