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Moving Moment No. 10

  Stop me if you’ve heard this one from me before, but when I was a student in Zena’s children’s lit course (along with your friend and mine, Elizabeth), she devoted one class to discussing review journals, aka her Rivals. Booklist got some love because her star student, Betsy Hearne, was then the children’s book […]

>Sitting at the grownups table

>Over at Nonfiction Matters, Marc Aronson cautions us to think about the larger context in which debates about social responsibility and the Newbery take place: “What I’d like is a set of comments on the Newbery that is not drawn from a survey of four winners, or the latest demographic chart, but a wider sense […]

Preach and Practice

The small, compact figure on the cover, with a book by her side, is and is not a picture of Ethel Heins. It’s unmistakably the work of M. B. Goffstein, from her late period of pastel life-studies, and it comes from a scrapbook of tributes to Heins on her retirement from the helm of the Horn […]

Art and Text — And Context

In an editorial last year I wrote about some disquieting aspects of contemporary picture book publishing. But equally dismaying — perhaps even more so in these times of economic stringency — is the mania for publishing modern classics of children’s literature in lush, expensive, newly illustrated editions. Are we genuinely concerned with books for children, […]

Susan Cooper Letter to Ethel L. Heins (May 10, 1976)

 Winchester, Mass 01890 10th May 1976 Dear Ethel, I was in Margaret’s office when your letter and photocopy of the Newbery speech arrived, so carried them off. If you were afraid you might be sounding persnickety just wait till you read me! I am starting on the assumption that since this is a reprint of […]

A Letter to Lillian N. Gerhardt

Ethel Heins’s response to Lillian N. Gerhardt’s “A Letter to Ethel Heins.” From School Library Journal, Nov. 1975. © 1975 R. R. Bowker Company / A Xerox Corporation. Used with permission.   By Ethel L. Heins I have read your lengthy editorial letter to me (SLJ, September) and find it difficult to believe that my […]

A Letter to Ethel Heins

A response to Ethel Heins’s editorial, “Damming the Mainstream.” From School Library Journal, Sept. 1975. © 1975 R. R. Bowker Company / A Xerox Corporation. Used with permission. By Lillian N. Gerhardt Dear Ethel: The August, 1975 issue of The Horn Book Magazine just arrived. I read your editorial right away because I think it’s […]

Damming the Mainstream

Reponse to “An Argument Worth Opening” by Lillian N. Gerhardt, editor of School Library Journal Editorial by Ethel Heins When I was invited to be a speaker at a spring conference on “Children’s Literature in the Literary Mainstream” sponsored by the Western Michigan University School of Librarianship, I thought — as I often have — […]