>Five questioned

> When I asked Matt Phelan if he would ever consider illustrating The Wizard of Oz, be brought back childhood terrors by mentioning the Wheelers, a ferocious little bunch of hoodlums from Ozma of Oz. Thanks for that, Matt. I was already punchdrunk Saturday morning when I was inviting people to come by the booth […]

>Monday Diary

>Anita Lobel was great and glamorous for her Zena Sutherland Lecture last Friday night in Chicago, and we will be bringing you that speech in an upcoming issue. Thank goodness for our full-color printing as Anita Lobel paints the most beautiful colors I know and Lolly should be in pig(ment) heaven choosing illustrations. Thanks again […]

>And as a bonus, I would even shelve books.

>In my next life, I hope to come back as a children’s book writer with enough talent and poise to be invited by the wonderful Monika Schröder to visit the American embassy school in New Delhi. Linda Sue Park just got back.

>Pictures from an exhibition

>First up Kristin Cashore, sore but happy about her previous day, spent learning the TRAPEZE. Mitali Perkins is convinced that social networking can sell books. She sure is good at it, too. (photo credit Judith Jango-Cohen) Lois was really happy when I told her that the third Stieg Larsson book was available from amazon u.k. […]

>Jenny from the Block feels your pain

>People all over the Internet are making of fun of Jennifer Lopez for the remarks reproduced below, but to me she sounds like just about every author or illustrator of children’s books I know. Especially this week. I feel like I had that [Oscar worthy role] in El Cantante, but I don’t even think the […]

>Five questions for . . .

>Click the link for the interview schedule at ALA Midwinter. And if you have any questions for Kristin Cashore, Mitali Perkins, Lois Lowry or M. T. Anderson, leave ‘em in the comments. (But, no, I will not ask Lois if she’s sorry to have won the Newbery for The Giver.)

>"What do YOU do when your favorite author turns out to be a puppy-kicker?"

>That’s a great question, asked by an Anon on the Richard Peck post, and it’s the third time in as many days that I’ve seen it pop up. First, poet Marilyn Nelson had a question over at her Facebook page: “how do we measure the value of the art made by an artist who is […]

>Served by a window with an ocean view

>Heading out tomorrow to spend a few days at the Cape Cod Writers Center talking about children’s book publishing. I’ll be giving a keynote speech and moderating a mega-panel with Debbie Kovacs, Alison Morris, Nancy Werlin, Mary Lee Donovan and Martin Sandler. My main goal, though, is to meet Mitali Perkins, who is one of […]

>In the footsteps of giants

>I’m going to New York next week to help select the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and I’m taking names. Here are the criteria: Author or illustrator of fiction or nonfiction booksU.S. citizen, living in the U.S.Excellent and facile communicatorDynamic and engaging personalityKnown ability to relate to children; communicates well and regularly with […]

>ALA aftermath

>At a birthday party in the Catskills this past Saturday night, not only did the conversation–among civilians, no less–turn to the pleasures of The Graveyard Book, the waitress chimed in as well: “that book is so awesome.” So I was proud to be able to brag about my interview with Neil Himself at ALA last […]