The Horn Book » Read Roger http://www.hbook.com Publications about books for children and young adults Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Building strong bodies 16 ways http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/building-strong-bodies-16-ways/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/building-strong-bodies-16-ways/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:49:17 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46838 Irene Smalls, who is moderating the children’s book panel I told you about, has sent along this bibliography of books she put together  to encourage children–particularly African American children–to be more active. Or, as my mother always said,” Go out and play.” Thank goodness Daylight Saving Time is less than two weeks away–I got in […]

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FirebirdIrene Smalls, who is moderating the children’s book panel I told you about, has sent along this bibliography of books she put together  to encourage children–particularly African American children–to be more active. Or, as my mother always said,” Go out and play.” Thank goodness Daylight Saving Time is less than two weeks away–I got in a run last weekend in Florida (before going for a SWIM. In the OCEAN.) that felt like a good six weeks of psychotherapy.

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Buy the book http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/buy-the-book/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/buy-the-book/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:39:24 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46787 I’m a judge for this year’s Pannell Award for children’s bookselling and our slate of nominees has been announced. Anything you want to tell me?

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wnbalogoI’m a judge for this year’s Pannell Award for children’s bookselling and our slate of nominees has been announced. Anything you want to tell me?

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SO gay. http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/so-gay/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/so-gay/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:49:07 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46750 The March cover of the Horn Book, that is. Gertrude and the boys should be in your mailbox soonish–we lost a couple of days due to the weather. But dePaola’s springtime palette gives me hope!

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March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Tomie dePaola

The March cover of the Horn Book, that is. Gertrude and the boys should be in your mailbox soonish–we lost a couple of days due to the weather. But dePaola’s springtime palette gives me hope!

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Dudley Branch panel http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/dudley-branch-panel/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/dudley-branch-panel/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:45:50 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46719 Just a quick note to say that tomorrow’s panel about writing for children has been rescheduled to NEXT Saturday because of impending weather. Maybe spring can really hang you up the most but I can’t wait for it to get here.

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Just a quick note to say that tomorrow’s panel about writing for children has been rescheduled to NEXT Saturday because of impending weather. Maybe spring can really hang you up the most but I can’t wait for it to get here.

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Fools, rush in. http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/fools-rush-in/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/fools-rush-in/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:38:39 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46671 This Saturday (moved to February 28th, same time same place) I will be speaking on a panel organized by Irene Smalls for people interested in writing books for children. At the Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren Street in Roxbury, the panel, free and open to all comers, will run from 3:00 to 4:45, optionally followed by […]

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Dudley Branch Library, Boston Public Library

This Saturday (moved to February 28th, same time same place) I will be speaking on a panel organized by Irene Smalls for people interested in writing books for children. At the Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren Street in Roxbury, the panel, free and open to all comers, will run from 3:00 to 4:45, optionally followed by dinner (ten bucks) at Haley House. I hope to see you there!

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Are we doing it white? http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/are-we-doing-it-white/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/are-we-doing-it-white/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:06:47 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46638 Martha and I are teaching a class–that is, we are trying to teach a class, which has thus far been cancelled twice due to snow–on reviewing, and we’ve just assigned the students Malinda Lo’s provocative series of essays about reviewing and diversity. You all should take a look, too. It’s reminding me of a too-brief […]

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whiteladiesMartha and I are teaching a class–that is, we are trying to teach a class, which has thus far been cancelled twice due to snow–on reviewing, and we’ve just assigned the students Malinda Lo’s provocative series of essays about reviewing and diversity. You all should take a look, too.

It’s reminding me of a too-brief conversation I had with Nina Lindsay at ALA; while we (reviewers) work as if guided by some kind of objective (as far as possible) criteria, in fact, we’re (essentially) educated middle-class white ladies reviewing for other educated middle-class white ladies.  When we knock books for being “didactic,” for example, we do so as if everyone agrees that didacticism is a bad thing. But that’s not true; it’s simply a critical standard that holds sway on anyone who has studied children’s literature in a graduate library school. The “everyone” who “agrees” is a smaller circle than we pretend. Is it, Nina asked, time to shake up our standards? Thoughts, class?

