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She’s no longer a gypsy

Demonstrating that the social pressure to change the names of things is not limited to librarians and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Actors’ Equity has announced that the legendary “Gypsy Robe” has been renamed the “Legacy Robe.” (Sound familiar?) The Gypsy Robe referenced neither actual Roma people nor Broadway’s most famous Gypsy (Rose Louise); it is awarded at each […]

One of these things is not like the others

ALA’s latest elucidating Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights‘ Article VI (“Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use”) has it in hot water. In this revision of […]

My Other Richard

When Richard Peck’s memorial service–at Lincoln Center, no less–opened last Friday morning with the Pearl Fishers duet, I thought I was going to be a goner, but I managed to hold on, in no small way helped by the care with which Richard himself had planned the program–not from Beyond but via the explicit instructions he […]

Tell Laura I love her

I first heard about ALSC’s big news on Saturday, when I was swanning about the exhibit halls with Al, and Rita Auerbach called me over to tell me that Jacqueline Woodson was the first recipient of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. My first thought was, “well, she’s won pretty much every other damn thing so why […]

What lies beneath

Pursuant to that Trump biography, over on Facebook Sarah Hamburg told me about a really perceptive article about biographies for young people. “George Washington and Slavery: Going Beyond Picture Books to Teach About Our Flawed Founders,”* written by my erstwhile Child_Lit colleague Ebony Elizabeth Thomas along with James Joshua Coleman and Lindsay R. Cicchino, asks–and […]

A book for small hands

I’ve been following the criticism of Scholastic’s biography of Trump for younger children, President Donald Trump, with interest but I only got a hold of a copy today, and thank you, Scholastic, for sharing it. By Joanne Mattern and illustrated with photographs, President Donald Trump is in the Rookie Biography series published by Children’s Press, a […]

What ELSE do you do?: Five questions for Elizabeth Law

Elizabeth Law, currently Backlist Editor for Holiday House, and I have been fast friends since we met in 1980 in Zena’s children’s lit class at the University of Chicago. But in addition to her deep knowledge of and passion for children’s books, Elizabeth goes to the theater more often than any human being on the […]

A new journal!

Here’s a welcome and link to the new kid on the block, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, coedited by Sarah Park Dahlen and Gabrielle Atwood Halko. RDYL is a “peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal,” meaning it is an academic journal that everyone can read for free. The debut number contains five meaty essays touching upon […]

July/August starred reviews, Horn Book Magazine

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: A Big Mooncake for Little Star; written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown) They Say Blue; written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams) Blue Rider; written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood) Rebound; by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile […]

BGHB announced tomorrow!

Don’t forget to tune in to the Horn Book’s Facebook page tomorrow at noon, when the Globe’s Emily Procknal and I will be on Facebook Live announcing the winners of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. In hopes that the broadcast will not be unintentionally hilarious, Em and I are having breakfast tomorrow to make sure […]