>Jokers to the left of me, jokers to the right

>Leila pointed me to this case in Seattle of Brave New World being yanked from the curriculum for being insensitive re Native Americans. The Prez has already gotten in trouble (per usual) with Fox News for the inclusion in his new picture book of Sitting Bull (http://nation.foxnews.com/media/2010/11/15/obama-praises-indian-chief-who-killed-us-general); I’m wondering if that same spread is going […]

>The Horn Book lends a hand

>Cynsations interviews illustrator Nicole Tagdell, who credits a Horn Book article by our reviewer Susan Dove Lempke with inspiring her career.

>Bring back Louis Darling!

> Some on the ALSC listserv are complaining that a new ALA poster lacks ethnic diversity. (If you squint you can see two kids of color in the background.) But the poster is based on Beverly Cleary’s major characters (white people all, yes?) as seen in their latest editions, illustrated by Tracy Dockray. As black-and-white […]

>Championed by Children

> Mitali Perkins has up a great letter sent on her behalf by a group of second-graders to Barnes and Noble: “we were surprised when we figured out that most of your bookstores in Massachusetts don’t carry her books. Why do you not carry Mitali Perkins’ books in your bookstore?!” Who knows if they will […]

>Congrats to Siobhán!

>Via childlit, I have learned that Siobhán Parkinson has been named Ireland’s first laureate for children’s literature. Read her bristling article on the Famine in children’s books to clear the faery dew from yer head.

>And as a bonus, I would even shelve books.

>In my next life, I hope to come back as a children’s book writer with enough talent and poise to be invited by the wonderful Monika Schröder to visit the American embassy school in New Delhi. Linda Sue Park just got back.

Love Letter to Japan

A great song by Bird and the Bee, and one I would like to sing today in honor of Japanese publisher Rei Uemura, remarking in the April 5th issue of PW of the offerings at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair: “There are too many zombies, vampires, werewolves. I can’t tell them apart anymore.” Diane Roback […]

>Sunday morning reading

>Oh, so much to catch up on here and an editorial to finish to boot. In the meantime, check out two essays by Friends of the Horn Book: Boston Globe-Horn Book judge Julie Just writes about parents in YA books for the NYTBR and Zetta Elliott, whose “Decolonizing the Imagination” appeared in the March/April issue, […]

>Why is there air?

>And why does everyone think we all understand football? Last week I finally saw The Blind Side, whose climax involves a football game and a kid learning how to change from being a crap football player to a great footballer player. I couldn’t tell the difference between what he was doing wrong and what he […]

Who will read about who?

Whom? I never get that right. In either case, J. L. Bell has posted one of the smartest things I’ve yet read about color and reading. Much of the current blogging discussion about the “whitewashing” of covers, etc., assumes that if evil publishers and ignorant librarians would only change their ways and open their eyes […]