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Archives for June 2010

>Little pitchers

>Just back from a busy ALA, and here are a few pictures. Proud papa Dean Schneider standing next to the poster Lolly designed for his and Robin Smith’s “When A Is for X-Box,” from our July issue (which I think is the most beautiful one we have ever published): Newbery-winner Rebecca Stead, her editor Wendy […]

>Conference swag

>Along with my five-question interrogations of seven prize winning authors and illustrators, the Horn Book booth (#2960) will be featuring giveaways of two new posters, one of Jerry Pinkney’s cover for our special Awards issue (which itself will be available Monday) and the other of Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s sequel to their classic “Unlucky […]

>Flowers in Het Achterhuis?

>Jezebel is self-righteously fuming about an allegedly sexy new book about Anne Frank, Sharon Dogar’s Annexed, being published in this country in October by Houghton. Sadie, the Jezebel columnist, does not seem to remember Anne’s diary very well (“If you’ve read the original diaries, you’ll recall that Anne and Peter’s relationship consists of a lot […]

>ALA Washington

>Later this week I’ll be taking questions and asking them too in the exhibits hall at ALA. Here is the schedule for the Live Five interviews:Saturday, June 26th:  1:00 p.m.  Matt Phelan, winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for The Storm in the Barn 4:00 p.m. Tanya Lee Stone, winner of the Sibert Medal for […]

>We ARE here to judge, but . . .

> . . . not lay blame. Editorial Anonymous has a letter from a reader asking why reviewers don’t ever blame the publisher for “inept design and production decisions” that “ruin” a book. While the letter-writer seems to have a particular if unspoken agenda for his or her comment, I was rather more taken aback by […]

Louise Fitzhugh drawing

>Championed by Children

> Mitali Perkins has up a great letter sent on her behalf by a group of second-graders to Barnes and Noble: “we were surprised when we figured out that most of your bookstores in Massachusetts don’t carry her books. Why do you not carry Mitali Perkins’ books in your bookstore?!” Who knows if they will […]

>All Her Children

>SLJ interviews another Zena offspring, Marilyn Kaye. While we both handed her disappointments (Marilyn by writing romances, me by leaving BCCB for Horn Book) I like to think we’ve by and large done the lady proud.

>More more more

>than 400 reviews of Spring 2010 books have been added to the Horn Book Guide Online.

>New Notes, Outdoors edition

>The June issue of Notes from the Horn Book has just been published and features an interview with Sy Montgomery and reviews of new books devoted to the great outdoors and a few other things.  Also included is the schedule for my “Live Five” interviews with award-winners at ALA in D.C. later this month.