>Developmentally Delighted

>This Newsweek story about the over-diagnosis of developmental problems in kids reminds me of a discussion in my children’s lit class in library school. We were all enthusiastically talking about Harriet the Spy until one student, an infiltrator from the psych. department, sputtered, “I can’t believe you all are recommending children read this book about a sociopath.”

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Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. >Ha! I hope the class gave him a loud, collective groan.

    The only thing worse than relentless psycho-babble from psycho-babblers is when your college age and teen children turn into armchair psychologists. Now my two older sons are more than willing to analyze my every word and deed….

    But what do I know? Not much. But apparently they do. I am only a guilt inducing, cliche-speaking, angst ridden, nervous nellie mom. Just to name a few things…

  2. Kevin Moore says:

    >Yes, but how would handle a child like Cam Jansen?


    Gives me the shivers every time.

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >THANKS, Kevin, now I have them too ;-)

  4. >Harriet IS a pretty unpleasant character, and so are all the rest. Especially with the illustrations. Kind of creeped me out when I was a kid, and believe me, I knew plenty of unpleasant kids in real life.

  5. >I thought the Newsweek article was more about labeling than over-diagnosis.

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