December 12, 2016

Webcast Recap: Silly and Somber: Books for Spring 2017 From the JLG Webinar Series

Written by Deborah B. Ford

Scar IslandWhile the rest of the world is wagering guesses on ALA Awards, the JLG Team is busy working on 2017. On today’s webcast, Susan Marston and I talked about some of the titles on deck for spring 2017. With an early trend of silly and somber, we chatted about a modern day Lord of the Flies, a graphic novel memoir, and a wordless book with words. We also talked about the JLG editorial process, so if you missed the webcast, be sure to watch the archive when it is posted later this week.

Now is the time to add some categories and start building your wish lists. Remember that you can easily transfer your wish list into your shopping cart. Maybe you can post your wish list to your community, suggesting books for everyone is a better gift rather than another coffee mug—just saying.

In addition to providing you with great selections, Junior Library Guild continues to build resources to help you use these titles. We are in the process of creating a new Booktalk to Go LiveBinder for Spring 2017.  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 and on our website at More JLG Services/Video Resources.  Thanks to our marketing team, BTG LiveBinder Tabs with links 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 for our next national webcast on at 3:00PM EDT January 26 when Liz Gavril, senior editor at JLG, will join me as we chat about the upcoming elementary titles for spring 2017.

Here are the titles from today’s webcast in order of appearance.

YOON, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. 384p. Delacorte. 2016. ISBN 9780553496697. JLG Category: CH City High (Grades 10 & Up).

GEMEINHART, Dan. Scar Island. 256p. Scholastic. 2017. ISBN 9781338053845. JLG Category: MM Mystery Middle (Grades 5-8).

HALE, Shannon. Real Friends. illus. by LeUyen Pham. 224p. First Second. 2017. ISBN 9781626724167. JLG Category: GE Graphic Elementary (Grades 2-6).

McCutcheon, Jon. Flowers for Sarajevo. illus. by Kristy Caldwell. 32p. Peachtree. 2017. ISBN 978-1561459438. JLG Category: CBE Character Building Elementary (Grades 2-6).

WINTER, Jonah. The Secret Project. illus. by Jeanette Winter. 40p. Beach Lane. 2017. ISBN 9781481469135. JLG Category: Nonfiction Elementary (Grades 2-6).

Cooper, Elisha. Big Cat, Little Cat. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2017. ISBN 9781626723719. JLG Category: K+ Kindergarten (Grades K-1).

RACZKA, Bob. Niko Draws a Feeling. illus. by Simone Shin. 32p. Carolrhoda. 2017. ISBN 9781467798433. JLG Category: AE Arts Elementary (Grades 2-6).

COSTA, Ben and James Parks. The Road to Epoli: Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo, Book 1. illus. by authors. 208p. Knopf. 2017. ISBN 9780399556135. JLG Category: GH Graphic Novels High (Grades 9 & Up). 

NIX, Garth. Frogkisser! 384p. Scholastic. 2017. ISBN 9781338052084. JLG Category: FM Fantasy Middle (Grades 5-8).

SCHLITZ, Laura Amy. Princess Cora and the Crocodile. 60p. Candlewick. 2017. ISBN 9780763648220. JLG Category: I Independent Readers (Grades 2-4).

BAGLEY, Jessixa. Laundry Day. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2017. ISBN 9781626723177. JLG Category: K+ Kindergarten (Grades K-1).

LAZAR, Tara. 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story. illus. by Ross MacDonald. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. 2017. ISBN 9781484717790. JLG Category: ME Mystery Elementary (Grades 2-6).

HIGGINS, Ryan T. Be Quiet! illus. by author. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. 2017. ISBN 9781484731628. JLG Category: HE Humor Elementary (Grades 2-6).


Deborah B. Ford

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  1. Deborah B. Ford

    on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 10:27am

    You have two options: You can either watch it again from the archive or email me at and I’ll send you a copy. Thanks for watching!

  2. Cindy

    on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 20:36pm

    I watched/listened to the recorded webinar of Silly and Somber. How do I print the certificate? Thanks...

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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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