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Webcast Recap: Celebrating the Best Books of 2017
Written by Deborah B. Ford
December 14, 2017
On today’s webcast Kiera Parrott, Shelley Diaz and I talked about some of the best books of 2017. From orphans to elephants and fantasy to nonfiction, it was a great year for readers K-12. Narrowing the best of the best to a baker’s dozen was a herculean task. How could we possibly choose? Balancing the interest level and including titles from the beginning of the year produced a wonderful list of already star-studded books you’ll want to add to the ever-growing pile by your sofa or nightstand. Here’s to diversity, inclusion, and kindness! May 2018 continue to build on #uplit, #diversity, and #kindness.
In addition to providing you with great selections, Junior Library Guild is building resources to help you use these titles. Check out our JLG Booktalks to Go Fall 2017 LiveBinder and JLG Booktalks to Go Spring 2017 for resources that support this year’s awesome books. JLG BTG titles are also added to our Pinterest board. Look for book trailers and archived webcasts on our JLG YouTube Playlists. Thanks to Kayleigh, BTG is added to the book detail page. This is a direct link to the resources in the binder.
This webcast will be archived and posted on the JLG website at a later date. Your certificate of attendance can be reprinted by watching the archived video for at least ten minutes.
Join us next time at 3:00PM Eastern on December 14 for A New Year’s Celebration of Books, PreK-6 2018. We will be featuring new titles for 2018 for elementary aged readers. These titles will be arriving in your JLG boxes starting in March 2018. Sign up for this webcast which is suitable for educators and librarians who work with PreK-grade 6. Check your email for more information.
Here are the titles from today’s webcast in order of appearance.
Cordell, Matthew. Wolf in the Snow. illus. by author. 32p. Feiwel & Friends. 2017. ISBN 9781250076366. JLG Category: Primary Grades K-1
Harrold, A. F. The Song from Somewhere Else. 217p. Bloomsbury. 2017. ISBN 9781681194011. JLG Category: Intermediate Readers Grades 3-5
Pérez, Celia C. The First Rule of Punk. 336p. Viking. 2017. ISBN 9780425290408. JLG Category: PG Middle Plus Grades 5-8
Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down. 240p. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 2017. ISBN 9781481438254. JLG Category: High Interest High Plus Grades 10 & Up
Deedy, Carmen Agra. The Rooster who would not be Quiet! unpaged. Scholastic. 2017. Grades K-3
Baptiste, Tracey. Rise of the Jumbies. 256p. Algonquin. 2017. ISBN 9781616206659. JLG Category: Intermediate Readers Grades 3-5
Wolk, Lauren. Beyond the Bright Sea. 304p. Dutton. 2017. ISBN 9781101994856. JLG Category: PG Middle Plus Grades 5-8
Levinson, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson. Fault Lines in the Constitution. 192p. Peachtree. 2017. ISBN 9781561459452. JLG Category Nonfiction High Plus Grades 9 & Up
McLemore, Anna-Marie. Wild Beauty. 352p. Feiwel & Friends. 2017. ISBN 9781250124555. JLG Category Mature Young Adults Plus Grades 11 & up
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. The War I Finally Won. 400p. Dial. 2017. ISBN 9780525429203. JLG Category: Upper Elementary & Middle Grades 5-7.
Roy, Katherine. How to be an Elephant. illus. by author. 48p. Roaring Brook. 2017. ISBN 9781626721784. JLG Category: Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus Grades 2-6
Phi, Bao. A Different Pond. illus. by Thi Bui. 32p. Capstone Young Readers. 2017. ISBN 9781479597468. JLG Category: Multicultural Elementary Grades 2-6
Applegate, Katherine. Wishtree. 224p. Feiwel & Friends. 2017. ISBN 9781250043221. JLG Category: Intermediate Readers Plus Grades 3-5
CONTACT TODAY’S PRESENTERS
Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K-12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG’s Booktalks to Go and Everyday Librarian @ School Library Journal. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at LiveBinders.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.
Shelley Diaz, MLIS, has worked in several areas of children’s publishing, from licensing to book scouting. She was the coeditor of Caridad Ferrer’s So She Dances and Gloria Whelan’s The Disappeared. Currently Reviews Manager and YA Editor at School Library Journal, she edits book reviews, conducts author interviews, and writes news articles on diversity issues. She can be found tweeting about books, TV shows, and movies @sdiaz101. She has moderated and participated in panels on children’s and young adult literature at the Comadres Writers Conference, New York Comic Con, Book Riot Live, and Bank Street School of Education.
Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal and a former children’s librarian. Her favorite books are ones that make her cry—or snort—on public transportation. Follow her @libraryvoice.
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