For Paul Janeczko

Naomi Shihab Nye, helped out by Lynne Rae Perkins, remembers the recently departed Paul B. Janeczko. He will be missed.



For Paul Janeczko, who Changed the World

We were set up to do a reading together in Portland, Maine once — HIS TOWN —
and the only attendee was a dog.
As we waited hopefully for an audience, a woman tied her large Golden Retriever
to the bookstore table
and asked us to watch it. She went off to browse.
Paul seemed horrified.
I said, "Paul, don't you have any FRIENDS? Isn't this where you LIVE?”
Usually, Paul laughed — not this time.
I insisted we read a few dog poems to the dog.
He was a good listener.

—Naomi Shihab Nye

Illustration © 2019 by Lynne Rae Perkins
Roger Sutton
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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