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July 28, 2014

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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.

SummerTeen 2014 Authors Hit the Mark with New Releases │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Like No Other

SLJ’s SummerTeen 2014 is nearly upon us. This free event on July 24 features some of the best YA authors―up close and personal. Check out the latest releases from the featured guests. Resources for the selected titles are included in this column’s award-winning LiveBinder.

Scary, Creepy, and Dangerous: Novels to Read in One Gulp │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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With a little danger, some suspense, and a dose of the supernatural, these middle grade titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have kids reading long past their curfew.

Resources for Summer Fiction Reading Lists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (or, The Pictures Question)

Is there a more wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon than with a pile of amazing books and an icy beverage? Check out the ready-to-use resources in JLG’s Booktalks to Go’s award-winning LiveBinder for incorporating these titles into lessons or booktalks.

Class of 2014: YA Debut Novels | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Vigilante

The class of 2014 includes debuts by novelists who are surely more than one-hit wonders. From current issues in society to murder and reality TV to Cold War Russia, the following selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to leave their mark on YA literature.

The Wonders of Science in Elementary Nonfiction │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Behold the beautiful dung beetle

From dung beetles that eat on the job to farmers who search leaves by hand every day, facts gleaned in the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have your patrons glued to the beautifully illustrated picture books.

Books About Friendship: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Here i am

Friends who are mean, change, and moving are probably not anyone’s favorite subjects. The following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild focus on friendship with life lessons that all young readers can learn.

Picture Books that Make You Laugh Out Loud │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

I didn't do my homework

Tall tales have all the earmarks for great read alouds: outlandish illustrations, hard-to-believe deeds, and larger-than-life heroes. These stories, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, beg to be read again and again.

History in Fiction: More than Just the Facts │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Caminar

Writing historical fiction calls for lots of research. Language, clothing, housing, technology are just the tip of the factual iceberg when it comes to building a story based on actual events. Use the following fictional titles, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, to support the Common Core while leading middle schoolers to the facts.

Sounds of Summer: YA Fiction for Beach Reading | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

This one summer

Beaches. Late nights. No school. Such are the joys of summer. Yet for some teens, those few months give them more time to face their family’s dysfunction―or to make bad choices. Junior Library Guild’s Booktalks to Go Teen selections offer food for thought.

Friends 4 Ever: Picks for Preschool Storytime │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

lion and bird

Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes a friendship seems unlikely because of different cultures or even species, but despite differences, a bond forms. The following are books, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, will be a hit in storytimes.

Herculean History Lessons in New Picture Books │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Pilot and the Prince

They say good things come in small packages. In books with fewer than 40 pages, readers learn about Prince Albert’s invention; How Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words inspired his community to action; and why the writer of a classic children’s book was a pioneer in aviation history. The following selections provide tremendous examples of people who made an impact on history.

It Merely Looks Like a Toaster: Fantasy Novels for Middle Schoolers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

City of Death

Menacing appliances are just one part of the story in Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman’s adventure. Check out the next installments in Pete Hautman’s “Seven Wonders” and Catherine Fisher’s “Obsidian Mirror” series. Rebecca Hahn joins this elite group of fantasy authors with her debut novel for fans of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina.

Pets Do the Strangest (and Most Wonderful) Things: Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Princess SparkleHeart

Having a pet―no matter what it is―can inspire some amazing stories. The following selections of pet tales are no exceptions. Check out these critter-filled picture books selected by Junior Library Guild editors.

YA Books with Diverse Male Protagonists | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Hero Worship

Survival camp, a witness protection program, superheroes, and Tourette Syndrome are all part of this JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen this issue. In addition to being great stories, the characters in each title are diverse and boys of color get a long overdue spotlight on the good side.

New Novels for Intermediate Readers from Andrea Cheng, Kate Klise, and Others │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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For kids who want books that are meatier than independent readers, but are not quite ready for middle grade novels, the following stand-alone and series chapter books—selected by Junior Library Guild editors—will grab their attention.

What Makes a Family?: Novels for Middle Grade Readers | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Today’s families are increasingly blended, made up of different cultures and circumstances. Children’s literature reflects this growing trend with books that feature biracial kids, matriarch-led households, and more. Offer these new titles by award-winning fan favorites selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Boy Hijinks: Independent Readers with Male Protagonists│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

dog days

From adventurous ants to budding magicians and reluctant dog walkers to intrepid big brothers, the characters in the following independent readers tackle friendship woes, class projects, and new hobbies.

No More Pink: Independent Readers with Independent Female Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Fly away

From a naughty girl-turned-spy to a best friend who sometimes makes mistakes, these strong female characters make their own choices, even when it’s scary to do so.

YA A-Listers Deliver New Hits │JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Dangerous

Bring on the A-Listers! Magaret Peterson Haddix, Shannon Hale, Jonathan Corey Whaley, and Chris Wooding all have new titles out that teens will want to know about.

Birds of a Feather: Fiction and Nonfiction Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Pigeon Needs a Bath

Books about birds can teach kids amazing facts about nature, and they can also make them laugh. From a lost chicken in the city to a pigeon who really needs a bath, these following titles will be a feather in your cap.