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Archives for September 2009

>Get Your Factoids Straight

>I’ve got the new Dan Brown (audiobook edition) for our flight this weekend to meet the grandchild. Can’t wait for either! Child_lit has been discussing how books perceived as page turners (like The Hunger Games) don’t get the respect they should, but I figure there’s page-turners and then there’s page-browsers–James Patterson, I’m looking at you. […]

>WWMMD?

>That is, What Would Miss Manners Do upon receipt of a blog tour “invitation” that opened “Pick a date in the month of November that you’d like to host us.” Hmm, let’s see. “Gentle Reader: While Miss Manners was pleased to be in your thoughts she thinks you have your roles mixed up. It is […]

>"What do YOU do when your favorite author turns out to be a puppy-kicker?"

>That’s a great question, asked by an Anon on the Richard Peck post, and it’s the third time in as many days that I’ve seen it pop up. First, poet Marilyn Nelson had a question over at her Facebook page: “how do we measure the value of the art made by an artist who is […]

>Reading aloud and alone

>Twitter is atwitter with responses to Richard Peck’s remark in Notes that “over and over [kids are]telling me that the books I wrote for them to read are being read to them by their teachers. And hearing a story read doesn’t seem to expand their vocabularies. If a teacher is going to take limited classroom […]

>New Notes, September edition

>An interview with Richard Peck leads off the latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

>September October Horn Book Magazine

>The September/October special issue is out. Trouble is its theme and we’ve posted a few of its articles, including Betsy Hearne’s topic-setting “Nobody Knows . . .” on the website. Take a look.

>Can we grow the number of readers?

>Zetta Elliott makes some great points re people of color in books and as authors. Without in any way diminishing the very real problem of the white worldview of children’s book publishing, I am struck by how often and widely charges of non-representation (“why aren’t there more _____ in children’s books?” “where are the books […]

Would you trust these people with your kid?

Well, of course, not you, but I’m thinking that even parents who haven’t cracked a book in years would think twice about sending their children to a pricey private school without any books in the library. They need to realize, at the least, that college admissions Deciders have a vested interest in validating their own […]

It’s Not How Long You Make It, Is It?

A tangential question that came up when we were discussing digital review copies made me pull out my calculator. How much longer are books getting? I compared fiction for ages 12 and up reviewed in the Magazine in the September issues of 2009, 1999, 1989 and 1979 (October issue; we were on a different schedule […]

What Makes a Good Banned Book?

Max imagined himself into the land of the wild things, and the censors said NO. Mickey fell out of his clothes in full-frontal view, and the censors said NO. When Judy Blume gave Margaret her period, gave Tony Miglione wet dreams, and answered Deenie’s questions about masturbation, the censors said “too much information,” and they […]