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September 15, 2014

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Thanks for Annie, Nancy.

Thanks for Annie, Nancy.

I was very sorry to read that Nancy Garden died on Monday. While she wrote in just about every children’s-book genre there is, it’s Annie on My Mind that made her immortal, and led to her parallel, equally admirable, career as a defender of intellectual freedom in libraries and communities across the nation. The first […]

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ALAs Vegas

ALAs Vegas

See some of you in Las Vegas, I hope. My friend Ruth is taking me to see Nature and the Hoover Dam on Friday but I’ll be bouncing around the exhibit hall on Saturday and Sunday, with periodic stops at the Horn Book booth, #829. Martha P. will be there too, so do say hello […]

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Small world, isn’t it?

Small world, isn’t it?

My old Chicago pal Ilene Cooper and I are interviewed by my other old Chicago pal Elizabeth Law at Elizabeth’s new blog, Into the Words.

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This is not just about opera

This is not just about opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of the announced HD broadcast of The Death of Klinghoffer is galling for a number of reasons. The Met’s decision to stage the opera (albeit with a note in the program by Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters, who have condemned the work as anti-Semitic)  but not broadcast it will please nobody. It is […]

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That gal down the hall

That gal down the hall

Cathie Mercier and the  Center for the Study of Children’s Literature are profiled this week in the Simmons GSLIS newsletter. I’d be bragging about how the Horn Book team (“Goldilocks and the Free Beers”) whupped their ivory-tower asses at last night’s Children’s Books Boston Trivia Challenge, but given that two-thirds of HB staff hold degrees […]

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YA by the numbers

YA by the numbers

Pursuant to our discussion of who YA is for, I asked Horn Book intern Jill to take a look at the most recent issue of the Horn Book Guide and see what she saw. The spring 2014 issue of the Guide contains reviews of virtually every trade hardcover book published for young people during the […]

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Frances Foster

Frances Foster

We’re sad to hear of the death yesterday of Frances Foster, publisher of Frances Foster Books at FSG. At the link, please read Leonard S. Marcus’s interview with her from the September/October 2003 issue.

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Why do we even call it YA anymore?

Why do we even call it YA anymore?

I just can’t blog about this topic anymore. It’s worn me out. But I also can’t muster the reflexive outrage Our Crowd exhibits whenever someone wonders if there’s something weird about civilian adults with a steady reading diet of books for teenagers. There is. But it’s not because these YA books are less complex (a […]

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Starred reviews, July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Starred reviews, July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Also: Newbery, Caldecott, and CSK speeches and profiles; the lowdown on Caldecott committee work; Mind the Gap; and my editorial on a Newbery/Caldecott scandal in the making.   Emily’s Blue Period; by Cathleen Daly; illus. by Lisa Brown (Porter/Roaring Brook). Hermelin […]

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Reading in the wild

Reading in the wild

Our beloved Bron-Mulder friends, at left, were among the first to enjoy the news that Mr. Tiger Goes Wild had won a 2014 Boston Globe Horn Book Award, as we celebrated with an appropriately al fresco reading of Peter Brown’s book in Central Park yesterday afternoon. I had not worked those page turns in the […]

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Not so far away

Not so far away

Off to New York tomorrow for a little 70s nostalgia (Richard is such a good sport), some modern dance (I am such a good sport),  love and murder, and, oh yes, the announcement of the 2014 winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. I’ll be revealing the fated few at 1:00PM on Saturday at a press […]

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They ARE judging you

They ARE judging you

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award judges will be meeting in Boston this weekend to make their decisions. Anyone have any inside dirt? I’ll be announcing the winners on Saturday, May 31st at BEA, 1:00PM in the Librarians’ Lounge at Javits.

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Plenty of tables

Plenty of tables

Lest you think I think the Children’s Book Council is just a big bunch of dittoheads, I want to tell you about another CBC event that was going on at the very same time Rush and the Disney Princess were having their moment. Last Wednesday night, the Horn Book, along with Simmons and Children’s Books […]

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The elephant was in the room

The elephant was in the room

I can’t decide if the p.r. disaster that was the Children’s Choice Awards last night is exacerbated or ameliorated by the fact that the Children’s Book Council website is down this morning (and, according to Facebook) has been offline since the announcements last night.(Edit 11.45AM:It’s back up.) I do know that the CBCBook Twitter account […]

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I see you’re still reading

I see you’re still reading

I was jawing on the radio yesterday about Common Sense Media’s latest report on the woeful state of young people reading for pleasure. I dunno–kids have been reported to be reading less than they used at least ever since I got into this business thirty-five years ago. If this were in fact true, you’d think […]

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Go to bed

Go to bed

(Said in that same voice that closes Mindy Kalin’s TV show.) Wherein I opine about bedtime books for little kids. My own bedtime currently has me alternating between Thomas Keneally’s The Daughters of Mars (Gallipoli) and Maeve Binchy’s The Glass Lake (family secrets). And I’m close to finishing that biography of P.L. Travers, who sounds […]

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P.S. Evolution is real

P.S. Evolution is real

So the Rialto, CA, school district has decided that maybe it’s NOT a good idea to have eighth-graders debate the existence of the Holocaust. I’m of two minds (Opposing Viewpoints: In My Head). While I see the chance for much mischief in such an assignment and believe middle school is too early  for the kind […]

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What are YOU looking at?

What are YOU looking at?

As I prepare for tomorrow’s Sutherland Lecture by John Green (and don’t think about showing up without a ticket. And don’t even think about getting a ticket) I’m catching up on the two controversies that John has found himself caught up in. The fault for either might be in his stars but definitely not in […]

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Heads will roll?

Heads will roll?

  I was showing a friend around Boston yesterday (do make a stop at the Mapparium if you’re ever in the Back Bay; it’s awesome) when we ran into this sculpture  parked outside the Museum of Fine Arts. It’s one of a pair by Antonio López García but of course I thought of Harriet the […]

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Core values

Core values

Narrative nonfiction is on the lesson plan in Lolly’s Classroom today. Is anyone else worried that the CCSS demand for more nonfiction reading does not seem to be translating into more nonfiction publishing? I have the feeling that publishers are mostly sitting this one out. (As well they might, now that no one seems to […]

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