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This Saturday afternoon, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, Cambridge Public Library and M.I.T. are sponsoring a panel discussion, “The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books.” Featuring several contributors (Katherine Paterson, M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, and James Ransome) to the collaborative novel The Exquisite […]

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In preparing for an interview this afternoon with Daniel Handler about his and Maira Kalman’s forthcoming (and terrific)  book Why We Broke Up, I came across “Thirteen Observations Made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance.” I especially like observation no. 4: “People who say money doesn’t matter are like […]

Five Questions for Melissa Sweet

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The first helium-filled creatures to bob through Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning were brought to being by master puppeteer Tony Sarg in the 1920s. Now master illustrator Melissa Sweet, a prolific artist and winner of a Caldecott Honor for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, has created an effervescent […]

The Sign on Sendak’s Door

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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 […]

Stories for a Spooky Night

I hope I will see some of you this evening at 6:00PM at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square for a conversation I’ll be leading about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, just out from Houghton Mifflin. Sponsored by the Harvard Book Store, the panel includes Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Margaret Raymo. Unfortunately, neither […]

Upcoming October 28th

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I’ll be moderating a panel with Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Margaret Raymo about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, reviewed and excerpted in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine. The event is at the Harvard Bookstore*, who I will forgive for calling me a “children’s book editor.” (I don’t know who they […]

Five Questions for Paolo Bacigalupi

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  It was kind of neat to talk to Paolo in New Orleans, which, in Ship Breaker, is underwater. He said he wasn’t nervous. The Printz Award winner and I discussed how far away the future of his book actually was, a fact left undetermined for readers to sort out for themselves. (Some people like […]

Five Questions for Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

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  Hee hee, Nic is afraid of ticKs. I think someone should write a picture book, A Tick for Nic. I told our Sibert Medalists that I would speak on their behalf to The Grobster, aka Betsy Groban, publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books, about funding the intrepid pair for a trip to the […]

Five Questions for Brian Selznick

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  Brian has been a busy boy–not only is his Wonderstruck coming out this fall (I’m reviewing it for the September Horn Book) but Martin Scorsese’s film of The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be out before Christmas. (In color AND 3-D, obviously intent on making miracles of a very different kind.) I asked Brian […]

Five Questions for Rita Williams-Garcia

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  Poor Rita–three times in PUBLIC I made her join me in singing the first line of “It Was Right on the Tip of My Tongue (and I Forgot to Say I Love You)” by Brenda and the Tabulations, a group referenced in One Crazy Summer. Rita, I promise I will learn the rest of […]