>And slept, on the bus, through the Superbowl

> Back from a weekend in New York–Lost in the Stars at Encores! (terribly worthy and high-minded), Billy Elliot (LOTS of fun) and a double-dip at MOMA with Andy Warhol’s movies and the Abstract Expressionists (my favorite pictured, Jackson Pollock’s Easter and the Totem). I wonder when we learn to be willingly (if grudgingly) edified. […]

>Because people are buying them for the wrong reasons

>When people ask me why the Magazine doesn’t review many best-selling picture books, I can now just point them over to J. L. Bell’s place.

>Who Can Win What?

>Esme Codell takes Marc Aronson‘s part in this perpetual debate. One historical point–Esme cites Ouida Sebestyen’s Words By Heart as one book that “makes an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution to an African-American audience and to everyone else as well,” thus making the Coretta Scott King Awards suffer for its ineligibility. But I remember the […]

>In lieu of a gift

>I’m guessing they’re too busy to read this but maybe you’re not.

>You can buy a printer, but can you buy a clue?

>We got a call last week asking if the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards accept submissions of print-on-demand books. Editorial Anonymous explains why not. Clueless wannabes will always be with us but what confounds me more are stories that indulge in all the sentimentality, preachiness, lame rhyming and anthropomorphism we say never, ever to indulge a […]

>Oops! I did it again

>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. […]

>"Mad Bitches Against Gay People"

>Here‘s an interesting story about censorship and the upcoming publication of And Tango Makes Three in the U.K. I’m refreshed by Mel Burgess’s suggestion that censorship furor is often more a fact of media exploitation than it is a reflection of the actual fortunes of a book. For the record, here’s what the Horn Book […]

>"Crap, here comes Teacher!"

>In the comments on the earlier post about dueling reviews, `h wrote: Speaking of the good stick. There’s something I’d like you to measure — heavy handed instruction — when an author sticks something into the text that clearly doesn’t fit in order to model some lesson– girls are just as smart as boys, or […]