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December 11, 2014

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Selecting Children’s Books: A Reader’s Advisory by ‘The Horn Book’ Editors | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

The Horn Book editors Martha Parravano and Roger Sutton. Photos by Carolyn Sun.

Humorous quips and nursery rhymes punctuated the lively reader’s advisory discussion at the recent “Fostering Lifelong Learners” event in Ohio.

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

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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.

JLG Selections Score Big at ALA Youth Media Awards

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

Junior Library Guild Offers Free Online Fundraising Program for Librarians

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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.

Orphans Abound: Conquering Larger-than-Life Hurdles | JLG’s On the Radar

Real Boy

From Victorian England to modern day America, orphaned children often face struggles that kids with parents rarely confront. However, most middle-grade students will relate to the issues explored in these new fiction titles―from poverty to self-confidence―selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild. In fact, these works may give young readers hope about their own issues, while giving them stories that help them step back from their own realities.

New Titles for Fans of Holly Black, Chris Crutcher, and More | JLG’s Teen On the Radar

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Four favorite YA authors―Holly Black, Chris Crutcher, Nancy Farmer, and Neal Shusterman―have new titles out, and fans will be clamoring for them. From a study room that’s run like Las Vegas to the cruise of a lifetime gone bad, you’ll find suspense, humor, horror, and thrills in this selection from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Choldenko and Haddix Deliver Satisfying Sequels | JLG’s On the Radar

Al capone Does my Homework

The following shelf-worthy additions selected by the editors of Junior Library Guild offer readers hard-to-put-down follow-ups by Newbery-winning and NY Times-bestselling authors. From the conclusion of Gennifer Choldenko’s “Al Capone” series and the latest title in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s “The Missing” books, these choices will be a slam dunk for kids and librarians.

Tough Choices for Tough Boys: New Titles Explore “Manhood” | JLG’s On the Radar

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From paperboy routes to dealing with a dad fighting in Afghanistan, these new releases selected by Junior Library Guild editors feature boys who make difficult, life-altering decisions.

Sharon Creech and other Fan-Favorite Authors | JLG’s On the Radar

Boy on the Porch

From Kate DiCamillo to David Lubar, the editors at Junior Library Guild have selected new titles by beloved authors that readers will be hankering for this fall.

JLG’s On the Radar | Dare to be Different: Picture Books for Elementary Students

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The following picture books, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, highlight real-life people who had the strength to be who they truly were. Share these titles with students to encourage them to accept the differences in all of us.

JLG’s On the Radar: Biographies for Upper Elementary Students

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Junior Library Guild editors select illustrated picture book biographies on remarkable Americans that are perfect for inspiring children in Grades 2 to 6. These include a new take on Albert Einstein and a brief look at how libraries became more accessible to young readers.

JLG’s On the Radar: Fantasy for Middle School Readers

House of Secrets

In the last 12 years, the fantasy genre has dominated the middle grade market. Thanks to “Harry Potter”, children worry less about the number of pages, and authors have been happy to comply with longer imaginative offerings. These lengthy tomes are fast-paced reads, full of magical creatures, daring adventures, and loyal characters that fight for the good of all. In the following titles selected by JLG editors, themes of family and friendship are woven into sets of enchanted lands, and fans can escape to a place where their own problems seem far away.

JLG’s On the Radar: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

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Junior Library Guild editors select new and fun wordless picture books that provide an opportunity for children to focus on meaning, characters, and plot without the impediment of vocabulary.

JLG’s On the Radar: Be Not Afraid—Picture Books for a Not-So-Scary Storytime

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Junior Library Guild editors select picture books perfect for the younger set who beg for a scary story, but are safe enough to prevent nightmares.

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

Captive Prince

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

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Cast Your Vote for These Presidential Titles

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Though Election Day is behind us, it’s never too late for a president-related story, whether it’s a light graphic novel or enlightening poems.

Interview: JLG’s Susan Marston Talks About the Hottest Upcoming Books for Fall 2012

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We sat down with Susan Marston, editorial director of Junior Library Guild (JLG), which is owned by SLJ’s parent company, Media Source, to talk about the top upcoming books for kids and teens.