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Archives for October 2010

>She likes us! She really likes us! (She, on the other hand . . .)

>(I guess we will see if that reference is as lost as Joan Rivers’ joke about Elizabeth Taylor and the microwave.) Jules has a nice review of A Family of Readers over at 7-Imp. In other blog news there was a Twitter-tempest last night over a blogger’s review of Laurel Snyder’s completely amiable middle-grade novel […]

>Got wood?

>Check out Paul Zelinsky’s quest for same.

>To Have and to Hold

>With my colleagues at JLG and SLJ, I’m working on an upcoming presentation on collection development, specifically, how school and public libraries should balance their print and digital collections. While the medium–it’s a Power Point webinar–is new to me, my part of the message very much blows the old horn for fine books for boys […]

>NBA Finalists

>We’ve posted our reviews of the finalists for the National Book Award, young people’s literature category, and I see that our little sister has done the same thing. Compare ‘n contrast!

>No, I should eat less ice cream

>Someone is not clear on the concept of recreational reading. From “Reading in the Digital Age by the Numbers,” PW 10/4/2010: “75: Percentage of 9-17-year-olds who know they should read more for fun.”

>Movie premiere

>Don’t forgot, tonight marks the premiere of  Library of the Early Mind, a documentary about children’s books in contemporary culture (at least, that is what I think it is about, but I haven’t seen it). The film starts at 5:30 in Askwith Hall at Harvard, and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion […]

>October Notes

>The latest issue of Notes is out, with five questions for Rosemary Wells about Max and Ruby (they should do a live-action remake with Bobby and Sally Draper, no?) and reviews of new picture books, nonfiction, chapter books and YA fantasy. Damn, what isn’t published in a series these days? Off to New York to […]

>Parents and picture books

>I’m late to the discussion re the New York Times article about picture books but enough people have now asked me for my thoughts that here they are. Fewer picture books are being published because a) the profit margin on them is not as good as it is for novels and b) fewer people are […]

>November/December 2010 stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Me and You by Anthony Browne (Farrar) Nini Lost and Found by Anita Lobel (Knopf) Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam) Forge [Seeds of America] by Laurie Halse Anderson (Atheneum) The 10 p.m. Question by Kate De Goldi […]

>Excuse our dust

>while we mess around with ad placement on Read Roger. You might think Google’s Ad Sense would have more sense than to run ads for vanity press publishers on a blog that will only mock the same. But I think it is run by robots and in any case our sales force will be handling […]