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>"The Harry Potter Look"

>The post about judging people–I mean, getting to know people–by the books they read on the subway and keep upon their shelves sent me back to the books-by-the-foot mavens, who this month are offering a special for would-be wizards.

>The E.B. White Readaloud Award

>has been announced today by the Association of Booksellers for Children: for picture books, the winner is When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach and David Small (Simon & Schuster) and for older readers, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown). Congrats to all. I would personally like to give a […]

>Code Pink

>Scanning the multitudes of new books throughout the office, I am struck–again–by the endurance of pink covers on light teen girl fiction. I know this is nothing new; what interests me is the fact that I wrote about this four years ago, and I’m surprised it still works–not the chicklit formula, which is eternal, but […]

>Some people still wear a hat.

>Former Horn Book editor Anita Silvey received the Education Publishing Association‘s Ludington Award “for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the paperback book business.” Her confrerees at the award banquet sported the singular Silvey accessory in her honor: (Anita is second from the left.) Let us join in the salute. Congrats, A.S.! […]

>Chickens and Eggs

>Galleycat’s post re the First Book project reminds me of the argument advanced by Freakonomics that while the presence of lots of books in the home correlates with children being proficient readers, such literary wealth does not cause that proficiency, it simply means that reading parents tend to have reading children. That bio-determinated thought also […]

>What’s the difference between confidence and fluency?

>Commenter Zolah passed along this story about a proposed scheme in the U.K. to label children’s books by “reading age.” Let’s hope the Brits don’t try to bring this one into Boston Harbor. The organizers claim that children will not be put off by having their books belly-branded with “early, “developing,” “confident,” or “fluent,” but […]

>As Betty and Wilma say, "CHARGE!"

>Children’s Book Shop proprietress Terri Schmitz talks with Kitty Flynn about children’s-book shopping for the holidays and recommending some of her favorites on our latest podcast. I’ll be over soon, Terri. We’ve got this swell Dutch couple renting our first floor apt and they have two completely adorable kids–a one year old boy and a […]

>Yes, I do want fries with that.

>Galleycat links to a thoughtfully cranky piece about booksellers who pat themselves on the back for selling “banned” books such as Huckleberry Finn while simultaneously refusing to sell Tintin in the Congo: Providing unencumbered access to the literary works created under the auspices of free speech (all of ’em — not just the ones we […]

>I used to spend a lot of money

>at the Coop bookstore in Harvard Square. I knew it was a Barnes and Noble, but I liked the selection and the clerks are nice and I knew where it was (I still find Harvard Square hard to navigate). But now that I have heard, via Bookshelves of Doom, that the Coop considers freakin’ ISBNs […]

>Scaring me

>What with avoiding writing and having a cold and pissing off bloggers left and right and all, I’ve been spending the last couple of days looking at a lot of book blogs. Many of them feature sidebar ads from Amazon.com, and while I have no problem with that, I’ve noticed that the books featured therein […]