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>Isn’t this why they brought us blue M&Ms?

>The New York Times has an article about parents making kids afraid of Oreos, but one nutritionist offers sensible advice: All an 8-year-old kid should know is that he or she should eat a variety of colors, and don’t supersize anything but your water jug.

>Happy New Year

> With our best girls Charlene and Lori at Lorraine’s in Provincetown last night. Ptown was hit by a blizzard yesterday so it was something of a haul getting to the restaurant but the streets sure looked pretty with the Christmas lights twinkling against the snow. I’ve discovered a problem with bringing lots of books […]

>Monday catch-up

>–Claire has a new booklist of fairy tales up on our site. –Cynsations interviews my pal Cathie Mercier, director of the terrific Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, which includes among its founders Horn Book editors Paul and Ethel Heins, and for which I will be leading a seminar next summer. –Mother […]

>Got the Horse Right Here

>What interests me most about the new William C. Morris award for new YA writers is the presentation of a shortlist from which the winner will be chosen. While standard procedure for some children’s book awards in other countries and for our own National Book Award, this is a new twist for ALA. I’m of […]

>Is It Worth Waiting for?

>Claire has a new booklist up about food. And don’t forget, tonight I’ll be moderating a panel with Susan Meddaugh, Susan Moynihan, Anita Silvey and David Wiesner to celebrate the work of James Marshall, artist and cook. Yummers!

>Read and Grow Thin

>The New York Times is reporting that reading a novel about weight loss can help you lose weight. I’d love to believe this. But don’t.

>New and new

>The new Notes from the Horn Book should be in your inbox. And Claire’s latest list–Summer Reading–is up on our site. I think I should confess that I am hooked on Beach Blondes, wherein Summer has three hot dudes vying for her attention and a possible fourth who may be her long lost big brother. […]

>Because fried potatoes go with everything.

>Becky’s Book Reviews led me to the Grasping for the Wind blog and this seductive challenge: to read “5 books you think will challenge your thinking about any topic.” My first thought was to reach for a book by Ann Coulter, but then I realized that, if properly taken up, the challenge is subtler than […]

>Hungry?

>Then get on over here for information about Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature’s 2007 Summer Institute, Food, Glorious Food, held July 26-29. I’ve participated in several of these events and they are always enlightening, spirited, and impeccably managed. PLUS: Susan Bloom, Professor Emerita of the Center and I believe still mistress […]