>Who Will Read About Whom?

>Responding to the drama about Bloomsbury twice whitewashing a character on a book jacket, Mitali Perkins has a poll going on about how young readers react to covers with non-white characters. Go on over and cast your vote. One thing and one thing only I want to say about the Bloomsbury covers and the call […]

>Books under wraps

> Lolly took this neat picture of what our book collection looks like during remodeling. I can’t quite tell where in the alphabet this is.

>Help me out?

>Martha and I are looking for illustrations for our forthcoming book for parents and want to include an iconic cover or illustration from a YA book that shows a teen reading. Any bells ringing? I was hopeful for The Book Thief but it’s got dominoes.

>But enough about you. Or me.

>As we did late last year, Child_Lit has been discussing the U.K.’s age-banding proposal with some ferocity the past few days. While I am firmly in the camp of those who oppose the scheme, a speech Philip Pullman gave on the subject is working my nerves. It’s very much a speech to the choir (which […]

>Somebody owes Lisa Yee a Mac

> (Thanks to Lolly Robinson for the tip.)

>Code Pink

>Scanning the multitudes of new books throughout the office, I am struck–again–by the endurance of pink covers on light teen girl fiction. I know this is nothing new; what interests me is the fact that I wrote about this four years ago, and I’m surprised it still works–not the chicklit formula, which is eternal, but […]

>What’s the difference between confidence and fluency?

>Commenter Zolah passed along this story about a proposed scheme in the U.K. to label children’s books by “reading age.” Let’s hope the Brits don’t try to bring this one into Boston Harbor. The organizers claim that children will not be put off by having their books belly-branded with “early, “developing,” “confident,” or “fluent,” but […]

>Someone must have read the book in the meantime

>the ARC: the finished book: Deirdre Baker has some pertinent thoughts (from “Musings on Diverse Worlds,” Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2007): In some cases, where the politics of inclusivity is not in the foreground of the story, the racial attributes of nonwhite heroes are rendered virtually invisible. Both Ged of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea […]

>Well, you do know it’s going over the net.

>I like the commenter on Alison Morris’s new ShelfTalker blog at PW (welcome, Alison) who says that the cover for the new Harry Potter looks like our lad is serving a tennis ball. Maybe if I had read Harry while imagining he looked like Roger Federer I might have gotten further in the series than […]