>Support your local superstore!

>A. Bitterman has some tips! He does bring up a moral question that vexes me, though. If I want a copy of, say, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which Betsy Hearne says I do), am I morally required to go out of my way to purchase it at an independent bookseller? There […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2008

Best books of 2008 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books The Pencil written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Bruce Ingman (Candlewick) A hardworking pencil and his paintbrush partner bring into being a whole world, populated […]

>Oscar bait?

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>Something to whet your appetites

>Claire reviews the movie Twilight.

>Color My World

>Via Andrew Sullivan, an exhibition of photographs of children by Jeongmee Yoon displaying their obsessions with gendered colors. I see pink-bedecked and -accessorized little girls all the time but are there enough boys who feel similarly about blue to make the comparison meaningful? When I was a lad, the only rule was not-pink.

>(Un)block that metaphor!

>”We have turned off the spigot, but we have a very robust pipeline”–Houghton Mifflin Harcourt spokesman Josef Blumenfeld, explaining the company’s rationale for ordering its editors to stop acquiring manuscripts. No, Joe, what you have turned off is the water supply, rendering both the pipeline AND spigot irrelevant.

>Into the West

>Not with the hobbits but with the intrepid lady librarians who left the library school founded in Illinois by Katharine Sharp in 1897 to pioneer library services in the wild wild west. No slouch in the lady-librarian pantheon herself, my former boss and perpetual role model Betsy Hearne narrates a brief film about their adventures.

>Would you care?

>The legal wrangling over Project Runway has prompted the jilted network Bravo to start another fashion show: Last week Bravo completed a four-city casting tour for a new series tentatively titled “The Fashion Show,” whose winner will be chosen by viewers rather than a panel of fashion experts, as it is on “Project Runway.” Color […]

>Which would YOU rather have?

>Forthcoming from the Spring 09 Horn Book Guide, we’ve posted our review of NBA winner What I Saw and How I Lied. I’ve noticed that the recent panels of judges for the award have been composed exclusively of writers. When I judged it back in 1999 (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town was the winner), […]

>Tons of Fun

>The James Marshall evening at MIT–Susan Meddaugh, Susan Moynihan, Anita Silvey, David Wiesner, and me moderating–went fabulously. I’ve moderated many of these things, and sometimes it’s a lot of work to make the panelists a) stay on topic and b) have a conversation. This lineup was great: Susan Meddaugh was an old buddy of Marshall’s; […]