There’s dancing in them thar hills

photo by Susan Kuklin

Off for some culture in the Berkshires; The Elephant Man and Far from Heaven today and Horn Book cover model Bill T. Jones tomorrow night.

Where I saw the folks I dig

Chilling with Chillow

Back from ALA (and vacation) and it’s already becoming a blur. In Anaheim, I spent the weekend at the booth five-questioning twelve award winners and honor book recipients, each interview fine but in toto too many; we videotaped them this year thanks to the mad skills of Guy Gonzalez and Mike Berse and will be […]

Live Five Begins

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The Live Five interviews begin at 10:00AM this morning with Thanhha Lai, National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner for Inside Out and Back Again. (The whole schedule can be found here.) I think I’m ready–about fifty-four of the sixty questions I’ll be asking this weekend are completed and I know the missing six will […]

Picture book conference at Yale

Ludwig Bemelmens dummy in the Betsy Shirley collection, Beinecke Library

I got to take a road trip to Connecticut a week ago to attend a picture book conference at Yale. Sorry to say, I was not able to get to all of the sessions, but Roger asked me to write up what I could. The event was a fundraiser for the Edith B. Jackson Child […]

Press Here…the app

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If you were like me, you applauded Press Here, the ingenious book by Hervé Tullet, for its anti-app bravado. If the news that there is now an app version (Chronicle, April) of the book disgusts you, please don’t be too quick to judge. The first thing to realize is that Press Here was translated from […]

The Horn Book gets a cookie!

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A box from Dina Sherman at Disney-Hyperion arrived just in time for after-lunch dessert. With a label like this, clearly the contents were going to be awesome. But they were awesome even beyond our expectations: Thanks so much, Dina and Disney-Hyperion! The cookies are almost too cute to eat, but we’re all looking forward to […]

To dye for

Catherynne Valente

I had some henna art done Friday at a fundraiser, and got several compliments in the office yesterday even though the design is starting to fade a bit. This morning I started following author Catherynne M. Valente on Twitter. I reviewed her wonderfully bizarre YA fantasy novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship […]

Survival of the fittest

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Adding to the media (and merchandising) madness of the new Hunger Games movie, fans in New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia can work out like Katniss and Peeta at the “Train Like a Tribute” class offered at participating Sports Clubs (NYSC, BSC, WSC, PSC). The classes, free and open to nonmembers, are starting now at […]

When the Name of the Game Is a Children’s Book

Children's lit board games

Yes, it’s the digital age; but enhancing the experience of reading a children’s book doesn’t have to happen only on a screen. A board game based on a children’s book is an alternative, low-tech option that allows players to experience the world of a book in a new form. In children’s book–based board games, players […]

Here she is, world . . .

Chloe Beth Asch; photo by Dorian Asch

Our granddaughter Chloe was born last Thursday night. Miles seems just fine with her. Have you guys heard about “The Baby’s Gift”? It’s where the dethroned only child goes to hospital and gets a present from the newborn. Retail doesn’t miss a trick. (At least it’s better than The Diaper Game. I am never going […]