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Archives for January 2009

>Still, it’s not like a book can give you polio.

>From the would-be author who insists to his would-be editor that “my grandkids love this story” to the award committee member who says “my ten-year-old thought this book was boooorrrring,” the children’s book world is replete with those who use their own children as test subjects. Expanding the notion of “my kids” to those children […]

New Notes from the Horn Book

The latest issue of Notes celebrates the new year with a look at firsts: first novels, first chapters, pioneering thinkers, and that chicken-and-the-egg conundrum. We’ve also got an interview with first-time novelist Sally Nicholls. Also, Claire inaugurates her monthly booklists with American Presidents.

>One scary mutha

>I can’t remember how to link from within comments but yesterday’s post about over-controlling caregivers reminded me of Lucy Lane Clifford’s 1882 “The New Mother,” which I instruct you to read before bedtime: “If we were very, very, very naughty, and wouldn’t be good, what then?” Then,” said the mother sadly–and while she spoke her […]

>I don’t need a story tonight, but thanks.

>The New York Times has picked up on the story about British mums and dads disdaining fairytales. The Times reporter adds a concern of her own: “My own question about these tales — Brother Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Disney (original and adapted) — has always been: where are the mothers?” I would tell her but […]

>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.

>Sitting at the grownups table

>Over at Nonfiction Matters, Marc Aronson cautions us to think about the larger context in which debates about social responsibility and the Newbery take place: “What I’d like is a set of comments on the Newbery that is not drawn from a survey of four winners, or the latest demographic chart, but a wider sense […]

>J.K. Rowling wishes they paid by the word.

>Agent Amanda Urban on the economics of book publishing: “Books can only support a certain retail price,” she said. “It’s not like you have books that can be Manolo Blahniks and books that can be Cole Haan. Books are books. A book by James Patterson costs the same as a book by some poet.” Which […]

>On the one hand, vacation is over

>On the other, I have wi-fi at home. This concludes this test of blogging from the couch.

>Demography and the Newbery

>Here’s a link to that Bloomberg article we were discussing in yesterday’s post.