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Archives for February 2008

>The Cybils Speak

>The winners of the 2007 Cybil Awards have been announced. A group project of the children’s-book blogosphere, the Cybils attend to both literary quality and child appeal. Losers I’m most interested in hearing the gossip on: Shaun Tan’s The Visit [ed: OOPS, The Arrival] and Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I […]

>What good do do-good books do?

>I just received a press release from HarperCollins for Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Vote. 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why (Greenwillow, May), a compendium of essays about the importance of voting and civic participation by such allegedly teen-friendly names as Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) and Atoosa Rubinstein (a name I know only because Gawker makes fun […]

>How to Make a Book Look Good and Work Well

>In our new podcast, Horn Book designer (and webmaster) Lolly Robinson talks to Lee Kingman Natti: author, editor, and old Horn Book hand. Lee discusses working with Virginia Lee Burton, picture book design and the aesthetic of the Folly Cove designers. Lee mentions that she first wrote for the Horn Book in 1929, when she […]

Play Ball!

Claire has a roster of A-team sports books for you, so batter up before I run out of metaphors.

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>Why Can’t a Woman?

>On Saturday March 1st at 1:00PM, I’ll be at the Eric Carle Museum, moderating a panel discussion inspired by our earlier conversation about why women don’t win the Caldecott Medal as often as they might. The panelists for “Read Roger Live” will include illustrator Jane Dyer, children’s-books sexpert Robie Harris, Viking publisher Regina Hayes, and […]

>People Lust for Fame Like Athletes in a Game

>Is or is not “Stars” the most lugubrious song Janis Ian ever wrote? And that is saying a lot. In either event, here are the starred books from the March/April Horn Book Magazine:Dog and Bear: Two’s Company (Porter/Roaring Brook) written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Rex Zero, King of Nothing (Kroupa/Farrar) by Tim Wynne-Jones […]

>Reading religiously

>Claire’s been doing just that.

>February Web Watch

>Zoe has been poking around again.

>Fiction doing backflips

>In watching the three Bourne movies in close succession over the past week, Richard and I spotted a neat thing we had missed when viewing them at the theater: the final scene of the second movie, The Bourne Supremacy, is also the climax of the third movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, with a completely different dramatic […]