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December 18, 2014

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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.

Teaching STEAM with Lois Ehlert: Preschool isn’t too early to introduce STEM + art

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The books of Lois Ehlert, with their vivid-hued collages, are a staple of the storytime shelf—and a great start for teaching STEAM concepts to toddlers and preschoolers. Which of your favorite titles would fit into a preschool science program? Share them here.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

What’s the Story?: Words Make the Tale | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Storytellers are weavers of words. Their choice of what to say and how to say it binds listeners in a mesmerizing spell of letters. The following books for children, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, will work their way into the minds and hearts of young readers.

A Picture Paints 1,000 Words: Books About the Power of Art │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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The following selections by the editors of Junior Library Guild are sure to encourage budding artists and can be incorporated into a school’s art curriculum.

A New Picture Book Biography About a Transgender Girl | Up Close

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In this picture book biography, young readers meet Jazz Jennings, a young girl who knew from a very early age that she had “a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A New Approach to Sharks: Author Katherine Roy’s Work in the Field

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Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.

Children’s Book About Gun-Toting Parents Gets A Public Beat Down by Stephen Colbert

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After HBO talk show host Bill Maher airs a segment about a book called My Parents Open Carry, about a 13-year-old girl and her gun-toting parents, the book becomes a popular subject of mockery—with former Egmont USA publisher Elizabeth Law weighing in on the conversation.

Field Trip to the Animal Kingdom | Great Books About Zoos

What's New? The Zoo!

From a lonely gorilla to a confused moose to a missing koala, these great titles will inspire real and imagined trips to the zoo.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

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SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

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

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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.

Cool Correspondence | Great Books About Writing Letters

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The lost art of written communication is explored and celebrated in these lively picture books.

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

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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.

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

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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.

First Book Pledges to Buy Diverse Books | BEA 2014

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On May 13, First Book, a nonprofit committed to providing books to children in need, called for U.S. publishers to publish diverse picture books and then pledged to buy 10,000 copies of each title selected by First Book. The nonprofit will also fund affordable paperback editions of diverse titles that are only publicly available in expensive hardcover formats.

How Wordless Picture Books Empower Children | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

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Wordless picture books allow children to project their own imaginations upon a story and “own it,” as author/illustrator Bob Staake, along with Aaron Becker, Raul Colón, and Molly Idle discussed during a lively panel at School Library Journal’s 2014 Day of Dialog.

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

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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.

How Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance

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A study by author Krista Maywalt Aronson revealed that children who looked at picture books portraying children from different races together reported more interest in playing across difference.