>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 […]

>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 […]