>Going for the Gold

>Horn Book veteran Anita Silvey puts herself in the hot seat this month over at School Library Journal, where, to sum up, she complains about the lack of broad appeal of the last four winners of the Newbery Medal. Anita has been around for a long time and she knows just how stirred the dragons […]

>Branded

>When Richard and I went to Paris a few years ago, I was intent upon visiting the House of Balmain, where I purchased a beautiful tie from their small men’s collection. But I was less interested in shopping than I was in seeing the place where Valentine O’Neill began her career as a fashion designer. […]

>ALA: the Long and Short of It

> The long pants: with Linda Sue Park at the N/C banquet; photo by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer The short pants: with Elizabeth Law and Doug Pocock at Disneyland; photo by lassoed stranger.

>Lost in the 60s

>and the 70s I’ve been, listening to Julie Andrews marvelously read her new autobiography Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (Hyperion) and reading Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–and the Journey of a Generation. Forget the “You’re So Vain” gossip–did you know “Car on a Hill” was about Jackson […]

>What good do do-good books do?

>I just received a press release from HarperCollins for Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Vote. 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why (Greenwillow, May), a compendium of essays about the importance of voting and civic participation by such allegedly teen-friendly names as Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Atoosa Rubinstein (a name I know only because Gawker makes fun […]

>It’s better than the hanky code!

>These are brilliant. Hey, Leila: does this come in H-E-N-R-Y and R-I-B-S-Y?

>Kathy Griffin Isn’t the Only One to Drag Jesus into It

>And at least she was funny. Last month, we got a letter from a woman who decided she wanted to cancel her subscription to the Magazine because of Patty Campbell’s report on the word fuck, Susan Patron’s account of the little scrotum that could (and did) and our then upcoming special issue on gender, the […]

>Oops! I did it again

>Via a colleague, I was recently warned by someone “just trying to be helpful” to refrain from political commentary on this blog. The thinking was that making fun of Republicans was not good for children’s books, the one place, apparently, where we all get along. And children’s books have certainly been good to the Republicans. […]

>East Side, West Side,

>Brooklyn and Harlem, too. But I began my New York Time (an obscure but funny adult novel by Richard Peck, btw) with a view, from Elizabeth’s living room, of the East River and ended it in Viking publisher Regina Hayes’ office, which overlooks the Hudson. And had a grand time in between, too. The memorial […]