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That’s a lot of men!

music-manActually, it’s not so much that there are a @ALotofMen in the latest newspaper misrepresentation of the children’s book biz; the problem is that there are so few. I am not suggesting the article needed More Men, simply that it seems to lack any understanding of how librarians purchase books for library collections. Sure, the road shows and indefatigable spokesMEN help, but it’s not like book selection is a madcap carnival of new middle-grade novels whose presence in your library depends on the recommendation of some barnstormer, however knowledgeable and/or charismatic. Collection development is work. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s a chore, but it’s a job that entails a lot more than listening to experts or, for that matter, reading the Horn Book. But you who are reading this already know that. It’s a shame the WSJ does not.

Oh, God, the comments. The most eccentric trend therein is people moaning about the good old days when your parents decided what you read. WHEN WAS THAT?

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.

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