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They ARE judging you

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award judges will be meeting in Boston this weekend to make their decisions. Anyone have any inside dirt? I’ll be announcing the winners on Saturday, May 31st at BEA, 1:00PM in the Librarians’ Lounge at Javits.

A true Dutch treat

I hope you jumped on those Sutherland Lecture tickets yesterday because they are gone baby gone–I understand that even the waiting list is full. A big fan of John Green’s books, I am nevertheless nervous about being in an auditorium filled with John Green Girls, beautiful, complicated and ka-razy creatures that they are. Or do […]

Review of In New York

In New York by Marc Brown; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 3/14    978-0-375-86454-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-96454-1    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-307-97444-0    $10.99 Join the little blue-capped boy from the cover as he and his father make cameo appearances throughout this enthusiastically busy guide to New York City. Just about all of […]

NYC with a Cherry on top

Back from New York, where I spent Saturday morning at Bank Street College talking about book reviewing with my sisters at SLJ (Luann Toth), Kirkus (Vicky Smith), and the New York Times (Sarah Harrison Smith). We talked about numbers of books (too many), lengths of books (too long) and the thinking involved in matching the […]

Me and the girls

                Saturday morning AT THE UNGODLY HOUR OF 9:00AM I’ll be joining my book reviewing sisters Sarah Smith (NYTBR) Vicky Smith (Kirkus) and Luann Toth (SLJ) for a panel discussion of book reviewing at Bank Street College in New York. I hope you can join us.

More early learning

Jenny Brown and the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street are putting on an ECE show of their own next Saturday, April 13th. “Literature for Early Childhood: What Do You Need to Know?” runs from nine to noon and will be keynoted by Horn Book fave Laura Vaccaro Seeger. You can sign up here.

Les Français sont à venir!

In international news, French President François Hollande announced today that in gratitude for our loan of Elizabeth Law to La Ville-Lumière, he is sending some of his country’s most esteemed illustrateurs to New York City for a series of public pourparlers avec some of our own. Here’s the full lineup and schedule.

Sights! Lights! Nights!

Spent a day with our sister and brother in New York last week; while the Media Source office (in Soho) has mostly recovered from Sandy, staff in New Jersey and on Long Island had horror stories and hellish commutes. (OTOH, their office is surrounded by chicness and restaurants, whereas we have a Holiday Inn, Hess […]

We’re still here

but a little hard to reach. Boston was barely brushed by Sandy–we had wind and some rain but never lost power–but our email server sits in Soho in a currently shuttered building. Our LJ and SLJ colleagues are all working from home (or friends’ homes!) via the web, Twitter, Facebook and cell phone. Prayers and […]

Calling all wolves

  Joan Aiken’s daughter Lizza is hosting an evening in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. You should go. The anniversary has also prompted a new audio edition of the novel (Listening Library) about which Martha says: “I’ve just started listening to it, narrated by Joan Aiken’s daughter […]