>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 […]

>Just how old IS Ellie Berger?

>As quoted in the Wall Street Journal:“There has been a real revolution” in books that “have more kid appeal,” especially when it comes to boys, says Ellie Berger, who oversees Scholastic’s trade division. “It’s a shift away from the drier books we all grew up with.” And I would love to know whose ass this […]

>We guys do love our schematics

>I’m so happy when a picture book for adults is published as just that. Like this one.

>I like timetables, too.

>Marc Aronson and I have been talking about Boys Books a lot, and about how boys can be confounded by adult definitions of what constitutes worthwhile reading: usually it means a book, often it means fiction, and when it does include nonfiction, it had better look a lot like a novel. But I am loving […]

>Play Ball!

>Claire has a roster of A-team sports books for you, so batter up before I run out of metaphors.

>It’s better than the hanky code!

>These are brilliant. Hey, Leila: does this come in H-E-N-R-Y and R-I-B-S-Y?

>A Great Choice

>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).

Boys and Girls

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 […]