>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 […]
. . . and she’s got SLJ on her plate! Today Chelsey Philpot becomes the former editorial assistant at the Horn Book Guide as she begins her reign as assistant editor for School Library Journal‘s book review section and managing editor for the Second Helpings newsletter. We sent Chelsey off to New York with […]
>Dan Gutman’s analysis of a not-a-fan letter reminds me of the odd irony that non-readers ascribe to books a degree of power that actual readers can only wish books had. (On a related note, one of our reviewers let us know that “ugly” is now a no-no word. That’s stupid. See what I did?)