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On Roger Sutton’s “What Makes a Good Gift Book? Step Aside!” (from November 2006)

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With The Holidaze upon us once again, the pressure is on; as book people, our go-to gifts are books, but selecting the right book for the right child can still be daunting, even for those of us who work with children’s books. Ten years ago, the Horn Book’s own Roger Sutton weighed in on “What […]

The morning after

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[In a burst of apparently unwarranted Dewey-beats-Truman optimism, my original draft for this afternoon’s Notes from the Horn Book editorial suggested that Hillary Clinton could do worse than read some E.B. White (Melissa Sweet’s Some Writer! is reviewed in the issue) to guide her presidency. Probably still not a bad idea even as things turned […]

A Kerlan Fellow Inspired by Two Particular Fellows: Arnold Lobel and James Marshall

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As the recipient of the 2016 Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship, I was given the chance to spend several days at the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota looking through original artwork, sketches, manuscripts, notebooks, and other items that have been donated to the Kerlan. It’s a vast, impressive collection with many of my […]

A truly great guy

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Clarion Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have asked me to invite you all to a memorial service  for their longtime colleague and my friend James Cross Giblin, to be held at NYC’s LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St, on Friday, October 28th at 2:30PM. RSVP to rachael DOT stein AT hmhco DOT com.

Grumpy Old Men

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The Grumpy Old Men are coming your way around three o’clock this afternoon. Check back then at the Talks With Roger page to see us.

Back from ALA

My view of Orlando

I’m back from ALA, but I hope that before Conference gets too far behind us that everybody takes a few minutes to read Christopher Myers’ meditation on the killings in Orlando that happened earlier this month. Chris proposed this piece to me last Tuesday night via email and got it to me Thursday morning; we […]

East Side, West Side

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Thank you, Allie Jane Bruce, for inviting me to come tell a story last week at the Bank Street College library. It was great to TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP over that bridge one more time. And I loved spending time with my longtime friend Richard Peck, whose new book THE BEST MAN comes out in the […]

Goodbye, Jim

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I was sorry to hear on Monday about the death of James Cross Giblin, editor, publisher, author, and friend–to me and countless others in the children’s book business. Back before it was even a Thing, Jim was writing narrative nonfiction about the damnedest things–windows, milk–and had the gift for conveying his own enthusiasm for his topics […]

Peter Dickinson, 1927-2015

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One-of-a-kind British writer Peter Dickinson died in December at age eighty-eight. His work cannot be easily categorized: a prolific author, he wrote everything from adult detective novels to speculative YA science fiction to heart-stopping adventures to intriguing almost-fantasies. The protagonists in his work for children range from an American-missionary boy who finds himself trekking through […]

Reviews of select titles by Peter Dickinson

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Heartsease by Peter Dickinson; illus. by Nathan Goldstein Little      223 pp. 1969     $4.95 A companion to The Weathermonger, set in a future time in England after the “Changes” which caused man to retrogress to dark medieval ways and to outlaw machines. Again, witchcraft is an element in the story, and again some of the few […]