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Archives for January 2008

>The Winners

>Here’s a link to our website with information about all the 2008 ALA winners, including in many cases their reviews in The Horn Book Magazine or The Horn Book Guide.


>In the February issue of Harper‘s, Ursula K. LeGuin has some interesting things to say about reading (“reading is active, an act of attention, of absorbed alertness–not all that different from hunting, in fact, or from gathering”) and publishing (“What’s in this dismal scene for you, Mr. Corporate Executive? Why don’t you just get out […]

>Happy Birthday, Judy!

>Martha told me she heard this morning on “Writer’s Almanac” that today is Judith Krantz’s birthday. (I guess there is hope for NPR.) There are lots of writers I admire, respect, enjoy, but Krantz is the one I love the most. It’s not the sex and clothes (although she writes well about both) but the […]

>2008 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

>From Hazel Rochman: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Press) is the winner of the 2008 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The award is presented to a children’s or young adult book published in English by a U. S. publisher and set in the Americas. The members of the Award committee are […]

>Then He Can Paint My Bathroom Blue

>I’m told that Eric Carle provides the inspiration for this Sunday’s edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC at 8:00PM EST. I do like his colors. Now may we please see Babymouse as the guest judge on Project Runway?

>A New List

>Claire helps out the reluctant readers this month. You know who you are.

>A Great Choice

>Jon Scieszka (rhymes with n’est-ce pas) has been named the first “national ambassador for young people’s literature.” I talked to Jon last summer about boys and reading; hear all about it in our podcast (scroll down).

>January/February ’08 Horn Book Magazine

>is out, and the table of contents with links to selected features is up on our site.

>The Favored Five

>As promised, here are Susan Cooper’s and Gregory Maguire’s five favorite fantasies as promulgated for our evening at MIT: Susan’s: Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett (told you she was deep)The Mouse and His Child by Russell HobanA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuinTom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa PearceThe Sword in the Stone by […]

>Happy New Year!

>Ah, Provincetown, where the Gays meet the Fisherfolk: photo by Richard Asch And where Buster met two of Santa’s minions: photo by Richard Asch But vacation is O-ver. Now I’m busy getting ready for ALA (any late Caldecott hopes, dreams, and fears you care to share?) and hustling up copy for the premier issue of […]