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>Don’t call me "Baby."

>Elizabeth Bluemle has a great lament up about not trusting–and feeding–children’s imaginations. The saddest line: “It used to be that naming your new stuffed animal was practically a sacred rite of passage in plush parenting; now, if the tag on the creature doesn’t provide a pre-fab name, we’re seeing kids at a loss, calling their […]

>"The fanboys can be merciless."

>This Times article about the gypsies invading the castle of professional film criticism has a lot of import to the kidlitosphere as well, as amateur (I use the word in a strict sense) and independent critics join the established professional players in reviewing new books for children. I like what A. O. Scott has to […]

>Starring Adam and Kris!

>“Strategically placed almost midway between the annual Games, [the Victory Tour] is the Capitol’s way of keeping the horror fresh and immediate.”–from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

>Why aren’t they called adults’ books

>and adults’ books editors? In any event, there is a great roundtable discussion among four of ’em over at Poets & Writers. This past week I had to deal with a new author who was rather over-enthusiastic in his attempts to persuade the Magazine to review his book. I finally had to call in the […]

>Here’s one more.

>Another classic gets re-envisioned for new media.

>And would Jane Eyre Twitter?

>Elizabeth sent me this link to the end of literature as we know it.

>Winnie lives

>In my new fascination with readers-as-fans, I’ve been visiting fanfiction.net, where readers become writers, choosing their own adventures for Harry, Hermione, and Bella (is that name an hommage to Mr. Lugosi?). While the site has more than 350,000 Harry Potter stories and 32,000 Twilights, who would have thought that Tuck Everlasting would have 182? Here’s […]

>Actually, should you even be here?

>Is reading on the web going to destroy our children’s ability to read books? Does it matter? Here’s an excellent article on those questions. Have you noticed how much the web likes to talk about itself? That’s what I find worrying!

>I Blame America

>For yet another made-up memoir. As a culture we’ve become convinced that only real stories are true stories, or do I have that the wrong way around? Tangentially, does anyone else think it’s hilarious that the book tour for an addiction memoir is sponsored by Starbucks?

>Oh, Santa, Please, Please, Please!

> I told you Martha and I were writing a book, but apparently somebody, um, beat us to it. More than a century ago.