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May 22, 2015

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Deborah B. Ford

About Deborah B. Ford

Deborah is the Director of Library Outreach for Junior Library Guild. She is an award-winning teacher librarian with almost 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools.

You Know that Book with the Blue Cover? │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Earmuffs for Everyone

You don’t have to work in the library for very long before someone asks for a book by its cover color. This week’s selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild feature a number of subjects, but all these picture books have one thing in common: a blue cover.

It’s Natural: Science Picture Books for Storytime │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Sparking kids’ excitement in the natural world during STEAM-themed lessons or storytimes is easy when you choose from the following titles. Add an experiment, or visit the resources suggested, and kids will leave the library with a plethora of new knowledge about their world.

Can You Keep a Secret? Suspense-Filled Middle Grade Novels│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Secrets are kept for any number of reasons: embarrassment, guilt, or even fear. The following selections chosen by the editors at Junior Library Guild deliver suspense through revelations to middle grade readers.

A Spoonful of Sugar: History Lessons from Riveting Novels │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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These works of historical fiction from Junior Library Guild expertly blend fact and storytelling, tackling figures such as magician Chung Ling Soo and events such as Operation Pied Piper.

Spring Has Sprung: New Titles for a New Season │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Queen of the Diamond

Whether your readers still see snow out of the window or there are flowers in the schoolyard, the following springtime selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to be welcomed.

Top-Notch YA Novels with Male Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Teen readers are in for a treat with these books featuring male protagonists. Whether it’s a new book in the series or a standalone title, the following selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild live up to the promise that we’ve come to expect from these books by award-winning writers.

No More Dead Dogs: Canine Characters that Live to Tell the Tale │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Unleashed

Dog books have always been popular, but readers often have the ever-present worry that the canine characters will die by a work’s end. Kids can relax about the life expectancy of the pets in the following selections by Junior Library Guild editors, as these puppies live to tell the tale.

Turn STEM to STEAM: Arts-Themed Nonfiction for Kids │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Fun Things to do with Egg cartons

The success of the maker space movement underlines the fact that kids want a safe haven for experimenting, crafting, and learning. The power of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) becomes even stronger when combined with literacy. The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inspire young creative geniuses.

Heartrending YA Novels by Blockbuster Female Authors

Darkest Part of the Forest

From fan favorites like Holly Black and Gayle Forman to newcomer Aisha Saeed, the following female authors have created works that attest to the power of the imagination and world-building. The editors at Junior Library Guild share these powerful favorites.

Not-to-be-Missed 2014 Middle Grade Novels │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Fourteenth

From a new series opener to a final installment, the following are some of our favorite authors’ 2014 not-to-be-missed hits for middle grade readers. Kids will find glimpses of themselves in diverse fictional worlds as these A-Listers transport them into the following selections from Junior Library Guild editors.

To Be Continued: Series Novels for Teens │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Prairie Fire

Beloved authors and favorite characters are what make series books a mainstay of the rabid reader’s diet. Looking ahead to 2015, some favorite stories conclude while new series arrive to pick up the mantle. Share the following booktalks selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Stellar Beginning Chapter Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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From a new work by renowned author Cornelia Funke to a sweet book by John Himmelman, these wonderful selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will appeal to emerging readers.

Show But Don’t Tell: Must-Have Wordless Picture Books │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Wordless picture books allow readers to interpret their own stories. Check out these booktalks and resources for fun 2014 works, such as Aaron Becker’s sequel to the acclaimed Journey and graphic novel–inspired Bow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors.

Tissue Box Novels for Middle Graders | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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This week’s column features books with kids who are struggling in school. From a young girl who lost her hearing to a boy who is having trouble remembering his spelling words, the protagonists in these heartwarming middle grade novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inspire empathy in young readers.

And the Winners Are: Teen Lit Award Contenders │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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With the American Library Association Midwinter meeting just weeks away, all eyes turn to lists of the best releases of 2014. Water cooler conversations and social media heat up with passionate discussion of fan favorites. Who will be the winners of the coveted prizes?

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your middle graders will show them that they are not alone.

New Storytime Treasures: Future Classics Today │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Looking for new titles to replace storytime favorites? Look no further than these timeless selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Ivan, Clara, and the Freedom Tree: History in Picture Books │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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How did Clara Barton, Benjamin Franklin, Ivan the gorilla, and others evolve from ordinary characters to historical superstars? Find out their backstories, and other chronicled events of times past, in these titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

A Banker, a Painter, and a Music Maker: Inspirational Picture Book Biographies │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Digging into someone’s past allows readers to connect to their future. Whether it’s a well-known name like Joe DiMaggio or a less-known figure like Muhammad Yunus, the subjects in the following biographies will inspire kids to overcome obstacles.

Making a Grand Entrance: Debut Picture Book Authors │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Where do new picture book authors come from? The answers vary. The creators of the featured titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild come from fields as varied as social work and wildlife conservation.