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How Do I Come Home Again? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Once upon a time, I was a girl who wanted to write. I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to watch letters shape themselves into words on the page. I wanted to understand words and how and why they have impact. I wanted to communicate, to not be silent. I wanted, when I was older […]

Review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; illus. by the author Intermediate    Scholastic     534 pp. 3/07     ISBN 978-0-439-81378-5     $22.99 Here’s a dilemma for the Newbery committee…and the Caldecott: what do you do with an illustrated novel in which neither text nor pictures can tell the story alone? Not to mention the drama to be […]

An Interview with George M. Nicholson

George M. Nicholson introduced and popularized high-quality paperback publishing for young people in the United States. He ran a number of major houses before finding a new career as an agent, remaining throughout an innovative, knowledgeable, and influential figure in the children’s book industry. LEONARD S. MARCUS: How did you come to work in children’s […]

For the McKissacks, Black Is Boundless

Carter Woodson would be pleased as punch. The “father of black history” was famously dour, but he was also known to light up at word of some victory for the cause — healthy ticket sales for a Negro History Week event, respectful mention in the press. What would he make, then, of a pair of […]