The new year is always a time of optimism. This year in particular, positive tendencies will influence our work in schools and public libraries.
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This week’s column features books with kids who are struggling in school. From a young girl who lost her hearing to a boy who is having trouble remembering his spelling words, the protagonists in these heartwarming middle grade novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inspire empathy in young readers.
We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your middle graders will show them that they are not alone.
Viktoria Henderson used social media and word of mouth to get local celebrities, from the Tennessee governor and his wife to author Nikki Giovanni, to make video booktalks for her students.
The buzz on Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie produced and directed film hitting theaters on December 25, is growing. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s adult title of the same name, the movie is sure to provoke interest in the YA adaptation and other World War II era works for teens.
National Novel Writing Month, during November, can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students aiming to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.
Big Bang Press selects fan fiction writers and artists and invites them to create and professionally publish original work. The publisher’s debut title, A Hero at the End of the World, releases on November 11.
Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.
The author of Wicked, the book that spawned the blockbuster Broadway play, Gregory Maguire talks with SLJ about his latest otherworldly novel Egg and Spoon, who should be reading it, and why fairy tales are necessary nutrition for the modern world.
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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.
While graphic novels are increasingly used as teaching tools, their strong imagery can be a double-edged sword.
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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.
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
With a little danger, some suspense, and a dose of the supernatural, these middle grade titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have kids reading long past their curfew.
After JK Rowling published a new post about Harry Potter as a 34-year-old man visiting the World Quidditch Cup Final with his family in Patagonia on July 8, Daniel Radcliffe not only promised to read it, but said he would not likely be playing Harry Potter again. “We can’t be doing these characters when we’re 40. So there has to be a line drawn.”
Is there a more wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon than with a pile of amazing books and an icy beverage? Check out the ready-to-use resources in JLG’s Booktalks to Go’s award-winning LiveBinder for incorporating these titles into lessons or booktalks.
Writing historical fiction calls for lots of research. Language, clothing, housing, technology are just the tip of the factual iceberg when it comes to building a story based on actual events. Use the following fictional titles, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, to support the Common Core while leading middle schoolers to the facts.
Edge of Tomorrow, an adrenaline-charged blockbuster, blasts into theaters on June 6. Whether dipping into time-touring paradoxes, unwelcome alien intruders, the perilous consequences of science misused, or warp-velocity adventure, the riveting reads assembled here will reel in moviegoers as well as genre enthusiasts.