April 24, 2014

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


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

cat in the hat

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

the word "train" in large white letters on a blue sky background

The book perfectly captures the feeling of riding the rails.

Pick of the Day: Moo!

red car, cartoon cow, blue background

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

Pick of the Day: Outfoxed

Fox to the left holding duck

A clever duck manages to avoid a fox’s cookpot

Celebrating Picture Books: Not Just For Kids

Maurice Sendak A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

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

large tree, little girl at its base

Lessons on life, love, and vegetable gardening

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

Penguin on vacation

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

Papa's Mechanical Fish

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

a long way away

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


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

many mythical creatures, space background

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

Librarian, Blogger, Author: Betsy Bird Talks About ‘Giant Dance Party’

Photo by Sonya Sones

Longtime School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird, the New York Public Library’s youth materials collections specialist, can add published author to her name this year. Her festive debut picture book, Giant Dance Party, is about a girl who overcomes her stage fright by teaching blue fuzzy giants how to dance. SLJ caught up with Bird recently to discuss her unique path to publication, how her work as a children’s librarian informed her experience as a first-time author, and whether Lexy and the giants will be making a repeat performance.

Pick of the Day: Inside Outside

boy peering through window on left side of cover

A wordless concept book that is chock-full of homey details

Pick of the Day: Steam Train, Dream Train

red train, blue background

Train lovers everywhere will embrace this book.

Picture Book About Islam Ignites Twitter Battle


Children’s book author and former teacher Kate Messner has always had a passion for sharing books with kids, so when she recommended Hena Khan’s Golden Domes and Silver Lanternsto her Twitter followers for its portrayal of Islam, she did not expect the backlash she received. A few days after the original message, someone who does not follow her on Twitter replied with the below, continuing an intense multiday exchange with her about what he believes to be “the real Islam.”

Pick of the Day: Shimmer & Splash

blue water, yellow lettering

An overview of sea life from coral reefs to sailfish, sea jellies to fiddler crabs.

Pick of the Day: Brush of the Gods

book title in brushstrokes against white background

Stunning ink, watercolor, and pencil artwork brings to life ancient China.

Pick of the Day: Papa’s Mechanical Fish

submarine surrounded by turqoise sea

With luminous, playful artwork, an exuberant look at the development of one of the first submarines.

Pick of the Day: The Mighty Lalouche

legs in red striped tights

A captivating tale about small people capable of great feats