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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 […]

>Win Jan Brett

>I have it on good authority that when Jan Brett was asked how she paints the incredibly intricate borders of her popular picture books she replied, “an inch an hour.”  But you can ask her yourself by entering (and, duh, winning) her contest for a free school or library visit. Just be the school or […]

>Let’s go to the movies

> Lolly Robinson, who teaches children’s literature at the Harvard ed. school along with her myriad responsibilities here at the Horn Book, has put together the premiere of The Library of the Early Mind, a documentary about children’s literature today. The Askwith Forum series will be presenting this showing for FREE and it will be […]

>Avi

>If you’re around Cambridge this Friday, the Cambridge Public Library Children’s Room invites you to an evening with Avi, celebrating the release of his new book Crispin: the End of Time. The program begins at 7:00 PM and will be held at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave., room #152. Porter Square Books will have books […]

>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.)