August 24, 2016
Between back-to-school sales and the calendar itself, it's not terribly difficult to see that the end of summer is almost here. It's time for school to return to session. I remember when school ended at Memorial Day and restarted after Labor Day. Today's schools often go into July and resume in August. What happened to June, July and August?
March 22, 2016
I have never been a fan of putting my hand behind a row of books. I've touched one too many nasty wrappers. It's one reason I always say "let them eat cake." If we allow them to eat in the library, give them a food trashcan, and encourage them to exercise some responsibility, kids quit sneaking food into the library. Your hamburger paper behind the biography problem will just stop. But I digress. Today as I was doing my morning pinning (schedule your social media for consistency) when I discovered an interesting article: 15 Curious Things Found in Library Books. Considering the things I have personally found in books and behind the books, I was a smidge anxious at clicking through to the article. What I found in the article was charming.
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.
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.
Tags: ALA, Authors & Illustrators, awards, book selections, collection development, conferences, fiction, giveaways, graphic novels, JLG, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, Printz, resources, social media, technology, The Horn Book, video.
December 03, 2015
When I was a young child, my mom took my sisters and me to the public library every week. She let us choose the books we wanted--however many we wanted. If I decided to read the same book over and over, she let me. The librarian never said things like: "You can't have that many books," or: "That book is too hard for you," or: "You've checked out that book every week for a month. Let's choose something else." What a good librarian she was!
November 19, 2015
Today guest Kiera Parrott and I chatted about some of our favorite titles that are "certain" to receive recognition. Whether or not our crystal balls are accurate, your kids are sure to love these multi-starred titles from 2015. Buy your extra copies today, while they are still in stock. Let's keep the awards hype up. Tweet with us on your favorites #JLGwebinars. What are your hands down winners? What about your dark horse?
Tags: ALA, Authors & Illustrators, awards, book selections, booktalks, collection development, fiction, graphic novels, JLG, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, Printz, professional development, social media, webinars.
November 18, 2015
One broken suitcase later (the wheel literally fell off), I'm back in the office after another amazing NSTA Regional Conference. Philadelphia offered much of what it often does in November--a nip in the air, street musicians, and a plethora of food choices in the Reading Terminal Market. I opted for the cheese steak and a seat at Molly Malloy's.
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 23, 2015
There's a nip in the air. Leaves are beginning to turn. Baseball playoffs have begun. Christmas decor is on display at Lowe's. (Seriously. I saw it myself.) It must be fall! Today marks the official first day of fall. Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1, though your hours of sunlight after work will be long gone by then. In the meantime let's look at some great seasonal books to highlight in your displays, lessons, and storytimes.
August 25, 2015
What's new and exciting for PreK-Grade 6 in the world of children's literature? Today Leslie and I did our Elementary webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for young readers. Keep reading for the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.
Tags: Authors & Illustrators, biographies, book selections, booktalks, collection development, Common Core, fiction, JLG, lessons, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, public library, resources, webinars.