That New York Times “Room for Debate” on adults reading young adult books is an odd mess. Of the seven essayists, only two actually grapple with the posited question: “Why have young adult books become so popular so quickly — even with not-so-young adults?” Patricia McCormick preaches to the choir that YA books are more […]
I review three picture books about little superheroes for the New York Times this week. (I didn’t much like any of them.) Reviewing for a newspaper (or whatever it is we call them now) is really different from what we need to do at the Horn Book. You get more words, but you have to […]
>The New York Times Best Illustrated Books list is out, along with my review of The Lion & the Mouse. What a great book–I wish they had given me twice the space. When I sat down with it and my two young neighbors, the two year old boy announced, looking uncertainly at the cover, “lions […]
>On October 3, the Eric Carle Museum is sponsoring a panel discussion about the legacy of NYT children’s book editor Eden Ross Lipson along with a display of books from an exhibition Eden had been planning for the museum, “The Silent Cat.” While it is NOT true that the Caldecott Committee awards extra points for […]
>The New York Times obituary for Eden is a gracious tribute but does that thing I hate: “Eden Ross Lipson . . . was a force in bringing the enchanting but often overlooked world of children’s literature to wide public awareness.” The REASON children’s literature is overlooked is because we persist in regarding it as […]
>Former New York Times children’s book editor Eden Ross Lipson died this morning. She was the editor who first hired me to write for the Times, and she taught me a lot in regard to how to write for a general audience about children’s books. We became pals over the years and I’ll miss her. […]
>Does anyone else think it’s kind of wild that the New York Times published an op-ed warning us to take UFO’s more seriously? I mean, I will, I do, just strange to see it there. The TV debut of the Teletubbies was not at all surprising to those of us who had read John Christopher’s […]
>I’m so happy when a picture book for adults is published as just that. Like this one.