>Catching Up

>Cruising through Bloglines to see what I’ve been missing over the past ten days, I was stopped by Colleen’s post about blog tours wherein the author ponies up cash to a third party who then alerts its squad of bloggers to review the author’s new book. Holy crap. I share the outrage but feel that […]

>Comment spam?

>Blogger seems to be having various problems today and won’t let me post a couple of highly amusing pictures Lolly Robinson sent my way. What’s posting without interruption, however, are spam comments. Does anyone have any recommendations for curbing this? Word verification doesn’t seem to work anymore, and I hesitate to approve comments first because […]

>Something stinks

>Bloggers criticizing perfume–what will those pesky scamps get up to next! I can’t believe the reporter left unchallenged and unexplored the claim that a “prominent blogger” was “threatened with a lawsuit by a perfume company because she had deemed its product ‘only O.K.’ and ‘a little disappointing.’” The juiciest and most provocative statement in the […]

>The Cybils Speak

>The winners of the 2007 Cybil Awards have been announced. A group project of the children’s-book blogosphere, the Cybils attend to both literary quality and child appeal. Losers I’m most interested in hearing the gossip on: Shaun Tan’s The Visit [ed: OOPS, The Arrival] and Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I […]

>Why Can’t a Woman?

>On Saturday March 1st at 1:00PM, I’ll be at the Eric Carle Museum, moderating a panel discussion inspired by our earlier conversation about why women don’t win the Caldecott Medal as often as they might. The panelists for “Read Roger Live” will include illustrator Jane Dyer, children’s-books sexpert Robie Harris, Viking publisher Regina Hayes, and […]

>February Web Watch

>Zoe has been poking around again.

>New Podcast: Grace and Alvina

>Our latest podcast is up. In anticipation of the Robert’s Snow: for Cancer’s Cure snowflake auction, Lolly talks with author-illustrator Grace Lin and her friend, co-blogger, and editor at Little Brown, Alvina Ling.

>RedSoxtober

>Barring funerals, pretty much the only time I hear from my now far-flung McNally relatives is when the Red Sox are doing well at whatever it is they do. Which, I guess, they’ve done. Honestly, I feel like I should trade houses with my California (or Delaware, Maryland . . .) cousins, because while I […]

>Bounced Back

>As a few people have noted on last week’s crankypants post, the SLJ site (and the unstoppable Fuse) are rid of the tawdry bijoux that decorated them. It’s safe to go back.

>"We Are All Winners"

>opined Karen Hesse in her Newbery-Medal acceptance speech (yeah, I know, easy for her to say) but I am stoked, not to mention contractually obligated, to announce the winners of Mother Reader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge. The Most Books Read Prize goes to the Midwestern Lodestar blog, and the Most Time Spent Reading Prize to […]