November 30, 2017
On today’s webcast Roger Sutton and I talked about hot debut authors and illustrators from our JLG fall selections. Fall offers a feast of new talents vying to be the next big names in children’s and YA lit. We’ve already seen authors like Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) and Ibi Ziboi (American Street) go […]
September 21, 2017
On today's webcast Jodi and I talked about the some of the fall forthcoming books for teen readers. From ammunition words and immigration to a harmonica, you'll find these new releases to be worth the wait.
August 23, 2017
Labor Day marks the official end of summer and, for many people, the start of the new school year. It's time to put away bathing suits and flip-flops and perhaps put on school uniforms or back-to-school clothes. It's time for packing lunches and catching up with old friends. New school supplies are everywhere! Don't you love the smell of new crayons and freshly sharpened pencils?
May 23, 2017
In our webcast today, Kayleigh and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books you might want to check out this summer. Whether your to-be-read pile grew or it became prioritized, we are sure your readers will get a kick out of future-telling noodleheads and blue librarians.
December 12, 2016
While the rest of the world is wagering guesses on ALA Awards, the JLG Team is busy working on 2017. Today 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.
October 17, 2016
On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about the some of the fall forthcoming books for teen readers. From three magical children and their holy dog to a laugh out loud retelling of the story of Jane Grey, you'll find the new releases to be worth the wait.
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.
June 14, 2016
On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about 20 of the JLG selections that are we just love. These were books we haven't talked about in past webcasts, with many of the titles shipping out this summer. From a YA author-turned picture book author to what some are calling his best book yet, your readers will love these hot-off-the-press titles!
January 08, 2016
It's January and the highlight of children's book publishing season is just days away. Many of you are already in Boston for the Big Event (or hopefully safely on your way). On Monday morning at 8AM EST, the doors will open and the suspense will soon be over. Watch the Live Webcast here. Someone asked me the other day what I thought would win. Honestly, I've gotten my head buried in 2016 already. (With three imminent webcasts and a little bit of down time off the road, I've got to think ahead when I can.) So now that I'm thinking about 2015, I'll give you a couple of tips to remember.
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January 04, 2016
Today the Library of Congress announced graphic novelist, Gene Yuen Lang, as Ambassador for Young People's Literature. His platform is Reading Without Walls, which was developed with the Children's Book Council and his publisher, First Second. It aims to excite young people about reading outside their comfort zones. "A huge part of being a kid is exploring the world," he said. "Books are a bridge between them and what might be unfamiliar."