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1. If Claire Kirch was Kate Gale's editor...

Dear Claire Kirch,

In your article, today, you wrote this about Kate Gale's essay in Huffington Post:
The article--which can be seen in full in these screen shots captured by PW--attempted to defend AWP against recent complaints about the lack of diversity represented in its programming, as well as the lack of transparency in its actions. Gale's article, however, featured inflammatory language that drew its own backlash. (Among other things, the article referred to Native American as Indians.)

Really, Claire? If you were Kate Gale's editor, you'd suggest she change this sentence:

I pictured David Fenza saddling up a horse, Stetson in place, going out to shoot Indians.

 so it reads like this:

I pictured David Fenza saddling up a horse, Stetson in place, going out to shoot Native Americans.

Really? I'm astounded. Tell me, Claire, why you think that's better. Seems to me you're as clueless as Gale. I hope you'll take time to read what I wrote yesterday: About Kate Gale's post, "AWP Is Us." But even if you don't read what I said, please tell me why you think it would be better if Gale had used Native American instead of Indian. 


Debbie Reese
American Indians in Children's Literature

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2. Keeping Up with Children’s Book Publishing

Note: This post is part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge for today’s letter “K.”

What do you do if you want to keep up with all that’s happening in the world of children’s publishing?

Children's Publishing

One way is to go online to Publisher’s Weekly and click on the “children’s” tab in the top menu bar.

Better yet, subscribe to their free e-newsletter, Children’s Bookshelf. You can do that here!

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 The first review of WHITE WATER is in! PW says:

Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, illus. by Shadra Strickland. Candlewick, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7636-3678-4
First-time authors Bandy and Stein draw on one of Bandy’s childhood memories in this resonant story about a boy awakening to the injustices around him. In town with his grandmother, Michael drinks from the “colored” fountain, whose water “taste[s] like nasty, muddy, gritty yuck.” Yet next to him, a boy at the whites-only fountain eagerly drinks, igniting Michael’s curiosity (“Suddenly I just had to know what that white water tasted like”). Even ordinary things, when forbidden, can grip a child’s imagination, and so it is with Michael, his obsession with “white water” producing several fantasy scenarios and eventually compelling him to sneak back to town, where he discovers that the water in both fountains tastes the same. Michael’s determination and imaginativeness are evident in Strickland’s (A Place Where Hurricanes Happen) pale mixed-media paintings, which make excellent use of outlines to portray the boy’s imaginings, such as a snow-capped mountain range seen under the arc of water in the “white” fountain. If the all-consuming nature of Michael’s fascination occasionally feels excessive, the strength of the book’s imagery, as well as Michael’s epiphany, amply compensate. Ages 5–8. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/13/2011

Happy am I!

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4. Gallimaufry Friday

The past seven days have been busy ones for lovers of children's literature. Here are some of the highlights that kept me blogging and tweeting all week.

Last Sunday I stayed up past my bedtime to watch the Oscars to the end (11:30). Although much was ho-hum, Christopher Plummer and Meryl Streep gave classy acceptance speeches. I haven't had a chance to see Hugo (it's on my list), but I was still glad it snagged five awards. I did watch The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a short animated film by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, and you can too, here.

In sad news, Jan Berenstain, who with her husband Stan created the Berenstain Bears series, died last Friday at age eighty-eight.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of A Brief History of Picture Books.

Be sure to check out February's Carnival of Children's Literature over at The Fourth Musketeer, cleverly tied to Mardi Gras. It has a fantastic roundup from kidlit bloggers, including a post by yours truly.

Publisher's Weekly gives us a sneak peek of some upcoming fall  children's books.

Yesterday was National Pig Day. I have a fondness for pigs (surprisingly smart animals), as does my daughter. Imagine children's literature without pigs. Why, there would be no three little pigs, no Piglet, no Wilbur, no Mercy Watson.

