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November 24, 2014

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Behind the Scenes: The 2014 SLJ Best Books List

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An inside look at how the SLJ book review editors chose the 70 Best Books of 2014. View a slideshow of our favorite titles and download a printable version of the list.

St. Louis School Librarian Offers LibGuide on Ferguson

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“As a librarian, I always feel like I have to share what resources are out there and the best of what is out there,” says St. Louis school librarian Katie Voss, who created an online LibGuide of materials related to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

Mighty Mosasaurus | Touch and Go

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‘Mosasaurus’ is the latest app from Oceanhouse Media based on Smithsonian ‘Prehistoric Pals’ print series. This “mighty ruler of the sea” grew to 55 feet in length and weighed 20 tons.

In the Line of Fire: Perspectives on War

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Although they focus on different historical events, represent various viewpoints, and employ an assortment of formats, three new titles offer riveting perspectives of war and its devastating effects.

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.

A Trio of Trailblazing Performers

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Three new picture books about three African American women born in the early 20th century resound with compelling storytelling, expressive artwork, and a sonorous message about overcoming obstacles and following one’s dreams.

Old Friends, Fresh Stories: New Middle Grade Fantasy

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Fantasy writing for children has a long and storied history, populated with all manner of heroic quests, forgotten prophecies, and strange magic. Despite its near-century of popularity, there is no sign of flagging enthusiasm for this much-beloved genre.

Dire Forecasts | Focus On Extreme Weather

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These titles look at the science behind the development of storms and other weather phenomena, the economic and human impacts, and the abilities to predict and mitigate future occurences.

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Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction

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A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.

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A Mysterious Thief with an Unusual Mission| Touch and Go

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Looking for an app that offers a language-arts lesson ? The Happy Dandelion’s ‘UnStealer’ fits that bill, but does it succeed as story?

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.

The ‘Red Band Society’ and Beyond: YA Novels About Life, Death, and Love

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Filled with humor and heartbreak, poignant emotion, and amazing instances of courage, these young adult offerings are sure to captivate fans of the Red Band Society TV show and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Fighting for a Cause: From the Past to the Present | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inform, inspire, and guide today’s change makers by opening their eyes and spurring them to action.

Game On! Playful Apps for Children (and Adults) | Touch and Go

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Five spot-on game apps offer kids (and adults) hours of fun and challenges.

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Stories for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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In addition to the classic holiday books, these new, diverse selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to please kids and can be used to celebrate upcoming festive occasions, such as Halloween, Nochebuena, Chanukah, and Chinese New Year.

Heroes and Monsters: Tales from Around the Globe | Focus On World Myths

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A collection of stories that have come down through the ages and includes myths, legends, and folktales, all with a heroic quest at the core.

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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.