>Jon Scieszka (rhymes with n’est-ce pas) has been named the first “national ambassador for young people’s literature.” I talked to Jon last summer about boys and reading; hear all about it in our podcast (scroll down).
We have called this special issue “Boys and Girls” in tribute to where the Horn Book’s great adventure began, as the newsletter of Bertha Mahony’s Bookshop for Boys and Girls, est. 1916. But as someone who came of age with the second-wave feminism of the 1970s, I’m anxious that we not be seen as favoring [...]
>The inaugural Horn Book Podcast is up for your listening pleasure. Lolly is setting it up with iTunes so you’ll be able to subscribe; for now, go to the podcast page on our site to hear my interview with Jon Scieszka. I interviewed Jon for our special September issue, Boys and Girls. That too is [...]
>Via a colleague, I was recently warned by someone “just trying to be helpful” to refrain from political commentary on this blog. The thinking was that making fun of Republicans was not good for children’s books, the one place, apparently, where we all get along. And children’s books have certainly been good to the Republicans. [...]
>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 [...]
>Brooklyn and Harlem, too. But I began my New York Time (an obscure but funny adult novel by Richard Peck, btw) with a view, from Elizabeth’s living room, of the East River and ended it in Viking publisher Regina Hayes’ office, which overlooks the Hudson. And had a grand time in between, too. The memorial [...]
>Sorry, you all; I know the last week on this blog has been like sitting in class and getting hand-outs from Teacher. I’ve been quite busy with BGHB stuff and proofreading the Guide. Whereupon. Whereupon I had one of those old-fashioned, Jane O’Reilly “clicks!” of recognition, although in my case it was not a housewife’s [...]
>The Boston Globe‘s David Mehegan takes a look today at the evergreen topic of boys and reading, focusing on a pair of Houghton Mifflin veterans who are repackaging, for Sterling Publishing, the old Random House nonfiction Landmark Books series for a new generation of boys. We’ll see. Leonard Marcus is quoted as being a little [...]