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I spent most of yesterday being irritated by the conundrum of review books that come (or don’t) with nondisclosure agreements. Here’s what one looks like: CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT Date: xx/xx/xx Publisher XYZ Re: Title: Book ABC Author: Author LMNOP Publication Date: xx/xx/xx ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ Dear ___________: In order to induce [Publisher XYZ] to deliver a […]

The Sign on Sendak’s Door


Although grateful for the support of publishers who place advertisements in The Horn Book, I’ve never before felt the need to direct you to such from this page. But I do so now: please go and read the advertisement on page 57 and then come back here. I’ll wait. Imagine a picture book world where […]



Mother Goose waddled to the window. Ah, there was the moon, perfect and round, its light streaming into bedrooms everywhere. She sighed.Mother Goose was upset. How could parents say that…word, that awful word, to their children? How could they use it in front of innocent little darlings almost fast asleep? Their drowsy eyes. Well-washed hands […]

BALIS workshop, SFPL

  Of COURSE I stood up for The Book (in this case, Patrick McDonnell’s Me, Jane), but, really we all did–moderator Nina Lindsay and my co-panelists Kristin McLean and Jason Griffey–in the March 4 panel on e-books sponsored by the Bay Area Library and Information System. We were speaking in the wake of HarperCollins’s announcement […]

That’s a lotta work, girl.

I just found out via Twitter that former HB editor Anita Silvey has a new blog, the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac. God help her, Anita is posting a book recommendation daily, each tied in some way to that day’s significance. Today, for example, she writes about the D’Aulaires’ Abraham Lincoln in honor of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, […]

The best of all possible worlds?

In the 8/16/10 issue of PW, I read a brief obituary of agent Elaine Koster, which noted, among other accomplishments, that “in 2002, she took on Khaled Hosseini, who had been previously turned down by 30 other agents. She sold his book, The Kite Runner, to Riverhead Books in a pre-empt; it went on to […]

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Agent in Place

Booksquare led me to this profile of agent Andrew Wylie. I think my favorite line is “I suspect that the trashier the book, the more likely it is to be converted to an e-book. You don’t have a desire to save James Patterson in your library. Those who want to keep a book for a […]

Love Letter to Japan

A great song by Bird and the Bee, and one I would like to sing today in honor of Japanese publisher Rei Uemura, remarking in the April 5th issue of PW of the offerings at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair: “There are too many zombies, vampires, werewolves. I can’t tell them apart anymore.” Diane Roback […]

My Day Out

I had a wonderful sort of field trip on Friday, observing books in the wild. Breakfast with Candlewick, who showed off some highlights from their fall list including–wait, is it too soon for me to start flogging this horse? NO–Martha and my A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult […]