>Hard books and awards

>Australian Sonya Harnett has won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an honor that speaks to the discussion we’re having about Nina Lindsay’s comments about “shelf-sitters.” Completely deserving of the many awards her writing has won, Hartnett is, however, no crowd-pleaser. While as a culture we are used to the fact that adult fiction with a […]

>More on the Love That Won’t Shut Up

>I’m very interested in a comment Nina Lindsay made on the “oh, grow up” thread. Nina said, in part:To take this in another direction…I’m someone who reads both adult and children’s literature recreationally, but I do find often that my recreational response to children’s literature gets in the way of my professional response. On a […]

>Yet another G-word

>I received an email yesterday from a librarian who hated our reviews because she thought they had too much plot summary, but she was really pissed that we “almost always give away the ending.” Her first point is debatable–how much is too much?–but her second is demonstrably false while containing a truth: sometimes, we do […]

>Merry Christmas Darlings

>Hey, I finally made it. I hope everyone gets some nice uninterrupted recreational reading time over the holidays. I’ve started my own off with The Exception by Christian Jungersen (Talese/Doubleday), a hugely engrossing mystery/thriller/black comedy (I think) about the employees of a Danish genocide documentation center. The women who work there have been receiving threatening […]

>You can’t run a library without Tomie dePaola

>as I told the Boston Globe.

>Hitting Them over the Head

>Child_Lit has been unusually lively the last couple of weeks, with discussions of The Dark is Rising, Love You Forever (again), gypsies, and gay-seeming children all perking along nicely, but what has intrigued me most is a thread inspired by a post from GraceAnne DeCandido, who has given me permission to reproduce it here: Dear […]

>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 […]

>A typical office conversation

>. . . is the subject of our latest podcast. Yes. Kitty and I while away the precious minutes between editing philosophizing about the big picture. We never talk about TV, for example, or our coworkers’ sartorial choices. So have a listen to what passes for gossip in the Horn Book offices. Kitty has also […]

>Why Do I Review Books?

>So someone asked amidst the great blog wars of Tuesday. It’s a fair question but has a long answer. Let’s first get out of the way me v. The Horn Book, because, obviously, I review books because it’s part of my job, and my job is to “blow the horn for fine books for boys […]

>Where the world was as blue as an orange

>If not the world, then the University of Illinois, where even the damned goldfish gracing the tank in the Illini Union come in the school colors. (As does this blog, I suddenly notice. It has to be the ugliest color combo I’ve ever seen, and now I know I’m going to see it everywhere.) But […]