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>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.

>Take my kid–please.

>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 […]

>Check your in-box

>for the latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book, and please pass along to your colleagues, customers, family and friends. This issue stars our favorite teachers, Dean Schneider and Robin Smith!

>But enough about you. Or me.

>As we did late last year, Child_Lit has been discussing the U.K.’s age-banding proposal with some ferocity the past few days. While I am firmly in the camp of those who oppose the scheme, a speech Philip Pullman gave on the subject is working my nerves. It’s very much a speech to the choir (which […]

>If the substitution is that simple, there’s something wrong with the sentence.

>Another one from the Guardian, about a little furor surrounding Jacqueline Wilson’s latest, My Sister Jodie: “The word ‘twat’ was used in context. It was meant to be a nasty word on purpose, because this is a nasty character,” said a spokesperson for Random House. “However, Jacqueline doesn’t want to offend her readers or her […]

>Voice of the People

>I love Marla Frazee’s A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever (a BGHB honor book this year) but wondered about the audience. Lily Feldman clears that up for me.