>Vote today!

>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.

>Sister is doing it for ourselves

>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.

>NBA Finalists

>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!

>What’s Gonna Win?

>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 […]

She’ll be swell, she’ll be great . . .

  . . . 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 […]

>Monday Diary

>Anita Lobel was great and glamorous for her Zena Sutherland Lecture last Friday night in Chicago, and we will be bringing you that speech in an upcoming issue. Thank goodness for our full-color printing as Anita Lobel paints the most beautiful colors I know and Lolly should be in pig(ment) heaven choosing illustrations. Thanks again […]

>Why isn’t there a license to bear children?

>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?)

>Battle of the Books

>SLJ’s Battle of the Books begins with Jim Murphy deciding between Charles and Emma and Claudette Colvin. Was this random? I mean, is it chance that a noted nonfiction writer is choosing between two nonfiction books? I do agree with his choice.

>A mystery solved

>So now I know why she calls it Fuse #8. And how much money they’re we’re paying her. Good on you, Betsy!

>Many men have tried to mix us up but no one can

>Today we welcome editorial director Brian Kenney (with me above; photo taken by Mitali Perkins at Midwinter), publisher Ron Shank, and the rest of School Library Journal and Library Journal to Media Source, our parent company. Here’s the press release: Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces today that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library […]