>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 […]
>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 […]
>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.
>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.
>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 […]
>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.
>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.”
>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.
>I keep imagining how different writers might approach making a story out of the unintended consequences of Nebraska’s “safe haven” law. The idea that your parents could give you up–or give up on you–so capriciously (and lawfully) is like a Maurice Sendak Nyquil nightmare. In The Grounding of Group Six Julian F. Thompson found a […]