Live Virtual Author Visits
Our upcoming Live Virtual Author Visits are perfect for sharing with your homebound students! JLG authors, illustrators, publisher partners, and educators are coming together to bring you and your readers exclusive webcasts that will engage, entertain, and educate. Scroll down for links to upcoming and previous author visits!
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Truth in Teamwork: Nonfiction Storytelling through collaboration and connection
Though dreaded by many students, collaborative research projects are the norm—particularly in upper grades, where preparing for a future of professional teamwork is a necessity. If done right, though, dread can be a thing of the past. For nonfiction authors, collaboration provides a perfect symmetry for building a cohesive story that is as interesting as it is informative. Join us as we sit down with authors Candy Cooper, Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos to chat about their nonfiction high-school books, the value of research/writing collaboration, and their advice to students when working on group projects. Target audience is grades 6+, but all are welcome!
How does your garden grow? Plant tomato slice seedlings with Maker Comics Author Alexis Frederick-Frost
Ready for a hands-on gardening game? Seeds may be scarce during COVID-19 closures, but that can't stop the planting party! Join the JLG garden gnomes and Alexis Fredrick-Frost, author of Maker Comics: Grow a Garden!, and learn how to grow tomato plants with the fresh tomatoes we already have sitting on our counters. Alexis will read his newest maker comic about tomato seedlings and we'll plant our own tomatoes together! Come to the webcast with your supplies and get ready to garden! Perfect for grades 2-5, but all are welcome.
Innovation in Uncertainty: How librarians step up, support students, and find solutions
In light of COVID-19 concerns, lockdowns and school closures, it can be hard to know how to move forward. With the innovation and commitment you're known for, you and all librarians have stepped up with incredible solutions to help others in this unprecedented time. Join us as JLG’s resident librarian, Angela Christianson, sits down with librarians Suzanna Panter (NBCT, M.Ed, Program Manager), Maria Petropulos (District Library Media Coordinator), Emmanuel Faulkner (Educational Specialist II), and Rachel Altobelli (Director of Library Services and Instructional Materials) to chat about their challenges and solutions during the closures to their plans for when things resume. Perfect for school librarians, educators, and parents, but all are welcome.
Art Illustrates Life: Graphic Novels Aren’t Just for Superheros Anymore
If you still think all comic books are superhero stories about caped crusaders battling evil, think again. Today’s graphic novels can’t be put in such a limiting box. The range of stories, styles, genres, and characters in contemporary comics is so broad, you’re as likely to run across an illustrated memoir as you are sketch-supported sports fiction. Graphic novel author/illustrator Shing Yin Khor (The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66) teams up with the author/illustrator duo Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes (The Avant-Guards, Volume One) to chat about the evolution of comics, how teachers should embrace the genre, and how their very different tales of finding oneself share the universal message “You Do You.”Target audience is grades 9+ but all are welcome!
Sketch Comedy: Laughs & Live Drawing with Ben Clanton, authorstrator of the Narwhal & Jelly series
Get ready for waffles and rainbow slides and ocean fun! Author/illustrator Ben Clanton brings his beloved deep-sea duo Narwhal (the happy-go-lucky Unicorn of the Sea) and his pal Jelly (the blue worry-wart jellyfish) straight to you in this exclusive webcast. Learn the story behind these underwater besties and their aquatic adventures, plus meet Otty the Otter, whose adventurous spirit wows Narwhal but leaves Jelly feeling a little iffy. Join us as Ben reads from the latest book in the series, Narwhal's Otter Friend, and sketches his famous characters live! Target audience is grades K-2 but all are welcome!
For the Love of Libros: A Book Talk for Spanish Language Day
The United Nations sets aside every April 23 to celebrate and raise awareness for the history, culture and use of Spanish as an official language. Well, we want in on the fiesta! Join JLG editors Sophia Jimenez and Alexandra Aceves as they chat with Cynthia Weill, Director of the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College of Education, about the importance of Spanish-language books in school, public, and home libraries. Learn how Bank Street selects the best of the best for its annual Spanish Picture Book Awards and how JLG chooses top-tier Spanish-language selections for our Elementary and Middle Grade categories. Plus, join in the conversation about the need for (and lack of) Spanish offerings for upper grades. Perfect for librarians, educators and parents, but all are welcome.
#Teensplain This: Ben Philippe on his Field Guide, Teens & Binge-worthy TV
If we all lived in a sitcom, would this be the episode that jumped the shark? Seriously. We’re stuck at home, sharing memes and waiting out a virus that sounds like it was named after an MPAA movie rating?! It could only get worse if there was some cheesy storyline about toilet paper. Oh, right... Is there anything that can save this dystopian episode? Yes, yes there is: Join us as we chat with Ben Philippe about his hilarious YA debut The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, the teen angst he’s managing as an online teacher, and his picks for the best shows to binge while sheltered at home. Target grades are 9-12 but all are welcome.
My First Book Club: Let’s read together!
Everything is better together! And group reads are one of the few things we can do TOGETHER while we’re all safely staying apart. To encourage early-grade readers to develop a love of books and bonding, the “My First Book Club” program from Candlewick Press offers a wide selection of book-club picks and related handouts/ activity sheets/ discussion guides to help educators and parents get their littles hooked on books! Join us for a mini, online book club bash as Bunnicula author James Howe reads aloud from his chapter-book Houndsley & Catina and Kate Messner reads aloud from Fergus & Zeke. Tune in for laughs and learning with these endearing early elementary selections! Target grades are K-3 but all are welcome.
Bilingual Book Talk
There’s something special about reading new and engaging literature in your native tongue—especially for bilingual students and young English Language Learners. Through quality Spanish-language books that reflect their lives and their cultures, these young readers find both pride and passion in their identities! Join Newbery Medal-winning author Meg Medina (Merci Suárez Changes Gears, grades 5-8) and Spanish-language author/illustrators Tania de Regil (Un Nuevo Hogar, grades K-3) and Juana Medina (Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas, grades 2-4) for a bilingual book talk and read-aloud, where we’ll talk about these fun and relatable Spanish-language selections. Target grades are K-8 but all are welcome.
Tundra Books presents "Lunch with Megabat"
featuring author Anna Humphrey and illustrator Kass Reich
Bring your lunch and celebrate the release of MEGABAT IS A FRAIDYBAT with the creators! Author Anna Humphrey will do a short reading followed by a drawing demonstration by illustrator Kass Reich. There will also be time for a Q&A and stay tuned for an activity to do at home!
This newest book in the MEGABAT series is a May 2020 release in JLG's Independent Readers category. Check out these MEGABAT favorites, fun and funny escapades perfect for grades 2-4.