>My first blog dream

>I dreamed last night that I was blogging about a catalog for an original-art exhibition I had received in the mail. The show was by Emily Arnold McCully, and most of the watercolors–beautiful all–were in the five or six thousand dollar range. There was one, though, that was listed at 2.1 million, and it was […]

>I just want to say this one thing about the Newbery

>Over at Oz and Ends Monday, J.L. Bell questioned the lack of diversity among the Newbery winner and its attendant Honors, noting that all four books are “very serious” and have girls as central characters. Run, I wanted to tell him. Duck-and-cover. Some people get really protective of that medal, as Martha Parravano and Lauren […]

>Awards update

>A complete list of the 2007 ALA winners is now up on our website. We’ve included our reviews: see what the Horn Book thought of the winners.

>And the Winners Are…

>From the ALA Midwinter press conference: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Jackson/Atheneum) has won the 2007 Newbery Award; the Caldecott Award goes to Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion); and author-illustrator James Marshall is the recipient of the Wilder Award for his lasting contribution to children’s literature. Check back here later today (around […]

>Nothing to see here, folks

>as I am distractedly trying to keep with Guide and Magazine book review edits while getting ready to go to ALA tomorrow. I will try to post from Seattle and I promise to let you know what making The Call (for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award) is like.

>Scott O’Dell Award

>The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (Viking) is the winner of the 2007 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The award is presented to a children’s or young adult book published in English by a U.S. publisher and set in the Americas. A standing committee (Ann Carlson; Hazel Rochman, chair; and Roger Sutton) selects […]

>Who Gets to Win

>Britain’s Commission for Racial Equality, a government funded watchdog and advocacy group, takes issue with the Decibel Penguin Prize, an Arts Council-funded contest for short stories from U.K. writers from Asian, African, or Caribbean backgrounds. (Thanks to Galleycat for the link.) The debate sounds familiar. And while Marc Aronson (and Andrea Pinkney in her response) […]

>Read or Die

>That was the summer-reading-club theme once proposed by a group of blackhearted children’s librarians in my Chicago Public Library days; I thought of it today when I saw on PUBYAC a query about “read for fines” programs, wherein children can work off their overdue book fines through time spent doing some sustained silent reading in […]

>Miss Potter misses, she says

>Here’s Lolly on Miss Potter, and don’t miss the links.

>Again, Dangerous Visions

>We saw Children of Men on Saturday. I was kind of dreading it, having seen the preview so many times for the past year, and then reading reviews of how depressing it was. (We were taking out our friend Pam for her birthday and I wondered if Dreamgirls might be more suitably upbeat.) But as […]