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August 23, 2017

Ring the Bell–Finding Friendship in Diverse Back-to-School Books

Written By Deborah B. Ford

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?

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June 16, 2017

Summer R and R for #KidLit Champions

Written By Deborah B. Ford

For teachers and school librarians, June may mean no school. But even if you have a summer job or if you're like m--you work all year long--you still need to give yourself a mental and emotional break. As educators and book evangelists, helping is what we do. It's our nature. Yet you can't give and give without refilling your own cup.

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June 13, 2017

Webcast Recap: Books We Love June 2017

Written By Deborah B. Ford

On our webcast today, Kiera and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books you might want to check out this summer. Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children's librarian. Whether your to-be-read pile grew or it became prioritized, we are sure your readers will get also enjoy getting to know these new stories and their wonderful characters.

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June 01, 2017

Tooting The Horn Book’s Horn (and JLG’s too)

Written By Deborah B. Ford

Yesterday marked the beginning of the award season for 2017 titles. The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners were announced at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in NYC. This award was first presented in 1967. A winner and two honor books were selected for each of the three categories: Nonfiction, Picture Book, and Fiction and Poetry. And the winners are...

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May 23, 2017

Webcast Recap: 12 New Books to Read This Summer

Written By Deborah B. Ford

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.

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May 16, 2017

“Thank you, JLG!” from Cyndy Etler, One Very Happy Author

Written By Jeanette Rivard

I opened the hardcover of my young adult memoir, The Dead Inside, and saw a shiny goldish circle. JLG, it said. My stomach dropped. Was I hallucinating? My book? A Junior Library Guild selection? Not possible. But there it was.

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May 09, 2017

Webcast Recap: Enrich Your Summer Reading Program: Tips and Resources K-12

Written By Deborah B. Ford

In our webcast today, my guest Nick Glass, Founder and Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net, and I talked about creative ways to promote summer reading programs, from supporting student choices using recommended booklists to modeling booktalks after Meet-the-Author book readings...and much more.

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April 26, 2017

Egg-Cellent Books for Young Readers

Written By Deborah B. Ford

Spring. Flowers and bunnies. Baseball and hotdogs. National Library Week. National Poetry Month. Earth Day. Tax Day. And book--spring releases are here! From stories about eggs that don't hatch to those that do, you won't want to miss what's coming for young readers.

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April 25, 2017

Webcast Recap: Stars So Far, K-12

Written By Deborah B. Ford

In our webcast today, my guest Shelley Diaz, Reviews Manager and YA Editor at School Library Journal, and I talked about some of our favorite starred books from the spring of 2017. From favorite authors Nikki Grimes and Kevin Henkes to a heart-warming story about foster kids, the stars are shining this season.

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March 21, 2017

Webcast Recap: Get to Know Spring’s Hottest Debut Authors and Illustrators Spring 2017, K-12

Written By Deborah B. Ford

In our webcast today, my guest Carl A. Harvey II and I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books written by debut authors and illustrators. From a National Geographic explorer to A. S. King's debut as a middle grade writer, these authors are sure to find their way into the hearts and minds of the young and older reader.

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