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July 29, 2014

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NYT Reveals Winners of 2013 Best Illustrated Kid Lit Award

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The New York Times Book Review announced its annual 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books today, October 30. The selections include Maurice Sendak’s last children’s work and stellar offerings from Brian Floca, Kadir Nelson, and Fanny Brit.

Make Room for Debut Picture Book Authors and Illustrators | JLG’s On the Radar

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In a season of amazing new picture books, first-time kid lit writers and illustrators offer wonderful additions for librarians’ collections this fall. From an internationally acclaimed illustrator to an advertising agency creative director who “let the story” come to him, the following titles, selected by the editors of Junior Library Guild, have already garnered much praise.

Memoirs: Stories From a Life | Focus On

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These first-person narratives introduce readers to the subjects’ lives and experiences and help to preserve history through the eyes of someone who was there. They make for compelling reading—and are great choices for meeting the Common Core requirements for nonfiction.

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Wordless Picture Books That Speak Volumes | JLG’s On the Radar

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In most books, words and pictures go hand in hand to tell the story. In a select few, the plot is revealed through the illustrations on the pages and the imagination of a reader. Background knowledge, creativity, and key elements embedded in the narrative allow children to form their own ideas as they interpret the illustrations. The following wordless—or nearly wordless—selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild provide the perfect setting to increase fluency in storytelling.

Pick of the Day: Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter

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This wordy picture book will introduce children not only to the joys of spelling but also to words like “lulu” and “crackerjack.”

Read for the Record with Loren Long and ‘Otis’

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Read for the Record Day is October 3, and children all over the country will be celebrating by reading Loren Long’s Otis, including the students at teacher librarian Shannon McClintock Miller’s school. Five lucky classrooms that pledge by September 25 will also get the opportunity to chat with the author in a Google+ Hangout.

Small Stories, Big Characters: A Chat with Author Kevin Henkes

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Beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes has nearly 50 titles to his name, ranging from picture books to novels for young readers. On the heels of his turn as opening keynote speaker at our annual Day of Dialog (DoD), Henkes is joining SLJ again, this time for an exclusive live webcast. As we look forward to hearing him speak and answer questions from kids, parents, and teachers, we sat down with Henkes for an in-depth chat about his career so far, his creative process, and his next projects.

Beyond Basic Concepts: Seeking Colors, Shapes, and Patterns in Our World

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In addition to reinforcing some of the basics, the concept books highlighted here encourage kids to explore their familiar milieu with a fresh eye, hone observation skills and learn to note details, and begin to organize and categorize information. The stunning visuals and clever use of language exhibited in these offerings will also rouse imaginations and fortify vocabularies.

People Who Left Their Mark: Picture Book Biographies | JLG’s On the Radar

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From breaking gender barriers to being the forerunner in children’s books illustrating, the subjects in the following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

Dr. Seuss Ebooks Finally Available September 24

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Children’s book classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat and the Hat will be available in ebook format for the first time beginning on September 24. Fifteen of author/illustrator Dr. Seuss’s (aka Theodor Geisel) beloved titles will make their digital debut on that date, keeping the original layouts and iconic illustrations from their print editions, says publisher Random House Children’s. By November 2013, a total of 41 ebooks will be available for children, parents, and educators.

Pick of the Day: Train

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The book perfectly captures the feeling of riding the rails.

Pick of the Day: Moo!

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Punctuation, repetition, and rhythm give the word “moo” multiple meanings in this bold and funny picture book.

Pick of the Day: Outfoxed

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A clever duck manages to avoid a fox’s cookpot

Celebrating Picture Books: Not Just For Kids

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the prestigious Caldecott Award, bestowed annually to the “artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” Here’s a look at a few books about past and recent recipients.

Pick of the Day: Sophie’s Squash

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Lessons on life, love, and vegetable gardening

Friendship-Making 101: Picture Books for Elementary Students | JLG’s On the Radar

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Making friends can be difficult for everyone. The following picture book selections by Junior Library Guild editors offer characters who find kindred spirits where they least expect them.

JLG’s On the Radar | Dare to be Different: Picture Books for Elementary Students

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The following picture books, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, highlight real-life people who had the strength to be who they truly were. Share these titles with students to encourage them to accept the differences in all of us.

Read A Picture…Book | Bold New Titles for Bolstering Visual Literacy and Discussing Design

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Packed with child appeal, these tantalizingly creative titles will fortify reading skills and engender enthusiasm for literature, as they challenge readers’ imaginations.

Costumed Revelers Honor ALSC Youth Media Award Winners | ALA 2013

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Dressed in book-themed costumes and hats, hundreds of enthusiastic librarians gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago to honor the winners of the 2013 Caldecott, Newbery, and Wilder Awards, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children.

Pick of the Day: Toys in Space

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This is an offbeat story-within-a-story about an alien who collects abandoned toys.