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October 23, 2014

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Put a Little Spook On Your iPad | Apps for the Halloween Season

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Two iPad apps will put your middle grade students in the Halloween mood.

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.

Transitioning to Chapter Books | Series Standbys

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What are your favorite series titles for children making their first forays into chapter books? We’ve listed a few of ours.

From Easy Readers to First Chapter Books | Titles to Ease the Transition

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This sampling of well-written, pleasingly illustrated books formatted with independent readers in mind will help students make the transition from easy readers to longer chapter books.

Separating a City—and Families

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On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beth Kephart’s compelling YA novel ‘Going Over’ offers a story of the human impact of the barrier, which separated not just the city, but friends and families on either side.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Bones | New Books About the Human Body

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The human body is an amazing machine. A number of new titles address how it develops, how to keep it functioning smoothly, and individual differences—all subjects reflected in the K–12 curriculum.

Paying Homage to Walter Dean Myers | Listen In

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Audiobooks that showcase the exceptional stories made possible by the groundbreaking work of a man whose life was changed by reading and writing.

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Fall Fun: Great Books About Autumn

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Revel in crisp, cool days while sharing these lyrical and information-packed picture books about the shift in seasons.

The Civil Rights Movement & More | Best of Apps & Enhanced Books

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Two apps on the Civil Right Movement and a pirate story headline our best-of-the-month column.

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Magic and Mayhem: New Tales of the Supernatural | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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Looking for some creepy reads to fluff up the Halloween reading display? These titles with a supernatural bent will pull in your teen readers with great covers, and terrific stories.

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.

The Big Screen’s ‘Dear White People’ and a Roundup of Not-to-Miss YA Novels

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Dear White People, written and directed by Justin Simien, takes a satirical look at race relations in America. Be prepared for the October 17 premiere with a selection of books for teens that deal with intolerance, civil rights, and racism.

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.