This was a debate?

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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 […]

Parents and picture books

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 […]

>Lions are . . .

>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 […]

>Here, Kitty

>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 […]

>How Others See Us

>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 […]

>R.I.P. Eden

>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. […]

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>I review John Green’s Paper Towns and Kevin Brooks’s Black Rabbit Summer in the Times today. I had originally called the piece “Cherchez la Femme,” as both books are mysteries about boys looking for missing girls, but the Times in their wisdom retitled it. I like mine better but titles have to be the editor’s […]

>Are They Here?

>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 […]

>We guys do love our schematics

>I’m so happy when a picture book for adults is published as just that. Like this one.

>In lieu of a gift

>I’m guessing they’re too busy to read this but maybe you’re not.