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Archives for January 2006

>Nina’s Newbery

>Nina Lindsay has just announced the results of her mock Newbery discussion, and the winner is Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins. Honor books (and do let’s someday have a discussion as to exactly why Newbery [or Caldecott] Honor Books cannot, upon pain of banishment from all that is good and holy in the realm […]


>I’m enjoying the juicy exposes of James Frey and JT Leroy, despite not having read a word by either. (Running with Scissors is my sole acquaintanceship with the sordid memoir genre, and I didn’t believe it for a minute.) Anyone else here old enough to remember Alleen Nilsen’s “The House that Alice Built,” a very […]

>January Horn Book

>Subscribers should have the January/February issue of the Magazine by the end of this week; as usual, we’ve posted selected articles on our website. I thought the blog-reading kind of people might find illustrator Jean Gralley’s article, “Liftoff: When Books Leave the Page,” of particular interest, and the online version contains a link to a […]

>Going to the dogs, again.

>Back last night from New York; no sooner were we in the door when the dog started pestering me for his own book deal. Actually, Buster will be more than sufficiently happy when his rambunctious cousin Boomer finally goes home this week to his own daddies after a month’s visit. New York was swell, as […]

>Bright lights big city

>So after a fabulous trip on the Limoliner, Richard and I are looking at the glamorous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree from Elizabeth’s office. We are here for my Christmas present, seeing Souvenir, Sweeney Todd, and Doubt, tickets courtesy of Richard, and accommodations courtesy of Elizabeth’s sparest spare room. See you next week.

Mini Grey’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Acceptance

By Mini Grey It’s wonderful to be in Boston to accept this award. Thank you to the Horn Book and the Boston Globe, and to the judging panel and to my fabulous publishing teams at Knopf in the U.S. and Random House in the U.K., and to all the dedicated fans of picture books in […]

>Our Prairie Sisters

>The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, headed by the formidably (forbiddingly?) intelligent Deborah Stevenson, has released its best-of-the-year list, Bulletin Blue Ribbons. It’s a good list, but the inclusion of William Bee’s Whatever does cause me to recall Dame Nellie Melba’s remark about upstart soprano Frances Alda: “In my day, she might have […]

The Schwa Was Here: Neal Shusterman’s 2005 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

I’m thrilled and honored to be the recipient of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award for The Schwa Was Here. It’s fitting to me that this ceremony takes place in Boston, because Boston is where my career started — with Little, Brown, when their offices were on Beacon Hill. I took a walk down […]

>Words with which to Greet the Morning

> Loosely adapted from Mabel Collins’ theosophist Light on the Path and painted onto the rafters by Eugene O’Neill in 1918, the sentiments, one to a rafter, read: Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears!Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness!Before the voice can speak, it must […]

Liftoff: When Books Leave the Page

This article is adapted from a paper delivered at the annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association in Winnipeg, Canada, on June 9, 2005. Jean Gralley’s accompanying digital animation, “Books Unbound,” is available on her website. It has been said that if Gutenberg came back today, there’s little he would recognize. Our mass transport, mass […]