>When Worlds Collide

>Our designer Lolly Robinson was spending a choir rehearsal break sitting in a Plymouth coffee shop and re-reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, only to emerge and see this: Lolly emailed me, “It made me wonder what other experiences like this people have had while still in the thrall of a children’s book.” It reminded me […]

>And listen to ME (and Martha and Kitty)

>. . . as we talk about some of our favorite new summer reads for kids. A list of the books we discuss on the podcast can be found here.

>In lieu of a gift

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

>New and new

>The new Notes from the Horn Book should be in your inbox. And Claire’s latest list–Summer Reading–is up on our site. I think I should confess that I am hooked on Beach Blondes, wherein Summer has three hot dudes vying for her attention and a possible fourth who may be her long lost big brother. […]

>Librarian superpowers

>This morning, at an unbearable point in Middlemarch–Dorothea is, I think, about to make a Very Big Mistake–I switched off my iPod and turned my attention to what my fellow Orange Line commuters were reading. It can be very tricky to not be caught staring while waiting for someone to give you a flash of […]

>Hard books

>Having successfully evaded Middlemarch in college (I thought it was too hard), I am now reading it (via audiobook, with the Modern Library edition at hand) completely enraptured. It reminds me of another reason why children’s book professionals need to read books for grownups: Buyers of the Middlemarch newspapers found themselves in an anomalous position: […]

>The Many Mysteries of Children’s Choices

>Huh? seems to be the main question directed at the Children’s Book Council’s just-announced Children’s Choice Book Awards, an Internet election for “Favorite Books,” “Favorite Author,” and “Favorite Illustrator.” The five nominees, “compiled from a review of bestseller lists, including those prepared by BookScan, The New York Times and USA Today,” for each of the […]

>I like timetables, too.

>Marc Aronson and I have been talking about Boys Books a lot, and about how boys can be confounded by adult definitions of what constitutes worthwhile reading: usually it means a book, often it means fiction, and when it does include nonfiction, it had better look a lot like a novel. But I am loving […]

>Off till next week

>Thank you all for the great discussion about adults and children reading. Richard and I are going to New York today to see Elizabeth and other assorted friends and two shows: the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which was the first show I ever saw on Broadway, and Come Back, Little Sheba […]

>Yet another G-word

>I received an email yesterday from a librarian who hated our reviews because she thought they had too much plot summary, but she was really pissed that we “almost always give away the ending.” Her first point is debatable–how much is too much?–but her second is demonstrably false while containing a truth: sometimes, we do […]