Here We Are

Roger Sutton caricature by Ed Bryant

Welcome to the Horn Book’s new digital home; please take a look around. One of the things I like most about the new hbook.com is the ability it gives readers to engage in dialogue with us and each other; just about every post and article ends with a spot for you to tell us what you think. Please do so.

>Poetry plug

>TWU professor Sylvia Vardell and poet Janet Wong have collaborated to bring us PoetryTagTime, an ebook compilation of new poems for children. With Joyce Sidman, X.J Kennedy, and Jane Yolen among the thirty poets included, the organizing principle of the book is neat, with each poet “tagging” the next to write a poem which in […]

BALIS workshop, SFPL

  Of COURSE I stood up for The Book (in this case, Patrick McDonnell’s Me, Jane), but, really we all did–moderator Nina Lindsay and my co-panelists Kristin McLean and Jason Griffey–in the March 4 panel on e-books sponsored by the Bay Area Library and Information System. We were speaking in the wake of HarperCollins’s announcement […]

>Fingers first

>I really tried to work it with Miles and the iPad: Ehh, thinks Miles, but now his mother really, really wants one. But, at not-quite-two, he did not seem to understand that touching various spots on the glass would make different things happen. He did go after the one non-virtual button on the iPad with […]

>My whereabouts

>Off to San Francisco to talk about ebooks with the children’s librarians, have dinner with Nina Lindsay, catch up with college friends, and see the kids. Miles is getting Miles to Go (Candlewick) by Jamie Harper, and Sofia, daughter of my friend Georgie I met in an anthro class, is getting Me . . . […]

>Keeping it up

>We’re editing Magazine reviews today, and a couple have made me wonder when and whether we should mention author or publisher websites that promise additional material that supports the book. If anyone in library school is reading this and needs a paper topic, please take a sample of books published, say, three years ago, that […]

>Maybe they just have better things to do.

>Considering that it’s kind of like a Guinness Book of World Records for grownups, I guess I’m not surprised that less than 15 percent of Wikipedia’s contributors are female. I’ve dotted an i or two over there but that’s it; I wish the survey had asked the respondents if they were employed!

>Merry Christmas, now shut up.

>I’m over at Out of the Box today opining on Wild About Books, my favorite thus far of the book apps I have read/heard/fingered/etc. A larger question here, though–why are the narrators for these things so annoying? Thank God you have the option to shut them up and read aloud for yourself because I haven’t […]

>iDrink your blood

>Katie reviews Bekka Black’s iDrakula over at Out of the Box.

>To Have and to Hold

>With my colleagues at JLG and SLJ, I’m working on an upcoming presentation on collection development, specifically, how school and public libraries should balance their print and digital collections. While the medium–it’s a Power Point webinar–is new to me, my part of the message very much blows the old horn for fine books for boys […]