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August 1, 2014

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Review of the Day – Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Review of the Day – Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Selected by Paul B. Janeczko Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Candlewick Press $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-7636-4842-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now Is reviewing works of poetry essentially a ridiculous thing to attempt? I’m not trying to be facetious or anything, I honestly want to know. It took me a [...]

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

Scraps by Lois Ehlert

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.

SLJ’s December Cover | Best Books 2013

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School Library Journal’s annual best books issue, this year illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

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

Papa's Mechanical Fish

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: Stars to Chocolate Bars—New Science Nonfiction for Elementary Students

Pluto's Secret

These new nonfiction titles can inform and inspire young readers as they learn about their world―from roots to stars. Junior Library Guild editors select the latest informational books for budding scientists.

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

On a Beam

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.

Pick of the Day: Balloons Over Broadway: The Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (Audiobook)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

Balloons Over Broadway: The Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. By Melissa Sweet. cassette or CD. 15 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-4703-2922-8, CD: ISBN 978-1-4703-2921-1. $15.75; hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-5471-9945-9: $16.99.
K-Gr 3–The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a holiday tradition. But where did those big balloons begin? With puppeteer Tony Sarg, of course! The informative, enthusiastic text of Sweet’s Robert F. Siebert Medal picture-book biography (Houghton Mifflin, 2011) tells a little about Sarg’s life and his career [...]