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.
February 02, 2017
The Youth Media Awards for 2017 have been announced. Your favorites won. Your favorites lost. There were surprises. History was made. March: Book Three won four awards! Sitting in the audience is always a thrill with JLG selections rising to the top. Once they win, however, now what do I do with them? Is there anything out there to help sell the books to the winners? And if I already have the books, how can I get those shiny stickers to add to their marketing charisma? What about programming should that be part of what I do with these winners?
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.
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.
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.
November 30, 2015
Today and tomorrow I continue launching a new full-day seminar on 101 Ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your School Library Program. I'm on Long Island today and New Rochelle on Tuesday, taking along the 100ish page handbook that accompanies it. Like all workshops, we are learning new strategies, and like all presentations there are new ideas that weren't in the handout. What follows are the titles I mentioned that you wouldn't have heard about if you weren't there. Check them out.
November 20, 2015
Now that I've been at the office a day or two, I took some time this morning to work on the LiveBinders. This post features an elementary, middle, and high school novel. As Kiera would say, I expect them to get a little love at the ALA Youth Media Awards. And remember to watch for the Notables. You'll often find your favorites (and your kids) on those lists.
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.
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.