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Archives for September 2009

>Milton Meltzer, 94

>”That damned Horn Book”–the first words Milton Meltzer ever said to me, upon our mutual introduction fifteen years ago. Meltzer was ever-watchful of how the review journals were treating nonfiction books, a crusade begun by him in our pages more than thirty years ago. We commemorate the passing, on September 19th, of this omnivorously curious […]

>See Baby Miles. See Baby Miles Read.

>(I take it as a mark of long-delayed maturity that I now find holding a baby more rewarding than playing with a puppy.)

Two Scary Stories

Julianna Baggott (aka N.E. Bode) writes in the Boston Globe about a scared-silly principal, who apparently isn’t down with her homonym. And Jon Scieszka leads off the Library of Congress’s Exquisite Corpse adventure. (Thanks to Leila for the tip.) I’m not sureI am down with the LC reading software but my eyes are old.

>I agree with everybody

>Pirate Pete asked my thoughts on the Almagor/Flake debate. I was unable to post while it was at its height and did not want to stomp in at the end, but I felt like they were both right, a situation made possible because they weren’t talking about the same thing. It’s the same dilemma we […]

>You Probably Think This Word Is About You

>Choire Sicha has an interesting point about the use of the word gay to mean lame.

>Here, Kitty

>On October 3, the Eric Carle Museum is sponsoring a panel discussion about the legacy of NYT children’s book editor Eden Ross Lipson along with a display of books from an exhibition Eden had been planning for the museum, “The Silent Cat.” While it is NOT true that the Caldecott Committee awards extra points for […]

Trouble Spots: Troubling White People

Summer. 1954. I was fifteen. At that time, the television stations in Nashville, Tennessee, came on the air at four in the afternoon and stopped broadcasting at eleven. One channel began its broadcast day by pointing a camera into the alley behind the studio, a place known as “Art Lane Alley.” This was where artists […]

>Shana tova!

> Miles and me on Rosh Hashanah.

>Debating Black Books

>Due to popular demand, we’re posting Lelac Almagor’s And Stay Out of Trouble: Narratives for Black Urban Children from the September/October special issue on Trouble. And to further, er, trouble the waters, we have a response to the article from writer Sharon G. Flake. I’d be interested to hear any comments in the comments. As […]

“Alive”: A Poem

Dear Abby, said someone from Oregon, I am having trouble with my boyfriend’s attachment to an ancient gallon of milk still full in his refrigerator. I told him it’s me or the milk, is this unreasonable? Dear Carolyn, my brother won’t speak to me because fifty years ago I whispered a monkey would kidnap him […]