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Archives for November 2009

>If Jim Carrey says it’s Christmas now, who are we to argue?

>While we’ve already given you our choice of the best holiday-themed books of the season, Deborah Stevenson and her elves at BCCB offer a handy handout of more than three hundred recent titles suitable for gift-giving. Deborah and I both learned our trade from Zena Sutherland and Betsy Hearne, so you know she has excellent […]

>More Meta

>In Betsy Bird’s SLJ article “This Blog’s for You” (and I thank her for including Read Roger in the list of “Ten Blogs You Can’t Live Without”), she asks a bunch of swell questions: Do kids’ lit bloggers influence publishing decisions? Are library systems basing their purchasing decisions on our recommendations? Should they? And to […]

In Defense of Fanfiction

I am not an internet phenomenon. I don’t have a fan base. When people list fanfiction writers they love, I don’t show up on anyone’s list. I do have an account on fanfiction.net (an infamous behemoth of a fanfiction archive, and a common entry point for young fanfic readers and writers), which I registered in […]

>Not quite the Myracle it seems

>While Scholastic has gotten a lot of press these last couple of weeks about censoring its book club selections, this is not new; the company has been cleaning up its club editions ever since dirty words started appearing in children’s books. Six Boxes of Books has the best analysis of the controversy I’ve seen yet. […]

What Makes a Good Pop-Up Book?

Those of us who work with kids, be it with reading, swimming, or Wii-ing, know one important rule of thumb: first we have to get their attention. In the book world, in addition to the word underwear or the newest installment in a hot new series, movable books — with tabs to pull, wheels to […]

>Why Such a Lonely Beach?

>The new issue of the Magazine is out (with a cover by Lane Smith that makes me want to watch Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol immediately). You can see the table of contents with links to selected reviews (holiday books!) and articles (fan fiction!) right over here.

An Interview with Margaret Mahy

Acclaimed author Margaret Mahy has won accolades for her novels, including Carnegie Medals for both The Haunting and The Changeover. Her picture books The Great White Man-Eating Shark and The Three- Legged Cat have become classics, and Bubble Trouble, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, was recently named the winner of a 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. […]