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Archives for December 2008

>Mice at the Movies

>Claire reviews The Tale of Despereaux movie. I still crack up thinking about my librarian friend who, when Despereaux won the Newbery, was besieged by culturally anxious helicopter parents who wanted a copy of “The Tale of Day-pair-EUH.”

>Not since . . .

>For those of you lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, the Oakland Public Library is again sponsoring its Mock Newbery discussion, this year at the Golden Gate branch. (I would love to be able to tell people I worked at the “Golden Gate Library.”) Librarians Sharon McKellar and Nina Lindsay have assembled a […]

>Christmas koan

>If the tree tilts toward the room, can we see it? Shall we fear it?

>Go west, young man, WEST!

>Childlit has been debating historical accuracy in fiction–what’s dramatic license and what’s a betrayal, basically. It makes me think of the many romances of stage, screen and text where Elizabeth R and Mary, Queen of Scots excitingly rail at each other, when in real life they never met. It also makes me remember when Elizabeth […]

>Monday catch-up

>–Claire has a new booklist of fairy tales up on our site. –Cynsations interviews my pal Cathie Mercier, director of the terrific Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, which includes among its founders Horn Book editors Paul and Ethel Heins, and for which I will be leading a seminar next summer. –Mother […]

>Dasher, Dancer, Dunder and Jesus

>More Christmas sadness–“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” got temporarily yanked for its “religious overtones.” (That must be the Mongolian throat-singing version.)

>Got the Horse Right Here

>What interests me most about the new William C. Morris award for new YA writers is the presentation of a shortlist from which the winner will be chosen. While standard procedure for some children’s book awards in other countries and for our own National Book Award, this is a new twist for ALA. I’m of […]

>If you need a good Christmas cry

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>New Notes from the Horn Book–Fanfare Edition

>The latest issue of Notes features our Fanfare list with parent-friendly annotations, so pass it along. Also: Martha Parravano talks to picture book hero Kevin Henkes.

>Dutch Courage?

>I mentioned over on Facebook showing one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs’s book, to the little Dutch kids from downstairs. One is two and the other four and they both seem to enjoy the film (or maybe it’s just that hypno-glaze the Snowman himself demonstrates when he watches TV […]