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 01, 2016
Dear Deborah, I would like to do a presentation on how school libraries impact student learning. What is the name of the district that saved their jobs? What other resources can I use--Michelle Miles of Salt Lake City, Utah
January 21, 2016
For those of you who work with teens, be sure to register for the upcoming webcast on February 29. Leslie and I will be talking about some of the hot new books for middle and high school. If you've been watching our announcements you know there are some of our favorite authors (Kwame Alexander and Neal Shusterman) and some newbies (Kathryn Purdie and Kathryn Tanquary). Series books continue with new installments to Wing & Claw and The Riverman). One of my personal favorites, Jeff Strand, is back with a hilarious book called, The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. You still have time to register, gather a group of colleagues or readers, and get out your wish lists. In the meantime, here's a taste of one of the books I've chosen.
January 19, 2016
On today's webcast Leslie and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming elementary titles for the spring season. From charming picture books to fascinating nonfiction and hard-to-put-down chapter books, 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. What are the titles you are most excited about?
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 16, 2015
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Wouldn't it be nice to see something that might appeal to your kids? Do you have to think it up yourself? In the midst of trying to do so many things at once, though, where's your inspiration for new display ideas?
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 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 29, 2015
From accidental death to parental neglect, fall releases offer plenty of issues to pull on middle grade readers' heart strings. The following selections are sure to not only circulate, but generate water cooler discussions as well.
October 26, 2015
For my last trip of the month, I went out of the box and spoke at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Reno. I was slated to present Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction, a new session I just wrote. I promised to talk about new nonfiction (I chose 30 titles), free resources for teaching, additional free information text resources, and technology to bring it all together. In an hour. Um. Yeah. While I was getting dressed, two thoughts came into my head: 1) Don't let my new grandbaby come while I'm gone and 2) Let someone show up for the session. So. What happened on Saturday morning?
Tags: book selections, booktalks, collaboration, collection development, Common Core, conferences, JLG, library outreach, nonfiction, professional development, programming, resources, Science, STEM, technology, testing, weeding.