November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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.

New Storytime Treasures: Future Classics Today │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Looking for new titles to replace storytime favorites? Look no further than these timeless selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Ivan, Clara, and the Freedom Tree: History in Picture Books │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

How did Clara Barton, Benjamin Franklin, Ivan the gorilla, and others evolve from ordinary characters to historical superstars? Find out their backstories, and other chronicled events of times past, in these titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

A Banker, a Painter, and a Music Maker: Inspirational Picture Book Biographies │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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.

Making a Grand Entrance: Debut Picture Book Authors │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What’s the Story?: Words Make the Tale | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Ring the Bell: Back-to-School YA Titles

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

History That Bears Repeating: Picture Book Nonfiction │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Fascinating narrative nonfiction satisfies the curriculum while quenching kids’ thirst for a riveting story. The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, including picture books about Gandhi and Stubby the War Dog, will intrigue young readers.

More from the Class of 2014 YA Debut Novelists | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

The Class of 2014 YA debut novelists continues to launch into literary fame. The assembled titles have already gathered nine starred reviews and are sure to leave their mark on readers and YA literature.

SummerTeen 2014 Authors Hit the Mark with New Releases │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

SLJ’s SummerTeen 2014 is nearly upon us. This free event on July 24 features some of the best YA authors―up close and personal. Check out the latest releases from the featured guests. Resources for the selected titles are included in this column’s award-winning LiveBinder.