>BEA

> (Photo by SLJ’s Rocco Staino) I had a great time. SLJ’s Day of Dialog on Tuesday was packed (both the schedule and attendance) and while I don’t think our panel on the difference between graphic novels and picture books actually came up with any answers, we had a good time exploring the question. I […]

>BEA

>The last time I was at BEA it was called ABA and I had just started working here. What I remember most, along with the glitz and giveaways that made ALA look like a sidewalk sale, was one renowned (his word) author of joke books coming over to angrily berate me for the fact that  […]

>We have liftoff

> and I’ll be signing at BEA if you’re in the neighborhood.

>Write on your hand instead

>Remember how creeped out everyone got when Amazon remotely deleted 1984 from Kindles everywhere? Well, this is creepier. Now they keep a record of what you underline.

>I’ll Take Things That Are Happening in the Future for $300, Alex

>1. It’s in the mail and features an interview with Margaret Wise Brown as well as some provocative thoughts on why a true respect for children’s books means not eating meat. 2. She’s illustrated some of the most beautiful picture books of the 20th and 21st century and is giving the annual Sutherland Lecture at […]

>What these two things have in common is Stephenie Meyer

>The Atlantic would like to see more book banning. Their argument makes me recall a discussion with a friend who was living in Mexico during a particularly repressive time–she said something like “well, sure, if you say the wrong thing too loudly you risk getting arrested, but in the States you can yell your head […]

My Day Out

I had a wonderful sort of field trip on Friday, observing books in the wild. Breakfast with Candlewick, who showed off some highlights from their fall list including–wait, is it too soon for me to start flogging this horse? NO–Martha and my A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult […]

>Don’t call me "Baby."

>Elizabeth Bluemle has a great lament up about not trusting–and feeding–children’s imaginations. The saddest line: “It used to be that naming your new stuffed animal was practically a sacred rite of passage in plush parenting; now, if the tag on the creature doesn’t provide a pre-fab name, we’re seeing kids at a loss, calling their […]

>Support your local superstore!

>A. Bitterman has some tips! He does bring up a moral question that vexes me, though. If I want a copy of, say, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which Betsy Hearne says I do), am I morally required to go out of my way to purchase it at an independent bookseller? There […]

>But enough about you. Or me.

>As we did late last year, Child_Lit has been discussing the U.K.’s age-banding proposal with some ferocity the past few days. While I am firmly in the camp of those who oppose the scheme, a speech Philip Pullman gave on the subject is working my nerves. It’s very much a speech to the choir (which […]