>Kirkus Alive

>Frequent Horn Book contributor and former owner of Kirkus Reviews, Barbara Bader offers her thoughts on the announced shuttering of that review service: Kirkus Alive Within days, Kirkus will cease publishing after 76 years. A long, sometimes turbulent run, which has meant different things in the fields of children’s and adult books. I was successively, […]

>To "see like a child": all it’s cracked up to be?

>Back on the discussion of long book reviews, Maluose commented that “those of you who think kids are naturally great reviewers have never had to endure any of their blow-by-blow plot summaries. They make most bloggers sound positively terse.” Too true. The “book reviews” kids would deliver when I ran a summer reading club a […]

>Too damned long

>I see that PW has followed up on Betsy Bird’s thoughts on the Amazon Vine program; their speculation that membership in Vine might be a perk for good customers is intriguing if not substantiated. What seems oddest to me is that this program–for which publishers and other producers pay for the privilege of having their […]

>Milton Meltzer, 94

>”That damned Horn Book”–the first words Milton Meltzer ever said to me, upon our mutual introduction fifteen years ago. Meltzer was ever-watchful of how the review journals were treating nonfiction books, a crusade begun by him in our pages more than thirty years ago. We commemorate the passing, on September 19th, of this omnivorously curious […]

>Digital reviewing

>We had a call this morning from a publisher who is thinking about supplying reviewers with f&gs of picture books in digital form and wanted to know if Horn Book could work with that/those. I demurred. Electronic galleys for fiction, maybe. Although my Kindle gathers dust (too hard to hold; I hate the buttons and […]

>Karla Kuskin

>Very sorry to read of Karla Kuskin’s death last week; there’s an informative and appreciative obituary in the New York Times. I was lucky enough to work with Karla ten years ago when I asked her to write something for us about reviewing picture books, a craft at which she excelled.

>Is It a Crime?

>Drinks for anyone but Elizabeth who can identify the musical quoted in the title. The Simmons program Crime and Misdemeanors is ending this morning with closing remarks from M.T. Anderson, and my responsibilities–save paper-grading–will be through. I’ve been twittering away from the back of the room, but it’s difficult to convey the extravagant genius and […]

>When writers attack!

>I wonder what you call the Twitter equivalent to drunk dialing? And if you’re going to whine about how you used to be reviewed (and how that must hurt) by Anne Tyler, it might be politic to spell her name right. [Update 11:45 AM. It looks like Alice Hoffman wisely thought to retreat from the […]

>Who’s reading YA?

>A tweet from Chair, Fireplace, etc. led me to this article questioning the link between the health of YA as a publishing category and the assumption that it means teen reading is flourishing. Every time I see The Book Thief on bestseller charts I wonder about this correlation, and I also think the question speaks […]

Publishers and bloggers

  In a comment on a recent thread, Elizabeth posted a comment that I thought deserved its own discussion so I moved it here for your consideration: Re. the question of anonymous posting, I seem to be the only person who holds the opinion that I would prefer to see people use their names, yet […]