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Archives for January 2009

>For your weekend viewing pleasure

>Claire saw Inkheart. It sounds good.

>Remembering Kate McClelland

>I was very sorry to hear of the death of Kate McClelland and her Perrot Memorial Library (Old Greenwich, CT) colleague Kathy Krasniewicz at Midwinter in a car accident. I did not know Kathy but found Kate a stimulating–okay, irascible–presence, filled with ideas and strongly worded suggestions. If you look back through your Horn Books […]

>Who Can Win What?

>Esme Codell takes Marc Aronson‘s part in this perpetual debate. One historical point–Esme cites Ouida Sebestyen’s Words By Heart as one book that “makes an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution to an African-American audience and to everyone else as well,” thus making the Coretta Scott King Awards suffer for its ineligibility. But I remember the […]

>ALA Awards

>All hail designer Lolly, Twitter-tracker Claire, copy editor Jen and fact-checker Martha, who bring you our webpage on the ALA awards in record time.

>What Happened to . . .?

>We have been very busy this morning pulling together our webpage of the ALA Awards, which should be available for your viewing pleasure in fairly short order. Scrutinizing what won always reveals a shadow–what didn’t? Of course we all have favorites that don’t go the distance (like Melissa Leo last night at the SAG Awards–sob!), […]

>I can’t quite put my finger on it.

>PW has announced its (casually) bookseller-chosen Cuffie Awards, with Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes as the picture book pick. It is a big favorite here, too, getting a starred review and a spot on our Fanfare 2009 list. Every parent I know loves it, and the text and […]

>The other good thing about Newbery/Caldecott short lists

>would be that we would get a day for children’s books like today is for the movies, all cries, whispers, anguished moans and unexpected surprises. A lot of talk focused on a bunch of good books would not be such a bad thing. My favorite surprise was the nomination of Melissa Leo for Frozen River. […]

>I like a man with a sense of humor, and this one is going to need it.

>The Times reports that Mr. President has retaken his oath: For their do-over, the two men convened in the White House Map Room at 7:35 p.m. for a brief proceeding that was not announced until it was completed successfully. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said. “I am,” Mr. Obama replied. […]

>But tell Carole King to get out out out of my head

>I’m pleased to announce that Laurie Halse Anderson has won the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction for her novel Chains, published by Simon & Schuster. Congrats, Laurie!

>We’re still here . . .

>But the Horn Book, Inc. has a new owner. See details on our website.