>I’ve spent the week in New York, talking with the sisters and brothers at LJ and SLJ. Brian tried to pry the BGHB winners (which will be announced in just over a week) out of me, but like Colonel Klink, I really do know nothing(k). So while we did get a little planning done re […]
>I’m always trying to decide just what kind of sister we are to School Library Journal. Are we like Elizabeth and Jessica? Beezus and Ramona? Louise and Caroline Bradshaw? Or, eep, The Silent Twins? In any event, we are going to be totally copying Li’l Sis this fall as we embark on a companion to […]
>Sounds like Chief Illiniwek in a different headdress to me, but in any case, Richard Peck is as worthy as anyone of the title and he has spoken. Is there a teensy jab in his discussion of the virtues of Keeper or am I reading that in? Gotta watch those smooth talkers.
>SLJ’s Battle of the Books kicks off with Francisco X. Stork making the wrong choice. And he kind of wimps out.
>And speaking of science, check out this smart SLJ article by Douglas Rushkoff about the perils of raising consumers, rather than creators, of digital delivery systems. While it is true that I’ve never actually used the assembly language I learned in library school (twice, as I flunked it the first time), it was good to […]
> who’s seen ‘em come and go . . . . When I heard about the new edition of Huck Finn that cleans up Mark Twain’s pesky use of the word nigger, deja vu of a very real sort came over me. A similar bowdlerization happened at least once before, more than 25 years ago, […]
>Nina and Jonathan are polling Newbery choices over at Heavy Medal. I never know if such things want me to tell them what I desire or what I predict, but in this case it’s all the same to me.
>Over at SLJ, Betsy Bird reviews a Family of Readers and former Guide Goddess Chelsey Philpot grills Martha and me about the book’s genesis.
>We’ve posted our reviews of the finalists for the National Book Award, young people’s literature category, and I see that our little sister has done the same thing. Compare ‘n contrast!
>SLJ’s always entertaining Heavy Medal blog is back for the season and today Fuse #8 speculates on Newbery and Caldecott possibilities. I’m hopeless at this game and anyway remember the way Betsy Hearne was (verbally) spanked for having the temerity to suggest in a BCCB editorial that the Newbery Committee ought to give serious consideration […]