April 23, 2017

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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.

The Life of Book Editor and Author Charlotte Zolotow Celebrated


The life of book editor, poet, and award-winning author, a force in children’s literature, Charlotte Zolotow, was celebrated during a memorial in New York City.

A Message of Hope: Patricia MacLachlan, Steven Kellogg on ‘Snowflakes Fall’


Acclaimed kid lit creators Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg chat with SLJ about their new picture book Snowflakes Fall, a celebration of life and a lyrical message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events that took place in Newtown, CT, in December 2012.

MacLachlan, Henkes Tackle Kid Challenges in New Books for Independent Readers | JLG’s On the Radar

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From Anna Branford to Patricia MacLachlan, favorite authors offer fiction for independent readers who have their own challenges to face. Selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, the following titles feature protagonists who overcome their conflicts, and will be available for readers this fall.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Star-Worthy Choices for Possible Award Contenders


With the ALA Youth Media Awards just around the corner, Junior Library Guild takes a look at some star-studded titles.

Fresh Approaches—Noteworthy New Editions and Reissues: Celebrating 70 Years with ‘The Boxcar Children’

Boxcar Children Prequel

Gertrude Chandler Warner’s novel about four orphaned siblings who run away and take up residence in an abandoned boxcar in the woods was first published in 1942, launching a series that would remain popular with young readers for decades and become a staple in library, classroom, and home collections. The “Boxcar Children Mysteries” oeuvre (Albert Whitman) now encompasses 130 titles, and the concept has been expanded into other formats, including an easy reader series and graphic novels. To mark the 70th anniversary, Albert Whitman is re-launching the series with a fresh new book design and is also publishing a prequel written by Newbery-Medalist Patricia MacLachlan.