>I used to spend a lot of money

>at the Coop bookstore in Harvard Square. I knew it was a Barnes and Noble, but I liked the selection and the clerks are nice and I knew where it was (I still find Harvard Square hard to navigate). But now that I have heard, via Bookshelves of Doom, that the Coop considers freakin’ ISBNs […]

>Throw the book at her?

>Librarian Kristin Peto of Maine sent me the story about the woman, JoAnn Karkos, who checked out two copies of It’s Perfectly Normal (a 1995 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor awardee, so you know where we stand) from Maine libraries and is declining to return them, sending checks for $20.95 (I’m guessing the price on the […]

>Kathy Griffin Isn’t the Only One to Drag Jesus into It

>And at least she was funny. Last month, we got a letter from a woman who decided she wanted to cancel her subscription to the Magazine because of Patty Campbell’s report on the word fuck, Susan Patron’s account of the little scrotum that could (and did) and our then upcoming special issue on gender, the […]

>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. […]

>Uh-oh

>So Baby Einstein is actually bad for babies? While this study will probably only provoke more rounds of the coffee-hurts-you-coffee-helps-you kinds of further studies, I’d love to let the Freakonomics guys loose on this one. There are so many other correlations: if the Baby Einstein videos don’t do what they promise, it could be because […]

>He Knows When You’re Asleep at the Wheel, Too

>Yep, it’s 96 degrees out there but we’ve started pulling together our “Holiday Books” review section for the November issue. We will have some good books to tell you about there, I promise, but meanwhile I thought I would mention three concepts that might need to go back to Santa’s workshop for some retooling: –celebrating […]

>Ten Cents a Dance

>. . . or, in this case a dollar a word. My enterprising friend Mike Ford–we met when I heard a man yelling “Roger! Roger!” in the park, and it turned out to be Mike calling his dog–is writing a pay-as-you-go novel online, where he will add another word for each dollar somebody gives him. […]

>And how!

>I was happy to see Debbie Reese confirm my impression of American Girl World as hostile territory. Why people continue to see this empire as good for children is beyond me. If you want to educate your children into the joys of brand loyalty and conspicuous consumption, at least Disney is more affordable. And the […]

>Make it Stop!

>SLJ, I love you. I happily worked with Lillian Gerhardt and Trev Jones for years, and I did some of my best writing in your pages. And Little, Brown, too, where I published my sole book for young people and whose upcoming offerings include the extremely terrific The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian […]

>The New Laureate

>Sometime Horn Book contributor Madelyn Travis interviews Britain’s new children’s laureate Michael Rosen, he of the funny verse and the very sad book. We love Madelyn here because it was her since-third-grade friendship with our Jennifer Brabander that brought Bridget Jones’s Diary to the Horn Book long before the rest of you had heard of […]