Word to the wise

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With moving day just around the corner, we’ve been spending our days cleaning out old drawers, packing boxes, ordering new stationery, etc., etc. And as we update our contact info for publishers, reviewers, and contributors, it just seems like an appropriate time to reiterate some of our submission guidelines for review copies. First and foremost, […]

Dear Teen Me

Dear Teen Me

Writing to our younger, naive selves with words of wisdom? It’s a simple concept that’s presented brilliantly on DearTeenMe.com and in the paperback anthology Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books, October 2012), edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally. Big name YA authors address their teenage versions on […]

Rookie Yearbook One

Rookie Yearbook One

I’ve been a steadfast follower of blogger Tavi Gevinson and her fashion/feminist escapades for years now, so perhaps I am a biased reader, but I absolutely loved Rookie Yearbook One (Drawn & Quarterly, September 2012), a massive compilation of all of Rookie Mag‘s brightest moments. Rookie Magazine, an online magazine aimed at teenage girls, was […]

Bookish Boston: upcoming children’s author events

The Diviners by Libba Bray

September is a good month for readers in the Boston area! Last week, Moonbird author Phillip Hoose signed at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. There’s lots more to come, so get out your calendar! Tomorrow,  September 21, Printz award winner Libba Bray will be speaking and signing at the Brookline Public Library. The event begins […]

In memoriam

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Brave and determined intern Ariel tackled a project of massive proportions: building a 27-inch paper model of The Titanic in honor of this week’s centennial. The model pieces and instructions are included in The Titanic Notebook: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Ship by Claire Hawcock (Insight Editions, March). Though the browse-worthy Notebook is […]

Only the best for The New Yorker

Kalman New Yorker cover March 2012

…and for The Horn Book Guide! Maira Kalman, whose art from Why We Broke Up graces our new Spring Guide, also just illustrated her thirteenth New Yorker cover.      Check out these Fuse #8 and Seven Impossible Things posts for Betsy Bird’s and Jules Danielson’s intriguing explorations of the connections between children’s illustrators and The New […]

Chic lit

hunger games handbag

I have a serious Etsy addiction, and an incredible shop I just discovered is not helping. Spoonful of Chocolate sells recycled book purses and e-reader covers; now I am lusting over a Hunger Games handbag made from an actual copy of The Hunger Games. (They have other chapter book and YA selections, too.) My favorite, […]

How to annoy your boss in two minutes or less

Roger Sutton really does not like the Muppets. Who knew? If you want to stay on his good side, do not play, sing, or reference the song “Mahna Mahna”. For those of you like me who do like the Muppets—and especially “Mahna Mahna”—here is some joy to end the year: Happy New Year!

Best Simpsons episode ever

Author Neil Gaiman was recently featured in an episode of The Simpsons entitled “The Book Job.”   Above and beyond the awesomeness of Neil Gaiman, the episode is worth watching (even if you’re not a big Simpsons fan) for its smart commentary on children’s book publishing.

An exquisite event

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This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending “The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books,” a program at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium co-sponsored by MIT, the Cambridge Public Library, and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. The panel, consisting of several of the contributors to The Exquisite Corpse Adventure (published in print by […]