>Step away from the bar, ladies

>So SLJ is in trouble with some of its readers over their cover photo of some boozin’ bloggers. Honestly, you never know what’s going to bring in complaints–and Letters to the Editor are far more frequently objections than compliments. As Monica Edinger (first reprobate to the left) points out, you might expect objections to the […]

>More Meta

>In Betsy Bird’s SLJ article “This Blog’s for You” (and I thank her for including Read Roger in the list of “Ten Blogs You Can’t Live Without”), she asks a bunch of swell questions: Do kids’ lit bloggers influence publishing decisions? Are library systems basing their purchasing decisions on our recommendations? Should they? And to […]

>Not quite the Myracle it seems

>While Scholastic has gotten a lot of press these last couple of weeks about censoring its book club selections, this is not new; the company has been cleaning up its club editions ever since dirty words started appearing in children’s books. Six Boxes of Books has the best analysis of the controversy I’ve seen yet. […]

>How many words would it take?

>Inspired by our Martha, Jonathan Hunt has a good post up over at Heavy Medal about the possibility of a picture book ever winning the Newbery Medal.

>Shh! The movie’s started!

>Over at SLJ’s excellent Heavy Medal, Nina Lindsay and the Horn Book’s own Jonathan Hunt are playing Siskel and Ebert with A Season of Gifts, a debate I predicted (or precipitated–my working theory about FlashForward) a couple of weeks ago.

>Last one standing, again.

>I’m late announcing this but Lois “Shoelace” Lowry has made her BoB choice, and Suzanne Collins totally owes me.

>Poor Lois

>I don’t envy Lois Lowry her BoB choice between Kingdom on the Waves and The Hunger Games. According to SLJ’s poll, public opinion is hardly divided: ol’ Octavian has eleven votes while Katnip has 157 and is the top vote getter by far in the pool of sixteen. I’d go with Kingdom (to short-title a […]

>I didn’t see this coming.

>Round 2 of the BoB has begun, with Tim Wynne Jones choosing Kingdom on the Waves over Trouble Begins at Eight. The judges do not have all appeared to get my memo: in this round it was supposed to be Kingdom v. Graveyard Book, Chains v. Tender Morsels, Frankie Landau-Banks v. Hunger Games and Graceling […]

>Reading Fun with Goofus and Gallant

>Okay, handed an easy walk, I politely stepped around the bases, shaking hands with each player as I made my way home. Goofus, on the other hand . . . .

>She has a really good point.

>I like Jill Wolfson’s dissent about SLJ’s upcoming Battle of the Books, for which I am the Decider between Ways to Live Forever and Octavian Nothing II. Jill is right–the BOB provides more publicity for books which have already received plenty, and as a series of apples-and-oranges decisions, it doesn’t have a whole lot of […]