>Christmas koan

>If the tree tilts toward the room, can we see it? Shall we fear it?

>Monday catch-up

>–Claire has a new booklist of fairy tales up on our site. –Cynsations interviews my pal Cathie Mercier, director of the terrific Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, which includes among its founders Horn Book editors Paul and Ethel Heins, and for which I will be leading a seminar next summer. –Mother […]

>Dasher, Dancer, Dunder and Jesus

>More Christmas sadness–”Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” got temporarily yanked for its “religious overtones.” (That must be the Mongolian throat-singing version.)

>If you need a good Christmas cry

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>Dutch Courage?

>I mentioned over on Facebook showing one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs’s book, to the little Dutch kids from downstairs. One is two and the other four and they both seem to enjoy the film (or maybe it’s just that hypno-glaze the Snowman himself demonstrates when he watches TV […]

>November/December Horn Book Magazine

>The new issue is wending its way to your mailbox and we’ve posted selected excerpts online, including a three-way take on e-books and our annual list of the best holiday books. Does this mean I can finally start listening to Christmas carols?

>Merry Christmas Darlings

>Hey, I finally made it. I hope everyone gets some nice uninterrupted recreational reading time over the holidays. I’ve started my own off with The Exception by Christian Jungersen (Talese/Doubleday), a hugely engrossing mystery/thriller/black comedy (I think) about the employees of a Danish genocide documentation center. The women who work there have been receiving threatening […]

>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 […]

>The Nov/Dec 2007 Horn Book Magazine

>is out and we’ve posted some selections on our website along with a nifty bunch of web extras (who knew Astrid Lindgren could be such a . . . oh, go look for yourself and fill in the blank). And that Christmassy cover of Olivia is giving me complete permission to ramp up the carols […]