>Who Will Read About Whom?

>Responding to the drama about Bloomsbury twice whitewashing a character on a book jacket, Mitali Perkins has a poll going on about how young readers react to covers with non-white characters. Go on over and cast your vote. One thing and one thing only I want to say about the Bloomsbury covers and the call […]

>Jenny from the Block feels your pain

>People all over the Internet are making of fun of Jennifer Lopez for the remarks reproduced below, but to me she sounds like just about every author or illustrator of children’s books I know. Especially this week. I feel like I had that [Oscar worthy role] in El Cantante, but I don’t even think the […]

>One question or two?

>So, what does it mean–if anything–that Phillip Hoose’s National Book Award winning Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is ineligible for the Coretta Scott King Award (because Hoose is white) and Jerry Pinkney’s Lion & the Mouse is in the same position because it isn’t about black people? Does it not matter, or have the CSK […]

>Shh! The movie’s started!

>Over at SLJ’s excellent Heavy Medal, Nina Lindsay and the Horn Book’s own Jonathan Hunt are playing Siskel and Ebert with A Season of Gifts, a debate I predicted (or precipitated–my working theory about FlashForward) a couple of weeks ago.

>I agree with everybody

>Pirate Pete asked my thoughts on the Almagor/Flake debate. I was unable to post while it was at its height and did not want to stomp in at the end, but I felt like they were both right, a situation made possible because they weren’t talking about the same thing. It’s the same dilemma we […]

>Debating Black Books

>Due to popular demand, we’re posting Lelac Almagor’s And Stay Out of Trouble: Narratives for Black Urban Children from the September/October special issue on Trouble. And to further, er, trouble the waters, we have a response to the article from writer Sharon G. Flake. I’d be interested to hear any comments in the comments. As […]

>Can we grow the number of readers?

>Zetta Elliott makes some great points re people of color in books and as authors. Without in any way diminishing the very real problem of the white worldview of children’s book publishing, I am struck by how often and widely charges of non-representation (“why aren’t there more _____ in children’s books?” “where are the books […]

>Ponyo

>Wow, what a great movie. I’d gone in expecting another Spirited Away, which I found gorgeous but rambling and portentous and adult, but Ponyo is a true kids’ movie. That’s not to say I didn’t have a fine time playing spot-the-allusion–forget “The Little Mermaid,” Ponyo has The Magic Flute all over it–but the heroes seem […]

>Not to mention the flaming cheese. Opa!

>Back from ALA but barely. Returned to Boston Tuesday evening then spent Wednesday on the phone for a Horn Book board meeting; faced today with two hundred pages of Guide editing and my Simmons class coming over to talk about reviewing in situ. It was a great conference–the author interviews went very well despite some […]

>Go boys, go!

>Eric Carle and Walter Dean Myers are USBBY’s nominees for next year’s Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The complete list of nominees is here. The disproportionate number of men, worldwide, nominated for this award this year reminds me to link to Editorial Anonymous’s current discussion of the CSK Who-Can-Win-What question. My thoughts on that have already […]