>I blame Kate DiCamillo

>for the fact that her fellow Newbery Medalists Lois Lowry, Cynthia Voigt, and Richard Peck all have new middle-grade novels about talking mice. P.S. Now I’m remembering Susan Dove Lempke’s story about this snooty mom coming in after Kate’s Newbery was announced, and requesting “The Tale of Day-Pehrr-Rehhrrr.” (I know my phonetic fake French is […]

>Served by a window with an ocean view

>Heading out tomorrow to spend a few days at the Cape Cod Writers Center talking about children’s book publishing. I’ll be giving a keynote speech and moderating a mega-panel with Debbie Kovacs, Alison Morris, Nancy Werlin, Mary Lee Donovan and Martin Sandler. My main goal, though, is to meet Mitali Perkins, who is one of […]

>Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo and 652 more

>Elissa, Kitty and Chelsey have achieved their first step toward world domination with the release of the latest quarterly update to the Guide Online. We have a very nice new page designed by Lolly, and you’ll notice that you can now access lists of the authors and titles of the 653 books newly reviewed. We […]

My new secret boyfriend

Like Leila, I’m in something of a reading slump, or in my case listening, as none of the several audiobooks I read on my commute seem to be doing it for me. The new Anna Pigeon mystery reminds me of why I gave up on Nevada Barr years ago (lurid and incoherent); Elizabeth and Mary […]

>What did your 1970s look like?

>I’m weeding the Horn Book’s collection of professional, scholarly, and other adult books about children’s literature, and damned if I didn’t find a strange little trend. Along with the many out-of-date bibliographies and childhood reading memoirs by the foremothers (don’t worry, I’m keeping those) are lots of coffee table books devoted to the work of […]

>When I was a lad,

>Boston Latin was where the smart kids went. No more. [Update] The Boston.com story has been updated and now makes a lot more sense.

>News from the Guide proofreading room

>Fall 2007 trends? Pirates, unlikely fantasy heroes, African American historical fiction, kids who killed their friends.

>Milk, milk, lemonade

>I brought back from Vermont a pound each of chocolate and penuche fudge for office sharing and have been industriously monitoring which is going faster. The results are surprising: although the chocolate is maintaining a consistent edge, the penuche is holding its own. Perhaps the Horn Book is even more New-England-parochial than we had all […]

>Pirate ships have lowered their flags.

>In case you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, we’re proofreading the next issue of the Horn Book Guide, and the Intermediate Fiction section is crawling with Greek gods. The pirates seem in retreat. As are the faEEries. I wonder when publishers find out that they’re all doing the same thing, and how they feel about […]