>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 […]

>"Now we had both done what we both swore we’d never do."

>Simon & Schuster has reissued V. C. Andrews’ notorious Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind in an omnibus edition that screams “if you liked Twilight . . .” But oh how it brings me back. I began my career as a library journalist with Flowers in the Attic. SLJ editor Lillian Gerhardt […]

>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.