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 […]

You and I, and everyone, everywhere

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up (December, Little, Brown) is, hands-down, one of my favorite YA novels of the season. It’s written as Min Green’s epic, no-punches-pulled breakup note to Ed Slaterton, intended to accompany a box she’s going to leave on his doorstep. Each object (illustrated by Maira Kalman) in the box was collected […]

Neighborhood news

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Our downstairs neighbors, the super-cool nonprofit organization Reach Out and Read, are now providing some handy reading tips on the Pampers Village website. Their advice includes helpful information on how to “read” wordless books with children, why dads should read aloud with their kids, what rhyming books do for your toddler’s brain, and how military […]

“What’s New in Children’s Books” event this Saturday

Pine Manor College’s Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program has teamed up with The Foundation for Children’s Books (FCB) to present biannual children’s literature events. The first in the series, “What’s New in Children’s Books,”  will be held this Saturday, November 5th, from 8 a.m. to noon on the Pine Manor College campus. Special guests […]

All steamed up

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As my friend and fellow blogger observed not long ago, “steam is so hot right now.”  This year has seen a mind-boggling number of steampunk-themed events in the northeast alone: International Steampunk City, which took over the town of Waltham for a weekend; a book tour for The Steam­punk Bible; an exhibit on steampunk aesthetic […]

Borrow this.

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Lucy Hull, protagonist of Rebecca Makkai‘s adult novel The Borrower (Viking, June), is a sardonic twenty-something children’s librarian. Her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian, runs away to escape his parents and the anti-gay youth group they’ve stuck him in. Like Claudia Kincaid before him, Ian realizes that he needs somewhere to run away to, and the […]

HBGO update

We’ve just added another 213 reviews to the Horn Book Guide Online database—take a peek at the newly added authors/illustrators and titles. I think my favorite title this time around is The Time-Traveling Fashionista, though Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance and Labracadabra are close runners-up.

New voices speak up

YA librarian and current Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judge Robin Brenner hosts a panel of “New Voices in YA and Children’s Literature” tonight, July 20th. The up-and-coming authors—all recent grads of the Simmons MFA in Writing for Children program, including HB freelancers Natasha Gilmore and Shara Hardeson—will read from their work, then discuss their process […]