Blogging women’s history books

>A full month of blog posts commemorating women’s history begins today on KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month. Creators and critics of children’s literature (including Anita Silvey, Candace Fleming, Kathleen Krull, and Tanya Bolden) will highlight excellent books about women’s history. The blog is off to a great start with a review of Laurie Halse Anderson’s […]

That’s a lotta work, girl.

I just found out via Twitter that former HB editor Anita Silvey has a new blog, the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac. God help her, Anita is posting a book recommendation daily, each tied in some way to that day’s significance. Today, for example, she writes about the D’Aulaires’ Abraham Lincoln in honor of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, […]

Our new blog

Yes, I’m going to continuing mouthing off over here, but today the Horn Book debuts a second blog, Out of the Box. Although its nature will be defined as we go, its goal is to provide coverage of some of the many books, near-books and neo-books that don’t need review so much as they need […]

>Excuse our dust

>while we mess around with ad placement on Read Roger. You might think Google’s Ad Sense would have more sense than to run ads for vanity press publishers on a blog that will only mock the same. But I think it is run by robots and in any case our sales force will be handling […]

>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 […]

>What, you mean we’re not all pretty?

>Head over to the Tea Cozy for a good discussion of gender and book-blogging.

>Birds do it

>and we’re doing it too, migrating, from Read Roger’s home on hbook.com to some shady spot that Blogger has picked out for us. It’s really more a forced march. When we get there, you should be automatically moved to join us. So they tell us. Everything should be a-okay by this evening, Lolly says.

>A mystery solved

>So now I know why she calls it Fuse #8. And how much money they’re we’re paying her. Good on you, Betsy!

>Check for lint

>Andrew sent me this op-ed re Kirkus and consumer reviewing whose sentiments I much appreciate, especially this gem: “Too often, the pretense of sharing advice devolves into oversharing the contours of one’s navel.” Meghan Daum is here talking primarily about consumer boards like Yelp and Amazon reviews, and I noticed yesterday while looking something up […]

>Too damned long

>I see that PW has followed up on Betsy Bird’s thoughts on the Amazon Vine program; their speculation that membership in Vine might be a perk for good customers is intriguing if not substantiated. What seems oddest to me is that this program–for which publishers and other producers pay for the privilege of having their […]