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The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Xander’s Panda Party; by Linda Sue Park; illus. by Matt Phelan (Clarion) Mr. Wuffles!; by David Wiesner (Clarion) OCD Love Story; by Corey Ann Haydu (Simon Pulse) The Year of Billy Miller; by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) The Big Wet Balloon; by Liniers (Toon/Candlewick) Counting by 7s; by Holly [...]
Mashable has posted a list of “15 Young-Adult Books Every Adult Should Read.” Ugh in so many directions: first, that “should.” Piss off, it’s summer, and I don’t need some internet page-view generator telling me what I should do when I’m having trouble getting to level 29 of Candy Crush. There are no fifteen books [...]
Lee and Low’s blog is asking a good question: “Why hasn’t the number of multicultural books increased in eighteen years?” They have assembled a good variety of responses, and I have two more, one only semi-facetious and one perhaps semi-impolitic: Semi-facetious response: While the blog states the disparity between the non-white population in this country [...]
Off tomorrow to my, what, 35th? ALA annual conference, and hope to see some of you there. Our booth is #1416, but I’ll be wandering the exhibit halls, mainly, drumming up business with Al Berman while Martha P. scouts the programming (she’s at the Caldecott pre-conference today, lucky girl). One non-work event I’m looking forward [...]
Oh, I HATE costume parties. It’s enough trouble to get dressed, never mind dressed UP, never mind dressed up AS SOMEBODY ELSE. Be that as it may, ALSC is apparently asking attendees to this year’s Newbery-Caldecott banquet to acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal in their sartorial choices for the evening. Since I’ve [...]
*(And who can identify that quote from a Newbery speech?) Last Saturday at BEA Rebecca Stead–what a sport–and I announced the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, to be awarded on October 4th at Simmons College here in Boston. It was great fun, especially because two of the winners were on hand for the big reveal, [...]
The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Flora and the Flamingo; written and illustrated by Molly Idle (Chronicle) Niño Wrestles the World; written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Roaring Brook ) The Whole Stupid Way We Are; by N. Griffin (Atheneum) The Thing About Luck; by Cynthia Kadohata; illus. by [...]