It’s not too late to register for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book award recipients at the Mind the Gap event at Simmons College on October 10. In the meantime, brush up on the winning titles by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.
Children in second through fourth grades often exhaust a complete series in a matter of weeks. Check out the following chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild that feature characters undergoing the same hijinks and adventures as their young readers.
From Amber Brown to fairly new-on-the-scene Magician Mike Lane, beloved characters are welcomed by young readers. When a well-loved author introduces a new series, librarians also sit up and take notice. The following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild offer independent readers the comfort of well-known friends
Fascinating narrative nonfiction satisfies the curriculum while quenching kids’ thirst for a riveting story. The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, including picture books about Gandhi and Stubby the War Dog, will intrigue young readers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.