November 26, 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.

To Weed or Not to Weed? Criteria to ensure that your nonfiction collection remains up to date | Everyday Librarian


With a growing emphasis on nonfiction in the curriculum, it’s time to examine what’s sitting on school library shelves.

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Tears will Be Shed: Heart-Wrenching Novels for Middle Grades │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Penderwicks in Spring

Keep a box of tissues nearby. The following novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to pull heartstrings.

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Picture Books for Storytime | JLG’s Booktalks to Go


Sharing picture books about dogs and cats is a surefire way to get kids excited about storytime. The following titles chosen by the editors at Junior Library Guild are bound to please your listeners—whether they have a pet or not.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After. Or Not. | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Forgotten Sisters

While in traditional fairy tales, villains get their comeuppance while princes and princesses live happily ever after, intriguing takes on the genre play with tropes with ingenious results.

Biographies to Blow Your Mind | JLG Booktalks to Go

Book cover Emmanuels Dream

Though biographies aren’t always most kids’ first choice for pleasure reading, they may feel differently when they get their hands on these stunning picture books that highlight some truly amazing individuals.

Friendship: Real, Imagined, and Spare │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go


If keeping friends is difficult, making them must seem insurmountable for some kids. The following intermediate chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild offer all kinds of situations that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel as if they’ve found new friends.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.