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Archives for February 2010

>An editorial query

>For an upcoming article, we need to compile a list of children’s and YA authors and illustrators, living or dead, who are/were vegetarians (don’t ask; just subscribe!). Can anyone point me to any such verifiable persons?

>Would we get more love from advertisers

>. . . if we worked the way Yelp is accused of doing? “Oh, we can make that 5-in-the-Guide totally go away, no problem. A star, you say? Well, let me tell you what I can do . . . .” I remember some years ago my friend Mary K. Chelton raising a ruckus in […]

>Old home week

>Didn’t kiss no pigs but did have a glorious drive down (up? up and down?) Sunset Blvd. from the Getty Museum to the heart of Hollywood. (Unfortunately, the only stars we saw were of the reality-show stripe, Bruce and Kris Jenner, sitting in the booth next to ours at Beso, the restaurant managed by son […]

>Percy Jackson

>Claire takes a breather from library school to review the movie.

>I’m gonna see the folks I dig, I’ll even . . .

>. . . oops, don’t want to have to make like Sylvester and use my magic pebble to hide from the boys in blue. But I am going to California next week and will be giving two presentations to which you are all invited. Both are free. The first is on Thursday, February 18th, where […]

>Eat these words

>“Terrific Baby” cake by Jennifer Brabander for Elissa Gershowitz’s baby shower today at the office. Photo by Lolly Robinson. Elissa is married to Ken Silber and we really want them to name the baby Wilbur. As you can see.

>New Notes, awards edition

>The February issue of Notes from the Horn Book is out, featuring parent-friendly takes on the ALA winners and an interview with O’Dell winner Matt Phelan. See if HE thinks The Storm in the Barn is historical fiction.

>Great minds

>Our Fanfare choice Button Up: Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Petra Mathers has been awarded the 2010 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. Congrats, Alice! And now, to paraphrase Nicki Grimes on Jerry Pinkney, just give Petra Mathers the damn Caldecott medal, already.

>How do you buy books?

>I’m perplexed by Amazon’s statement about their showdown with Macmillan, where, after pulling that publisher’s print- and e-books from Amazon.com, they (paradoxically) go on to defend the free market as the best friend to the little guy: We have expressed our strong disagreement and the seriousness of our disagreement by temporarily ceasing the sale of […]

Who will read about who?

Whom? I never get that right. In either case, J. L. Bell has posted one of the smartest things I’ve yet read about color and reading. Much of the current blogging discussion about the “whitewashing” of covers, etc., assumes that if evil publishers and ignorant librarians would only change their ways and open their eyes […]