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September 29, 2014

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The Stuff of Stars | New Picture Book Biographies

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New picture book bios by Barb Rosenstock, G. Neri, Jen Bryant, and others, lead this fall’s star studded lists.

Stolen Kisses | Romances to Tempt Teen Readers

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Conjuring up illicit but intoxicating chance meeting and burning passion, forbidden love is a tried-and-true trope that teens gravitate toward.

Debut Novels for Middle Schoolers│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Joining the ranks of other first-time novelists are a business school graduate, a Katrina survivor, a magistrate, and a Vassar graduate. Writing about adoption, natural disasters, multiple sclerosis, suicide, and demons, these writers explore situations that often trouble many young teens.

Meet Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor: Great Books About the Roosevelts

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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Ken Burns’s seven-part documentary film about the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, recently premiered on PBS. Ranging from picture-book accounts to more in-depth biographies, the books featured here will both inform and inspire.

Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Nonfiction Books for Celebrating Hispanic Heritage | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham presents worthy and exemplary informational books for bilingual and Spanish-speaking communities that should be on display not only during Hispanic Heritage Month, but also incorporated into nonfiction bibliographies year-round.

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Haunting Reads: A Roundup of Scary Selections | Focus On

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This roundup of eerie titles, just in time for Halloween, is guaranteed to keep readers up at night, turning pages as their hearts pound. These dark and creepy tales offer vicarious chills to be enjoyed in the warmth and comfort of one’s own room.

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Bibliophile’s Delight: Books that Celebrate Creative Writing, Book Lovers, and Libraries

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Introduce and nurture independent writing, generate enthusiasm for books and reading, and the support language arts curriculum standards with these new picture books.

Real-life Heroes, Unspeakable Tragedies—and Kittens | Hi-Interest Nonfiction for Children and Teens

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Unusual topics and funky facts about our world pepper this selection of high-interest nonfiction titles for students.

Early Literacy Picture Books for Fostering Lifelong Learners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In anticipation of The Horn Book and SLJ’s “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event, check out the following early literacy selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

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Ten great graphic novels for schools; online resources; publishers’ lesson plans and teaching support; and and other recommended reading.

Ring the Bell: Back-to-School YA Titles

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The new school year brings teens the possibilities of new friendships. In Malala’s case, it meant fighting for her right to even go to school. In a fantasy novel, being one of the “in crowd” could mean your death. The following selections from Junior Library Guild editors will lead readers into the divergent worlds of life in high school.

Supporting Common Core Standards with Audiobooks| Listen In

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Many of the standards from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading were well supported by selected audiobooks.

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Celebrating Titles that “Mind the Gap” at ‘The Horn Book’ at Simmons Event │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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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.

‘Til We Meet Again: New Series Installments for Intermediate Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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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.

Buried Treasure: Real and Imagined Adventure Titles | Focus On

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The following is a treasure trove of titles that are bound to capture the attention and spark the imaginations of readers. They are chock-full of action, adventure, and derring-do, guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

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Sister, Sister: Sibling Drama in Young Adult Literature

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Delving into everything from rivalries and heartbreaks to cold shoulders and warm embraces, three recent young adult novels each explore a facet of that bond among young women coming of age simultaneously, bound by blood, and, often, friendship.

New Series Entries for Independent Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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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

Queens Library to Offer PreK Class in Fall 2015

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In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.

Backpacks, Lunch Boxes, and Giggles Galore: Back-to-School Adventures

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This year’s crop of back-to-school titles balances familiar elements with inventive plots to explore commonplace qualms and quandaries with creativity and pizzazz.