We’ll never know

 . . . but that won’t stop speculation. While the winners (and honor books) of ALA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards posed no surprises in themselves, everyone wants to know what happened to Mr. Tiger. As Calling Caldecott blogger Robin Smith sensibly says, it’s likely that the committee simply found four other books it liked more. […]

Off to Philly

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Galloping off to ALA this weekend and hope to see some of you there. Hard to say exactly when I’ll be around the booth (#518) but lunchtime Saturday and Sunday seem the likeliest times. Bring snacks! And if I’m not there, introduce yourself to the charming Katrina Elmer, who will have you signed up for […]

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard  Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a division of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, Bo at Ballard Creek takes its young heroine […]

We’re moving!

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As of the beginning of April, the editorial office of the Horn Book and all its resident oompa-loompas will be moving to 300 The Fenway, Boston MA, 02115. Sharp-eyed readers will recognize the address as also being that of Simmons College, and we are delighted to be renting an office suite just down the hall […]

What about BoB?, 2014 edition

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The Battle Commanders have announced the contenders for SLJ’s Battle of the Books, which will itself commence–when? March-ish? It’s a good list, and brave, I think, of the Commanders to make their selections before the ALA awards show up to toss egg in everyone’s faces. While I have no plans to repeat my running commentary […]

I thought this book was labelled NONfiction

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On the dust jacket for Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor’s Galápagos George, forthcoming from HarperCollins, I see the following statement: “This book meets the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Science and Technical Subjects.” You big fat liars: Galápagos George, whose virtues are indeed many, does NOT meet the CCSS Standards, because the CCSS […]

“Take THAT, Dallas Public Library.”

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So extemporized Trina Schart Hyman in her 1985 Caldecott acceptance speech, giving the vaffanculo gesture to her critics. Marc Nobleman has collected an entertaining array of children’s writers doing the same (metaphorically) in vivid performances of their worst Amazon reviews. (Kind of shooting fish in a barrel, though. Let’s see ‘em read a slam from […]

“Kill the she-elf!”

from http://www.themarysue.com/smauglock-sherlock-smaug/

Do we have any actual evidence that Peter Jackson has gone through puberty? Yes, there’s the beard, and the children, but his Tolkien movies all look like they were conceived and directed by a ten-year-old. I only saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on TV but we saw The Desolation of Smowg in all its […]

A great choice

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  Kate DiCamillo is a great choice for National Ambassador for Children’s Literature. Personable, thoughtful, respected by critics and loved by young readers.           Her The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane won the 2006 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award; I’ve always thought the only thing that stood between it and Newbery recognition […]

Happy New Year!

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Test-driving my new iPad mini (thank you Santa-Richard) while vacationing in Provincetowm–reading (Daniel Silva), eating (Chex mix) and shopping (thrilled to find a used CD of Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk about Love, which I’ll be inflicting on my reviewing class at Simmons in a few weeks). Also scrambling to get my reviews written–if I can’t […]