March 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

JLG’s On the Radar: Stars to Chocolate Bars—New Science Nonfiction for Elementary Students

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: Summer Reading for Middle School Students

From solving the mystery of a sister’s untimely death to stepping into the shoes of a female journalist from the Roaring Twenties, young teens will want to dive into these new fiction titles selected by Junior Library Guild editors.

JLG’s On the Radar: New Mystery and Adventure Titles for Elementary Students

Time travel, 200-year-old clues, and a gaggle of atypical princes round out Junior Library Guild’s picks of new mystery and adventure novels for school-aged readers. Perfect for summer reading, check out the latest offerings from Kate Messner, Andrew Clements, and Christopher Healy.

JLG’s On the Radar: New Nonfiction for Elementary Students

From toads to bats and the Beatles to doctors, Junior Library Guild editors select new informational picture books for young readers that complement Common Core State Standards and do more than just fill a hole in the lesson plan.

JLG’s On the Radar: New Fiction for Independent Readers

Junior Library Guild editors select new titles for independent readers that feature characters with some of the same problems that children deal with everyday: bullying, not-so-fun summer camp experiences, and the arrival of a new sibling. Reading about how these protagonists figure out their solutions just might help youngsters approach their own issues. And, these chapter books will remind them that they’re not alone.

JLG’s On the Radar: Intermediate Fiction for Independent Readers

Junior Library Guild editors offer a variety of stories for independent readers: a classic orphan story, a fantasy about nightmares, a Hollywood drama, a laugh-out-loud detective tale, and a mystery surrounding a missing camera. Also perfect for reading aloud, the following fiction titles will keep readers engaged with the characters, old and new.

JLG’s On the Radar: Poetry Picks for Elementary Readers

Whether it’s a class assignment or a novel in verse, poetry expresses our deepest desires and fondest memories. It’s National Poetry Month, and the editors at the Junior Library Guild have selected the following new titles to motivate students to voice their own poetic thoughts.

JLG’s On the Radar: New Middle Grade Fiction Picks

Junior Library Guild Editors select some of the best new fiction for middle grade students. From birthday wishes to Broadway show auditions, these picks have a little bit of everything for kids in Grades 5-8.

JLG’s On the Radar: Take Me Out to the Ball Game (But Bring a Book)

Baseball season is on its way. The following baseball-themed selections are more than entertainment; they inspire students to hit their own home runs and to make the best of the strikes life throws their way.

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

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: Historical Picture Books for Older Readers

Looking for fun, creative ways to introduce history to older readers? These picture books for older readers tackle subjects from the American Revolution to immigration.

JLG’s On the Radar: Middle School Novels with Strong Male Characters

Though facts and figures often grab the interests of middle school boys, adventure, fantasy, and reality stories also weigh into their decision-making when it comes to choosing books. The following titles selected by Junior Library Guild editors will not only entertain middle grade readers, but help them see that they are not alone in trying to survive middle school.

JLG’s On the Radar: Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails?

For those seeking informational books for reluctant independent readers (boys or girls), the editors at Junior Library Guild have a variety of picks, from sports and pirates, to body parts and dangerous creatures.

JLG’s On the Radar: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice?

For those seeking chapter books with strong female characters, the editors at Junior Library Guild have a variety of picks, from continuations of beloved series to new titles, all for independent readers.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Snow and Ice: Books for the Elementary Reader

For some wintry tales for younger readers, check out the latest picks from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Caldecott Contenders: Star-Studded Choices

With the announcement of the Caldecott winners less than a week away, Junior Library Guild examines some of 2012’s front-runner picture books.

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.

On the Radar—Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: New Science Nonfiction Supports Common Core

During the last ten years, researchers have learned that elementary students are more likely to read and hear fiction in their classrooms more than informational text. However, if you ever visited an elementary school library, you’d see that far more nonfiction is circulated on average than fiction. Kids love to see the photographs and learn more about their world. Consequently, those books have the commonly known disease of the banana-peel spine. They’ve been read so much their spines are literally peeling off the book. With an increase in emphasis on informational text due to adoption of Common Core State Standards, nonfiction circulation is bound to increase. These new nonfiction releases will satisfy the standards while feeding your starved-for-information students and patrons.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Another Look at New Titles from Favorite Authors

As summer comes to a close, we think of things we love: walks on the beach, watermelons, and time to read whatever we want. So as you gear up for the fall, take that last walk on the beach, go to your farmer’s market and select fresh fruits and vegetables for dinner, and settle down in your cozy backyard chair with a pile of books from your favorite authors. Take a look at these new titles from some of our literature stars.

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Middle School Readers—New Offerings from Favorite Authors

For our middle school readers, finding a favorite author can be a difficult task. They are at the age in which one day they’re still children, and the next they think they are adults. Kids are busy with activities, so this is also the time in their lives where we could lose them as readers if their choices are few. Thankfully in the last ten years, popular authors and series have increased for this group of tweens and early teens. For students in grades five to eight and those that teach them, fall releases will be a welcome sight.