September 24, 2016

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SLJ’s September Popular Picks

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SLJ‘s September 2016 Popular Picks feature some great titles that your kids and teens will be clamoring for: Eoin Colfer’s Iron Man adventure, the latest “Bad Kitty” book, Melissa Sweet’s biography of E.B. White, and more.

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Fusenews: The occasional “unruly pleasure”

I’ve done it again.  Delayed my Fusenews too long and now this post is going to overflow with too much good stuff.  Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. Me stuff for the start. And in fact, there just so much Me Stuff today that I’m just going to cram it all into this little paragraph […]

Kickstarter Launch for “The Read Quarterly,” Children’s Literature Magazine

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The magazine will contain an original four-part Eoin Colfer story, “Holy Mary,” publishing over the course of its first year. Author Neil Gaiman appears in a video for the Kickstarter campaign.

Video Sunday: MIT’s Faculty Lounge and Other Mysteries

Video Sunday: MIT’s Faculty Lounge and Other Mysteries

No time to dilly-dally, people! We’ve most of our peers and betters living it up in Las Vegas. Let’s soothe our sorrows of not attending ourselves in some lovely videos then, eh whot? First off, you may have known that there was a recent Boston Children’s Book Trivia Night. But did you know there was […]

Video Sunday: “One floating duck does not a children’s book make”

Video Sunday: “One floating duck does not a children’s book make”

I’ll confess to you that I think I just discovered the secret to Video Sunday.  If I “Favorite” videos I see in Twitter throughout the week I end up having a MUCH stronger series than if I’d just scouted them out on my own.  Phew!  Happy to know there’s a secret there. Now in the […]

New Fast-Paced Middle Grade Series Openers │ JLG’s On the Radar

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Eoin Colfer and Gordon Korman lead the pack this fall with first books in new series. From magic to hypnotism and fantastical creatures to pirates, these novels selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have middle grade readers anticipating their next installments.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Great Graphic Novels to Use in Your Common Core Classroom

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These graphic novels that include tales of space travel, American history, and more, will entertain middle grade readers while also satisfying Common Core standards.

Video: ‘Middle School Snake Charmers’ Hold Forth at SLJ Day of Dialog

The prospect of working with adolescents may inspire fear in some, “but for a small, dedicated group of us, middle school is where it’s at,” said librarian Jennifer Hubert Swan, who gleaned some insight on engaging young readers from panelists Sharon Creech, Eoin Colfer, Rebecca Stead, Joan Bauer, and James Dashner at SLJ’s event held June 4 at the Javits Center in New York.

SLJ 2012 Day of Dialog: Keeping Middle Schoolers Engaged

From Left: Sharon Creech, Joan Bauer, Eoin Colfer, James Dashner, Jennifer Hubert Swain, Rebecca Stead

Middle school students are a “hormonally charged” bunch who are “full of complex contradictions” and just “want a voice,” say authors who participated in SLJ’s 2012 Day of Dialog on June 4 at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.