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The Sign on Sendak’s Door

Proclamation

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 […]

Five Questions for Clare Vanderpool

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  With Clare, her being from Kansas and writing about Kansas and loving Kansas and all, I got to reminisce about Mike Printz, who ran an oral history project with his Topeka West High teens, documenting the lives of famous Kansans. (We did an SLJ article together called “E.T.’s Mom Phones Home,” about how Mike’s […]

Five Questions for Rick Riordan

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Rick Riordan, pointing out where he gets his ideas. Rick Riordan, first up in our Live Five series at ALA, has to be one of the nicest people in the world. When I asked him if he had problems with people worried over “false gods,” he couldn’t even offer me a stern lecture for the […]

New Knowledge

Once upon a time, there were two sure signs that a nonfiction book was aimed at young readers: it had illustrations, and the facts, ideas, and insights were securely based on existing adult research. Authors saw themselves as translators whose job was to take the work of adult writers — who had the training and […]