>Lions are . . .

>The New York Times Best Illustrated Books list is out, along with my review of The Lion & the Mouse. What a great book–I wish they had given me twice the space. When I sat down with it and my two young neighbors, the two year old boy announced, looking uncertainly at the cover, “lions […]

>Paging the Ambassador . . .

>The most interesting statistic of this teen reading survey concerns who responded to it: “while we purposely marketed the survey to attract male readers, females are the vast majority (96%) of responders.” It would be really good to know if book reading breaks down in similarly dramatic proportions. We know that girls and women read […]

>Can we grow the number of readers?

>Zetta Elliott makes some great points re people of color in books and as authors. Without in any way diminishing the very real problem of the white worldview of children’s book publishing, I am struck by how often and widely charges of non-representation (“why aren’t there more _____ in children’s books?” “where are the books […]

>Man Without a Face redux

>Or Batman and Robin, or maybe it’s simply Twilight for little gay guys, but Tan Twan Eng’s The Gift of Rain is quite the adolescent epic of doomed, yet eternal, love. Philip, the half-Chinese son of a wealthy colonialist, is sixteen when he meets Endo-san, an older Japanese man who has rented the small island […]

>Reading Fun with Goofus and Gallant

>Okay, handed an easy walk, I politely stepped around the bases, shaking hands with each player as I made my way home. Goofus, on the other hand . . . .

>More weeding wisdom

>From Work with Children in Public Libraries by Effie L. Power (ALA, 1943): “Nationality and race influence mode and type of reading and therefore library selection. Jewish boys and girls are inclined to read serious books on mature subjects, and Italian children who live most naturally out-of-doors under sunny skies read reluctantly but enjoy picture […]

>Somebody really didn’t think this through.

>The name of Toni and Slade Morrison’s forthcoming picture book from Wiseman/Simon & Schuster is Peeny-Butter Fudge. I can’t be the only adult who has the sense of humor of a nine-year-old.

>Sitting at the grownups table

>Over at Nonfiction Matters, Marc Aronson cautions us to think about the larger context in which debates about social responsibility and the Newbery take place: “What I’d like is a set of comments on the Newbery that is not drawn from a survey of four winners, or the latest demographic chart, but a wider sense […]

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>I review John Green’s Paper Towns and Kevin Brooks’s Black Rabbit Summer in the Times today. I had originally called the piece “Cherchez la Femme,” as both books are mysteries about boys looking for missing girls, but the Times in their wisdom retitled it. I like mine better but titles have to be the editor’s […]

>Yes, boys, but when no one is looking?

>Katie Couric apparently asked McCain and Obama about their favorite books and got pretty convincing answers: McCain chose For Whom the Bell Tolls and Obama Song of Solomon. As I said in the comments on yesterday’s post re Palin’s reading choices, “What are you reading?” and “What is your favorite book?” aren’t as easy to […]