>Again?

>I have a few thoughts regarding the Wall Street Journal article about YA that has everyone, uh, a-Twitter. 1. Why does the author have to reach back FORTY YEARS to talk about “dark YA” when our last big go-round on the topic was just fifteen years ago? The generation of Sarah T., Go Ask Alice, […]

>And no pink sneakers for you, young man

>Oprah’s pal Dr. Phil offers advice to a mother whose five-year-old son likes girls’ clothes and Barbies: “This is not a precursor to your son being gay,” explains Dr. Phil. He’ll know that in time, but this is not an indication of his sexual orientation. Dr. Phil tells Robby that she has a job to […]

>Shoulda stuck to their guns

>Colleen has a great post up summarizing the drama that’s been going on around Bitch Magazine’s publication of “100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader.” The comments on the magazine’s site are the best–incensed that Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (among others) had been removed from the list because it might “trigger” victims of rape, […]

>Yes, it’s a book, but . . .

>Lane Smith’s It’s a Book got into hot water on Boston’s North Shore when a literacy foundation tried to donate copies to 340 first graders via their schools. While I don’t buy into the harrumphing that has plagued this book’s final page I do have two cautions. One, first-graders? I think It’s a Book is […]

>Quelle surprise

>So Cushing Academy turned a library into a coffee-shop hangout and declare it a win because now more students come there? Talk about diminished expectations.

>No, I should eat less ice cream

>Someone is not clear on the concept of recreational reading. From “Reading in the Digital Age by the Numbers,” PW 10/4/2010: “75: Percentage of 9-17-year-olds who know they should read more for fun.”

>Common sense, my aunt Fanny

>Pat Scales weighs in on “Common Sense Media.” (How can I NOT put that in quotes?) You might recall our earlier discussion. Off to New York today to help Elizabeth celebrate her 29th birthday. I have The Little Stranger and The Godfather of Kathmandu for the Limoliner, so I should be sufficiently prepared for the […]

>Woman in chains

>Hunkered down writing my reviews for the September issue (among them the new Knuffle Bunny, a Mary Downing Hahn and Annexed), I’ve been simultaneously worried that this blog isn’t keeping up up up! with the action, leading me to worry that Scott Westerfeld had it right, that the future was all going to be about […]

>Do these people even like to read?

>Brian Kenney’s SLJ editorial about Common Sense Media led me over to their site for a gander. While Brian and Liz Burns, among others, have pointed out the problems with their labeling system and lack of a review policy (plus the creepy way they simply disappear reviews that have raised eyebrows), what bothers me most […]

>Championed by Children

> Mitali Perkins has up a great letter sent on her behalf by a group of second-graders to Barnes and Noble: “we were surprised when we figured out that most of your bookstores in Massachusetts don’t carry her books. Why do you not carry Mitali Perkins’ books in your bookstore?!” Who knows if they will […]