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Archives for April 2011

He sings, too?

As you may recall, I’ve got a bit of a crush on author Neil Gaiman. Today I’ve been obsessively listening to “Nighty Night” by 8in8, the self-described “world’s least super supergroup” (comprised of lyricist Gaiman with musicians Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, and Damian Kulash). The album was written, recorded, released for download, and performed live—all […]

Books for Darfur

> What You Wish For, a collection of short stories exploring the topic of wishes, will be published this September by Putnam and The Book Wish Foundation. Book Wish will be contributing their share of the proceeds and all donations to UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR to help fund libraries in Darfur. The deadline to donate […]

How pleasant, indeed.

Chronicle has just published His Shoes Were Far Too Tight, a collection of Edward Lear’s poems, selected and introduced by author/NPR commentator Daniel Pinkwater. The collection is illustrated by Calef Brown, a fabulous children’s poet himself. With the book we received a CD of the euphonious Pinkwater narrating five of the poems. My favorite is […]

>Contest!

>I’m always trying to decide just what kind of sister we are to School Library Journal. Are we like Elizabeth and Jessica? Beezus and Ramona? Louise and Caroline Bradshaw? Or, eep, The Silent Twins? In any event, we are going to be totally copying Li’l Sis this fall as we embark on a companion to […]

>I hope the book is as good as its cover

> Coming this October from Akashic Books.

Three threes and an overworked hen

We (and Fuse #8) have been complaining about the current dearth of new picture book editions of folktales. I mean, wouldn’t you love to see Mo Willems take on “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”? Bryan Collier do a “Hansel and Gretel”? An Erin Stead “Cinderella”? Hey, being a picture book casting agent is fun! But […]

>Library School of the Air

>On US Air earlier this month, I ran across a brief article in the in-flight magazine that referenced this study, which finds a positive correlation between physical proximity of research co-authors and citations to their work. (I’m SURE there is a more graceful and scientific way to put this.) The news-you-can-use the magazine was inferring […]

Why is it always the redhead? —or— How to use stock photos sparingly

While perusing Cliques by Toney Allman, part of Lucent Books’ long-running Hot Topics series for middle-schoolers, I noticed this poor girl, presumably being teased about her hair. “Why is it always the redhead?” thought I. From Anne Shirley (and doesn’t it look like this little lady’s ready to break her slate over somebody’s head?), to […]

Making Over Uglies

Digging through a box of books the other day, I came across what I thought was a new Scott Westerfeld book. “Yay!” said my brain—until I realized the title read Uglies. “Wait, what?” I thought. “This isn’t Uglies!” The “trilogy plus one” is receiving a full redesign (in hardcover, no less) by publisher Simon Pulse, […]

>Live Five early warning

>I’ve been scheduling our Live Five Questions series for ALA in June, and I’m happy to tell you that the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Wilder, Sibert and Printz awards will all be coming by the Horn Book booth to submit to my ruthless interrogations. I’ll put the schedule up next month. […]