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>The Boy in the Garden and Two Great Ladies

>I review Allen Say’s latest book in the Times today. I had been hoping that book, along with Anita Lobel’s Nini Lost and Found might figure in the ALA lists and awards but do they listen to me? In any case, we’ve made a beautiful cover from Nini‘s art for the forthcoming Horn Book Guide. (And in related news, I saw and heard Anita’s daughter Adrienne via the magic of HD satellite transmission yesterday afternoon during the intermission of the Met’s production of Nixon in China, for which Adrienne had created the sets.)

One last and sad Anita and Nini connection–I heard late Friday that Anita’s Knopf editor Janet Schulman had died. Janet, formerly of Macmillan (the old one) and retired publisher of Random House children’s books, is a true legend and was a great colleague. A good writer, too–in the recently published  In the Words of the Winners, our collection with ALSC of the last decade’s Newbery and Caldecott speeches and related material, I cite her Pale Male as a book I thought the Newbery committee should have paid attention to. Janet had promised me a walk in Central Park to see the titular hawk but now I will have to do it in her memory.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >And now we have lost Margaret McElderry, editor/publisher of some of my very favorite books.

    Farewell to two great editors.


  2. >Janet Schulman, Margaret McElderry, Brian Jacques…. a very sad week for children's books.

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