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Archives for May 2009

>R.I.P. Eden

>Former New York Times children’s book editor Eden Ross Lipson died this morning. She was the editor who first hired me to write for the Times, and she taught me a lot in regard to how to write for a general audience about children’s books. We became pals over the years and I’ll miss her. […]

>Last one standing, again.

>I’m late announcing this but Lois “Shoelace” Lowry has made her BoB choice, and Suzanne Collins totally owes me.

>What does this make the future look like?

>Children’s book publishing history is marked by scandalous firings and layoffs of editors; see Leonard Marcus’s Minders of Make-Believe for some of the stories. I took one on a dozen years ago, but this latest round: wow. Emma Dryden and Kevin Lewis of Simon & Schuster are the most recent of many veteran editors and […]

Summer reading

Claire has a big list and it’s all about fun. Let’s hope not too much compulsory reading gets in its way.

>Craig Virden

>I was sorry to hear of Craig Virden’s death today. We first met when I was chair of the Margaret Edwards committee and he was Richard Peck’s publisher at what is now Random House. Craig was more excited than winner Peck (who got the news while transiting the Panama Canal, so there’s that). We weren’t […]

>May/June Horn Book Magazine

>The May/June issue is out, bedecked with a pastelly portrait of Frances the badger digging into her bread and jam. Along with the articles you can read online–an interview with Sarah Dessen, Jack Gantos on booze and books, Janet Hamilton on science books–the print edition includes an essay by Linda Sue Park about food, glorious […]

What Makes a Good Science Book?

Google “best books for children,” and you’ll get lists of (mostly) fiction books characterized by imaginative writing and excellent pictures — great stories with captivating illustrations. Why should the elements of a good science book be any different? As far as engaging stories go, science writers have it made. Who could invent a Tyrannosaurus rex, […]

Five questions for Margaret Mahy

New Zealander Margaret Mahy has written everything from metaphorically rich fantasy (The Changeover) to gritty YA fiction (Memory) to riotously funny picture books (The Great White Man-Eating Shark). A former librarian, she’s also a storyteller whose repertoire includes an extended tongue-twister involving a baby in a bubble and lots and lots of trouble (not to […]