Would you trust these people with your kid?

Well, of course, not you, but I’m thinking that even parents who haven’t cracked a book in years would think twice about sending their children to a pricey private school without any books in the library. They need to realize, at the least, that college admissions Deciders have a vested interest in validating their own […]

Speaking as one old fart to another

Somebody asked on the previous post (and I STILL need your questions) what I thought about Nicholas Kristof’s recommendations for summer reading. Not much–any list of the Thirteen Best Books is pretty random and thus useless and I have to wonder whether, in including the Hardy Boys, he means the ones he read as a […]

>Don’t call me "Baby."

>Elizabeth Bluemle has a great lament up about not trusting–and feeding–children’s imaginations. The saddest line: “It used to be that naming your new stuffed animal was practically a sacred rite of passage in plush parenting; now, if the tag on the creature doesn’t provide a pre-fab name, we’re seeing kids at a loss, calling their […]

>March/April 2009 Horn Book Magazine

>The Horn Book has a snow day today but our latest issue is out and, partly, up. We’ve posted an intelligently bristling argument from Farah Mendlesohn what’s wrong with contemporary YA SF as well as veteran Joanna Rudge Long’s thoughts on what to look for in a “Three Little Pigs.” The print Magazine also includes […]

>Isn’t this why they brought us blue M&Ms?

>The New York Times has an article about parents making kids afraid of Oreos, but one nutritionist offers sensible advice: All an 8-year-old kid should know is that he or she should eat a variety of colors, and don’t supersize anything but your water jug.

>February Notes

>Books for Black History Month, love stories for Valentine’s Day, baby animals, presidents hither and yon and a chat with Betty Carter–it’s all in the February issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

>Still, it’s not like a book can give you polio.

>From the would-be author who insists to his would-be editor that “my grandkids love this story” to the award committee member who says “my ten-year-old thought this book was boooorrrring,” the children’s book world is replete with those who use their own children as test subjects. Expanding the notion of “my kids” to those children […]

>New Notes from the Horn Book

>The latest issue of Notes celebrates the new year with a look at firsts: first novels, first chapters, pioneering thinkers, and that chicken-and-the-egg conundrum. We’ve also got an interview with first-time novelist Sally Nicholls. Also, Claire inaugurates her monthly booklists with American Presidents.

>Mice at the Movies

>Claire reviews The Tale of Despereaux movie. I still crack up thinking about my librarian friend who, when Despereaux won the Newbery, was besieged by culturally anxious helicopter parents who wanted a copy of “The Tale of Day-pair-EUH.”

>New Notes from the Horn Book–Fanfare Edition

>The latest issue of Notes features our Fanfare list with parent-friendly annotations, so pass it along. Also: Martha Parravano talks to picture book hero Kevin Henkes.