>Win Jan Brett

>I have it on good authority that when Jan Brett was asked how she paints the incredibly intricate borders of her popular picture books she replied, “an inch an hour.”  But you can ask her yourself by entering (and, duh, winning) her contest for a free school or library visit. Just be the school or […]

>Too damned long

>I see that PW has followed up on Betsy Bird’s thoughts on the Amazon Vine program; their speculation that membership in Vine might be a perk for good customers is intriguing if not substantiated. What seems oddest to me is that this program–for which publishers and other producers pay for the privilege of having their […]

>Not quite the Myracle it seems

>While Scholastic has gotten a lot of press these last couple of weeks about censoring its book club selections, this is not new; the company has been cleaning up its club editions ever since dirty words started appearing in children’s books. Six Boxes of Books has the best analysis of the controversy I’ve seen yet. […]

>The science museum had lost its charm

>I twittered my on-the-spot reactions to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science, mainly, as a way to kill time because this show was definitely So Not My Thing. While I knew it was going to be about the films (which I’ve only seen out of the corner of my eye on […]

>Happy to help!

>M.T. Anderson tipped me to this thoughtful NYT piece about the state of trade books in the classroom (wow, that phrase sounds as antiquated as whole language) and the fact that the Horn Book gets a shout out on the third page. We are of course always gratified when teachers find us helpful in their […]

>I didn’t see this coming.

>Round 2 of the BoB has begun, with Tim Wynne Jones choosing Kingdom on the Waves over Trouble Begins at Eight. The judges do not have all appeared to get my memo: in this round it was supposed to be Kingdom v. Graveyard Book, Chains v. Tender Morsels, Frankie Landau-Banks v. Hunger Games and Graceling […]

>Reading Fun with Goofus and Gallant

>Okay, handed an easy walk, I politely stepped around the bases, shaking hands with each player as I made my way home. Goofus, on the other hand . . . .

>Aargh?

>Do we think that the Somalian pirate drama is going to dampen the enthusiasm for “fun” pirates in children’s books? Or for–oh Lord, please–National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Elizabeth thinks not. We just talked and she opined that the pirate thing had already run its course anyway. But there was a sturdy tradition of […]

>"Oh yes, the new Lowry. Haven’t quite got to it yet, but the woman’s a genius."

>While I can think of plenty of children’s books that are actually coffee table books for adults (I know Wabi Sabi was a popular book in the blogosphere but to me it’s a perfect example of this) I’m wondering if there is such a thing among children themselves. Like, is there a Fatal Shore for […]

>Complete with pop-up nuns but no Nazis

>”Maria always said that ‘girls in white dresses’ were among her favorite things, but she never thought she would be one of them!”–from The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up, forthcoming in August from S&S.