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Starred reviews, March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/starred-reviews-marchapril-2015-horn-book-magazine/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/starred-reviews-marchapril-2015-horn-book-magazine/#respond Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:37:24 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46573 The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2015 issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian Robinson (Putnam) Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown) Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Daniel Salmieri (Balzer […]

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2015 issue of the Horn Book Magazine:

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian Robinson (Putnam)

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown)

Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Daniel Salmieri (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

The Tight-Rope Walkers by David Almond (Candlewick)

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson; illus. by the author (Dial)

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby (Viking)

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman; illus. by Brendan Shusterman (HarperTeen)

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin)

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One for YOU, and one for YOU, and one for YOU, and one for YOU…. http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/one-one-one-one/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/one-one-one-one/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:11:21 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46382 I’m really enjoying the discussions over on Calling Caldecott about this year’s winners. The comments, divvied up between the last two posts, mostly address 1) why The Farmer and the Clown didn’t get any love, 2) why This One Summer DID, and 3) why there are six honor books, a new record. The last question provokes in […]

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ABBAWinnerI’m really enjoying the discussions over on Calling Caldecott about this year’s winners. The comments, divvied up between the last two posts, mostly address 1) why The Farmer and the Clown didn’t get any love, 2) why This One Summer DID, and 3) why there are six honor books, a new record.

The last question provokes in me a word problem. If the committee’s charge is to honor the year’s “most distinguished books,” what’s the cutoff? I’m hearing that the high number of honor books is because it was such a great year for picture books, but that doesn’t really follow–the books aren’t being judged by some abstract standard of “being distinguished”; they are being compared only to each other, and the ones that are distinct from that field are supposed to be the ones that are honored. Maybe the question is not about why there are so many, but why there are so few, it being such a great year and all. The procedure for naming the winner of the Newbery or Caldecott is mathematical and sensible (it seems to me); I wonder if the honor books should be similarly selected.

I like the way we do things at the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: one winner and no more than two honor books. The judges have the option of selecting fewer honors (or none) but that hasn’t happened since 1995. In the 1980s and earlier, three honor books were frequently named, and in 1968 they went crazy (didn’t we all), naming four in each category. In my sterner moments, I dream of going back to the tradition of the first year, 1967, when the BGHB judges named, for the then-two categories, only winners. Or if we could at least skip the euphemisms and go back to–unthinkable in this era–runners-up.

 

 

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Goodbye, George http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/goodbye-george/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/read-roger/goodbye-george/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:34:51 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46365 Back from ALA to the sad news that George Nicholson, whom I had first met at an ALA, more than thirty years ago, has died. I first knew George when he was publisher at Dell; he later moved over to Harper and then to a successful second career as an agent, at Sterling Lord Literistic. He was […]

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Paul Zelinsky, Roger Sutton, George Nicholson at Elizabeth Law's apartment; photo by Elizabeth Law

Roger Sutton, Paul Zelinsky, and George Nicholson at Elizabeth Law’s apartment; photo by Elizabeth Law

Back from ALA to the sad news that George Nicholson, whom I had first met at an ALA, more than thirty years ago, has died. I first knew George when he was publisher at Dell; he later moved over to Harper and then to a successful second career as an agent, at Sterling Lord Literistic. He was a very kind man, scarily well-read, deceptively soft-spoken, and had great hair. Those Yearling and Laurel-Leaf paperbacks you grew up with? Thank George. Leonard Marcus interviewed him for us back in 2007; go take a look.

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The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/read-roger/2015-scott-odell-award-historical-fiction/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/read-roger/2015-scott-odell-award-historical-fiction/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:25:42 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46008 The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Dash, by Kirby Larson, published by Scholastic Press. While Mitsi is going to miss spending time with her beloved dog Dash now that Christmas vacation is over, she is looking forward to seeing her best buds Mags and Judy. Mitsy thought the trio would always […]

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DashThe 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Dash, by Kirby Larson, published by Scholastic Press.

While Mitsi is going to miss spending time with her beloved dog Dash now that Christmas vacation is over, she is looking forward to seeing her best buds Mags and Judy. Mitsy thought the trio would always be inseparable, “like Betsy, Tacy, and Tib in those books,” but fifth-grade feels like a different place now, where Mags and Judy shun her and classmate Patty calls her a Jap. It’s January, 1942, and school scapegoating is the just the first hardship Mitsi Kashino and her Japanese-American family will encounter.

The judges were impressed by the deceptive ease with which Larson maintained all the pleasures of a school-and-family (and dog!) story while also providing an honest and intimate account of the prejudice and mistreatment faced by Japanese Americans during World War II. When Mitsi has to leave Dash in the care of a neighbor when the Kashinos are sent from Seattle to an internment camp, readers feel at once the personal sorrow and historical injustice. Are the two reunited? Of course they are: any less would be a disservice to readers who have come to love them both.

The Scott O’Dell award, created by Scott O’Dell and Zena Sutherland in 1982 and now administered by Elizabeth Hall, carries with it a prize of $5000, and goes annually to the author of a distinguished work of historical fiction for young people published by a U. S. publisher and set in the Americas. The winner is chosen by a committee appointed by Elizabeth Hall; its members are Ann Carlson, librarian at the Oak Park-River Forest High School; Deborah Stevenson, editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books; and, as chair, Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book. For more information about Scott O’Dell and the Scott O’Dell Award please visit scottodell.com.

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