>I felt like The Wicked Child

>at the Seder last night, but, being a good goyische guest, I kept my smarty-pants moyl shut when someone talked about the inspiring “true” story about the quilts that mapped the way to the North for enslaved African Americans before the Civil War. It’s a nice idea but, “Escaping tonight? Oh, let me sew you […]

>Blogging Bolognese

>Just typing that, I’m hungry. I know things have been quiet ’round here; we’re in the middle of our remodeling/move and my mind is perpetually elsewhere. But I have been keeping with with the Bologna Book Fair via Craig Virden’s excellent posts over at PW; do take a look. And our faithful friend Elizabeth is […]

>March Notes

>The latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book should or could be in your inbox now. Bon appetit, he says, already deep into laying out the May Magazine, which features an essay about food (and a recipe) by Linda Sue Park along with madeleines from Arnolf Adoff, Jack Gantos, Lynne Rae Perkins and Peter […]

>Isn’t this why they brought us blue M&Ms?

>The New York Times has an article about parents making kids afraid of Oreos, but one nutritionist offers sensible advice: All an 8-year-old kid should know is that he or she should eat a variety of colors, and don’t supersize anything but your water jug.

>Happy New Year

> With our best girls Charlene and Lori at Lorraine’s in Provincetown last night. Ptown was hit by a blizzard yesterday so it was something of a haul getting to the restaurant but the streets sure looked pretty with the Christmas lights twinkling against the snow. I’ve discovered a problem with bringing lots of books […]

>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 […]

>Got the Horse Right Here

>What interests me most about the new William C. Morris award for new YA writers is the presentation of a shortlist from which the winner will be chosen. While standard procedure for some children’s book awards in other countries and for our own National Book Award, this is a new twist for ALA. I’m of […]

>Is It Worth Waiting for?

>Claire has a new booklist up about food. And don’t forget, tonight I’ll be moderating a panel with Susan Meddaugh, Susan Moynihan, Anita Silvey and David Wiesner to celebrate the work of James Marshall, artist and cook. Yummers!

>Read and Grow Thin

>The New York Times is reporting that reading a novel about weight loss can help you lose weight. I’d love to believe this. But don’t.

>New and new

>The new Notes from the Horn Book should be in your inbox. And Claire’s latest list–Summer Reading–is up on our site. I think I should confess that I am hooked on Beach Blondes, wherein Summer has three hot dudes vying for her attention and a possible fourth who may be her long lost big brother. […]