November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Books About Friendship: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Friends who are mean, change, and moving are probably not anyone’s favorite subjects. The following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild focus on friendship with life lessons that all young readers can learn.

Friends 4 Ever: Picks for Preschool Storytime │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes a friendship seems unlikely because of different cultures or even species, but despite differences, a bond forms. The following are books, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, will be a hit in storytimes.

Pets Do the Strangest (and Most Wonderful) Things: Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Having a pet―no matter what it is―can inspire some amazing stories. The following selections of pet tales are no exceptions. Check out these critter-filled picture books selected by Junior Library Guild editors.

What Makes a Family?: Novels for Middle Grade Readers | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Today’s families are increasingly blended, made up of different cultures and circumstances. Children’s literature reflects this growing trend with books that feature biracial kids, matriarch-led households, and more. Offer these new titles by award-winning fan favorites selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

No More Pink: Independent Readers with Independent Female Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

From a naughty girl-turned-spy to a best friend who sometimes makes mistakes, these strong female characters make their own choices, even when it’s scary to do so.

Birds of a Feather: Fiction and Nonfiction Books for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Books about birds can teach kids amazing facts about nature, and they can also make them laugh. From a lost chicken in the city to a pigeon who really needs a bath, these following titles will be a feather in your cap.

Stellar Nonfiction for Young Readers│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

From amazing facts about eyes to an artist who could see colors, the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild fill a need for top-notch nonfiction that captures the imagination while feeding the demand for increased rigor.

Picture Books About Women Who Made a Difference │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

In honor of Women’s History Month, use the following booktalks and tools to share these new picture books about independent women who broke records, fought segregation, and inspired others to follow their dreams.

The Latest from Sheila Turnage and Tim Federle │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Middle grade titles by Sheila Turnage, Tim Federle, and newcomers Natalie Lloyd and Henry Clark combine humor and poignancy, creating the perfect recipe for great reads. Incorporate the following booktalks and tools when sharing these powerful books with kids.

Resources for Coretta Scott King Award Winners │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

The winners of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Medals and four honor books were announced at the 2014 Youth Media Awards. Incorporate the following booktalks and tools when sharing these powerful books with young readers.

JLG Selections Score Big at ALA Youth Media Awards

Junior Library Guild has called it: of the Youth Media Award winner and honor books, 35 were JLG selections.

Resources for Award-Winning Middle Grade Fiction │JLG’s Booktalks to Go

With the award season in full swing, how can you make the best use of the wonderful books you’re adding to your collection? Junior Library Guild’s Deborah B. Ford offers booktalks and resources for acclaimed fiction titles for elementary readers.

Winning Over Fidgety Listeners with New Storytime Classics │ JLG’s On the Radar

Do you have kids who wiggle and chatter while you read to them? Junior Library Guild editors have selected new picture book titles that will engage restless children from the first page to the last.

Snowy Tales for Wintry Days │ JLG’s On the Radar

Snow has already fallen across the country, and now that the calendar page has turned to December, kids have winter on their minds―no matter where they live. The following selections chosen by the editors at Junior Library Guild are just the ticket for cold wintry days.

Star-Studded Science for Common Core Support │ JLG’s On the Radar

Scientists encounter amazing phenomena in their work. Narrative nonfiction provides readers with answers and teachers with informational texts for curriculum standards support. The following science titles, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, are sure to foster an interest in knowing more about our world, and the scientists who study it.

The Beat Goes On: Brilliant Middle Grade Sequels │ JLG’s On the Radar

Junior Library Guild editors share fun sequels for independent readers. These follow-ups include new entries in favorite series by Lemony Snicket and Jack Gantos, and will have kids anxiously waiting for their next titles.

Walter Dean Myers Leads the Charge to War │JLG’s On the Radar Teen

John F. Kennedy said, “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” Learning about our history can prevent atrocities from happening again. Veteran writers tackle the impact of war in the following young adult books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

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

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.

Junior Library Guild Offers Free Online Fundraising Program for Librarians

Junior Library Guild has created a new online program to assist school and public libraries in their fundraising programs. Love Our Library, which launched this month, allows librarians to quickly set up their own pages that can be used to collect direct donations and to promote fundraising events. The initiative also offers free downloadable, print-ready marketing materials for libraries’ fundraising.

Ghosts and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night │ JLG’s On the Radar

When kids have long outgrown the nightmare in their closet, they still clamor for a story that scares them into sleeping with the lights on. From zombies to murdering ghosts, the following new fiction titles, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will keep middle school readers looking over their shoulders.