October 03, 2016
Now that we approaching the end of the 2016 season, you may be like me and starting to make your Best Lists. I know the journals are putting in the hours and whittling down their lists. Our own Jeanette is constantly adding new stars, lists, and awards of our own titles. You can keep track of JLG title selections at Awards & Lists/Lists & Reviews. If you've been keeping tabs, the following are the most highly starred titles of 2016--so far.
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!
March 17, 2016
What is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn't our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia.
Tags: Authors & Illustrators, biographies, book selections, collection development, displays, diversity, literacy, marketing, nonfiction, Picture books, professional development, resources, technology.
February 29, 2016
On today's webcast Leslie and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming middle and high school titles for the spring season. From fascinating nonfiction to hard-to-put-down novels, there are plenty of amazing titles to add to your collection. Remember that in addition to providing you with great selections, we are building resources to help you use these titles. Check out the NEW JLG Spring 2016 Booktalks to Go LiveBinder for resources for these and other great JLG titles. 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 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. Keep reading to find links to the titles.
February 23, 2016
From a picture book about reading and surfing (What?!) to a middle grade novel about Manzanar, readers will love the new stories from the Debut Class of 2016. Can you guess which new writer or illustrator used to be in publishing? Which one had an award-winning novel? Which author has a collection of deerstalker caps? Which illustrator is an assistant professor of illustration in Detroit? Which author/illustrator works for The New Yorker? Which illustrator was born in India and now teaches second grade? Who is director of biodiversity and wildlife solutions at RESOLVE? Which author is fourteen-years-old? How can you find the answer to these and other burning questions?
January 20, 2016
Each year our sister publication, School Library Journal, selects 16 books for their annual Battle of the Kids' Books (fondly known as BOB) competition. Different from other "awards," they actively seek to balance the list with books that are diverse in the following fields: racial and ethnic, genre, audience and publisher. By the same token, they work to recruit a slate of similarly diverse judges. Today is the big announcement. Last year's winner was Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. What was selected? Do you have them? Want them at an amazing price?
November 12, 2015
On Monday and Tuesday I launched a new full-day seminar on 101 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program. I visited Oklahoma City and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, taking along the 100ish page handbook that accompanies it. Like all workshops, we learned new strategies, and like all presentations there were new ideas that weren't in the handout. What follows are the titles and websites I mentioned that you wouldn't have heard about if you weren't there. Check them out.
Tags: Authors & Illustrators, biographies, book selections, booktalks, collection development, Common Core, conferences, fiction, graphic novels, JLG, nonfiction, professional development, technology, website.
October 20, 2015
Today Leslie and I continued the JLG Webcast series with a look at forthcoming nonfiction for PreK-12. Below is the list of our selections and their corresponding categories. From bones in a undiscovered cemetery to protective poodles, there were plenty of choices. What did we finally decide on? Keep reading...
September 15, 2015
Today Leslie and I did our Mid/High webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes (well, kind of), we managed to booktalk 30 books for teens. Below is the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.
August 27, 2015
Want to know about hot new books for teens? Back to school season is in full swing and it's time to get geared up for a fantastic fall. But there's something you still need to do--discover the best new books for your teen readers, of course.