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On Susan Kusel’s “Book or Treat!” (from 2016)

“Over the years, I’ve been amazed at the number of kids who arrive at my house looking forward to selecting their book.” In “Book or Treat!,” librarian and “frequent book-award committee member” Susan Kusel writes about the genius way she divests herself of the many review copies she receives throughout the year. On Halloween, she […]

Book or Treat!

I hand out books every Halloween. I fill a table in my foyer with books from all genres and for all age levels. As each group of trick-or-treaters comes to my door, I offer books in addition to a bowl of candy. I’ve learn many lessons after years of “Book or Treat”; here are some […]

Eat up

Lolly just brought me a copy of the November/December Horn Book Magazine and I must say it looks like candy, all chocolate and caramel and cream. Yum. May print never die.

Old friends

Had a wonderful day with great friend (and former boss) Betsy Hearne at the Eric Carle on Saturday. Together we led a little lunchtime discussion–I started it by asking Betsy what she found to be most different about children’s books from when she became a librarian in the late sixties and now. She had a […]

>Milk, milk, lemonade

>I brought back from Vermont a pound each of chocolate and penuche fudge for office sharing and have been industriously monitoring which is going faster. The results are surprising: although the chocolate is maintaining a consistent edge, the penuche is holding its own. Perhaps the Horn Book is even more New-England-parochial than we had all […]