September 24, 2017

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Fear, Friendship, and the State of the Picture Book: A Conversation with Philip and Erin Stead

Husband and wife picture book creators Philip and Erin Stead talk about their latest picture book, Lenny & Lucy, their process, and whether or not we might all be living in a “second golden age of picture books.”

Review of the Day: Red by Michael Hall

Red: A Crayon’s Story By Michael Hall Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0062252074 Ages 3-6 On shelves now Almost since their very conception children’s books were meant to teach and inform on the one hand, and to inform one’s moral fiber on the other. Why who can forget that catchy little 1730 […]

Free, Full Text Now Available: 2nd Ed. of “The World Through Picture Books Catalogue”

The new edition of The World Through Picture Books Catalogue has been posted online by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Show But Don’t Tell: Must-Have Wordless Picture Books │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Wordless picture books allow readers to interpret their own stories. Check out these booktalks and resources for fun 2014 works, such as Aaron Becker’s sequel to the acclaimed Journey and graphic novel–inspired Bow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors.

Frosty Days and Warm Hearts | Great Books to Celebrate Winter

Embrace and celebrate the turn of the season with these wondrous and delightful stories featuring record-breaking blizzards and gentle snowy adventures.

New Storytime Treasures: Future Classics Today │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Looking for new titles to replace storytime favorites? Look no further than these timeless selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Ivan, Clara, and the Freedom Tree: History in Picture Books │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

How did Clara Barton, Benjamin Franklin, Ivan the gorilla, and others evolve from ordinary characters to historical superstars? Find out their backstories, and other chronicled events of times past, in these titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Teaching STEAM with Lois Ehlert: Preschool isn’t too early to introduce STEM + art

The books of Lois Ehlert, with their vivid-hued collages, are a staple of the storytime shelf—and a great start for teaching STEAM concepts to toddlers and preschoolers. Which of your favorite titles would fit into a preschool science program? Share them here.

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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.

Making a Grand Entrance: Debut Picture Book Authors │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Where do new picture book authors come from? The answers vary. The creators of the featured titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild come from fields as varied as social work and wildlife conservation.

What’s the Story?: Words Make the Tale | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Storytellers are weavers of words. Their choice of what to say and how to say it binds listeners in a mesmerizing spell of letters. The following books for children, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, will work their way into the minds and hearts of young readers.

A Picture Paints 1,000 Words: Books About the Power of Art │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

The following selections by the editors of Junior Library Guild are sure to encourage budding artists and can be incorporated into a school’s art curriculum.

A New Picture Book Biography About a Transgender Girl | Up Close

In this picture book biography, young readers meet Jazz Jennings, a young girl who knew from a very early age that she had “a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.”

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A New Approach to Sharks: Author Katherine Roy’s Work in the Field

Doing intensive research in preparation for a work of nonfiction is par for the course these days for children’s book authors, but for Katherine Roy, it’s entailed getting to know animals in intimate details, from dissecting sharks to getting up close with a tranquilized elephant in Kenya.

Children’s Book About Gun-Toting Parents Gets A Public Beat Down by Stephen Colbert

After HBO talk show host Bill Maher airs a segment about a book called My Parents Open Carry, about a 13-year-old girl and her gun-toting parents, the book becomes a popular subject of mockery—with former Egmont USA publisher Elizabeth Law weighing in on the conversation.

Field Trip to the Animal Kingdom | Great Books About Zoos

From a lonely gorilla to a confused moose to a missing koala, these great titles will inspire real and imagined trips to the zoo.

‘Druthers’ Meets ‘Leroy Ninker’ at Candlewick| Fall 2014 Preview

SLJ visits the Candlewick Fall Preview where Kate DiCamillo talks about spinoff character from her “Mercy Watson” series for her upcoming August title Leroy Ninker Saddles Up—and books about bears and dads get some love.

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.

Cool Correspondence | Great Books About Writing Letters

The lost art of written communication is explored and celebrated in these lively picture books.

Picture Books that Make You Laugh Out Loud │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Tall tales have all the earmarks for great read alouds: outlandish illustrations, hard-to-believe deeds, and larger-than-life heroes. These stories, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild, beg to be read again and again.