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Archives for January 2010

>Jenny from the Block feels your pain

>People all over the Internet are making of fun of Jennifer Lopez for the remarks reproduced below, but to me she sounds like just about every author or illustrator of children’s books I know. Especially this week. I feel like I had that [Oscar worthy role] in El Cantante, but I don’t even think the […]

>Five questions for . . .

>Click the link for the interview schedule at ALA Midwinter. And if you have any questions for Kristin Cashore, Mitali Perkins, Lois Lowry or M. T. Anderson, leave ’em in the comments. (But, no, I will not ask Lois if she’s sorry to have won the Newbery for The Giver.)

>More than words can say

>Prompted by the announcement that The Storm in the Barn had won the Scott O’Dell Award, there’s been a question asked over at Twitter about the eligibility of a graphic novel for a prize for historical fiction. I can’t speak for the other judges but it never occurred to me to think otherwise. As far […]

>2010 Scott O’Dell Award

>I’m pleased to be able to tell you that the winner of the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction is Matt Phelan for The Storm in the Barn, published by Candlewick. The award, administered by Elizabeth Hall and judged by Hazel Rochman (chair), Ann Carlson, and yours truly, is a cash prize of 5000 […]

>Field Trip!

>If you’re here for ALA next week and are looking for something to do on the 17th while awaiting the News on Monday morning, I highly recommend this field trip to the Carle Museum in Amherst.

Hot Dog, Katsa!

The author of fantasy has fewer limitations than the author of realism. Anything is fair, right? Armoured bears and tiny spies who ride dragonflies. Surgical enhancements that give a person Special superhuman powers for running, climbing, and flying. A reality-show arena as big as a city, with genetically modified animal-monsters to prey on the contestants. […]

>It finally can be told

>Yay, Katherine!

The Lincolns: Candace Fleming’s 2009 BGHB Nonfiction Award Acceptance

Life truly is a lovely circle. Long ago, I enrolled in a children’s literature class. I wasn’t an education major, but I needed an elective, and children’s literature sounded like an easy A. I know better now. On the first day of class, Dr. Wood handed out a long, single-spaced reading list devoted to what […]

>January-February Horn Book Magazine

>The new Magazine is out but I haven’t seen a copy yet–here’s hoping the color looks as good as we wanted! Fanfare, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award speeches, and other selected content can all be linked to from the table of contents posted on the website. I hope everybody had good holidays. Mine were a blur […]

What Makes a Good Read–Aloud for Middle Graders?

Back in the fifties, in my crowded parochial elementary school, the highest form of good luck landed you in Mrs. Sheeran’s fourth-grade class. The fact that Mrs. Sheeran wasn’t a nun marked her instantly as different. But more significant than her street clothes and married name were two admirable practices. First, every day at 10:30 […]