And last, but by no means least, today is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, born in 1904. Here are seven facts you might not know about the good doctor, courtesy of Huff Post. Back in 1997, NEA started Read Across American and tied it to his birthday. There are tons of events throughout the country. Check here to see what's taking place in your state. March 2 is also the day the movie The Lorax debuts. I've found other recent Seuss movies unwatchable (Jim Carey's The Grinch. Need I say more?), and unfortunately this one might be another, at least according to a review in today's NY Times.

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5. Writing Links

Why Older Readers Should Read Picture Books :: Literacy, Families and Learning

8 Ways to Be a Happy Author :: Rachelle Gardner

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6. Chomping on the bit

Two sources have alerted me to some awesome soon-to-be-published books.  Over on Fuse#8, Betsy Bird mentioned titles from a librarian's preview from HarperCollins.  I am drooling.

And PW Children's gave stars to the books they reviewed in today's online edition.  Since I am receiving this e-newsletter after retirement, I won't link directly to the reviews.  I can tell you what the books are, though.

1.  Is this a dream?  I must pinch myself.  Jen Bryant teams up with Melissa Sweet to bring us a picture book biography of Peter Mark Roget, the creator of Roget's Thesaurus.  The book, The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus  is published by Eerdman's and will come out in September.  Bryant has authored some awesome non-fiction and Sweet's illustrations win me over every time.  But the subject matter, a man obsessed with words, a life-saver to writers and puzzle-solvers alike, is so mind-expanding.  Fascinating people don't just climb mountains and rescue tiger cubs.  They solve equations and explore words. 

2. Nuts to You by Lynn Rae Perkins (Greenwillow, 978-0-06-009275-7) comes out in August and it's about SQUIRRELS.  Yes!  Yes!  Squirrels are everywhere my friends.  When a squirrel is carried away by a hawk, his friends go on an adventure to find him.  Isn't that cover so pretty?

3. Gregory Maguire of Wicked fame is back with a Russian folktale styled story that features a futuristic Baba Yaga and a reversal of roles plot.  Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire will be published by Candlewick in September

4.  Last but not least is Meg Wolitzer's "debut" YA novel, Belzhar, brought to us by Dutton and due out in September.  (Wolitzer's The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, a masterpiece about Scrabble must have been meant for a younger audience.)  A broken-hearted teen who is incapable of recovering from her failed romance is sent to a special school where she is given a journal that takes her back in her own life to before her heartbreak.

There are so many books and there is so little time.  I think I ONLY have 24 ARCs to work through, along with the one library book on my bedside bookshelf.  I will tell you about that, later.

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7. New Blog?

By all accounts there appears to be a new blog in town. I was sifting through my Galleycat and found the following bit o' info regarding Publisher's Weekly's revamped website; "The jury's still out on the other blogs, though Alison Morris's "ShelfTalker" can no doubt feed into the growing children's lit blog presence and market."

Growing kidlit blog presence? Why that applies to me!

So I hopped on over and saw that this Alison Morris person writes mighty well. Mighty. She has a piece (only one) in which she discusses the weird trend currently going on where publishers will change not just the cover but the NAME of a youth novel when it goes from hardcover to paperback.

The three novels I’ve recently purchased for our store that were apparently (in the eyes of their publishers) lamed by their own names are: Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, now appearing in paperback as Black and White; Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer, soon to appear in paperback as The Time Travelers; and Olivia Kidney and the Exit Academy by Ellen Potter, coming soon to a bookshelf near you as a paperback entitled Olivia Kidney Stops for No One.
Woah woah woah woah. They're renaming Gideon the Cutpurse? Children, if you didn't read that book last year it was one of the finest children's fantasies of 2006. Beautiful cover too (we'll forgive Ms. Morris for putting it down). This trend seriously disturbs me to the core of my soul and I didn't even know it was going on. And that, in essence, is why a Publisher's Weekly kidlit blog is going to turn out to be mighty important. Let's all keep our eye on this one for a while, shall we?

Thanks to Galleycat for the link.

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8. Horn Book - Now in Paper!

Roger Sutton poses the following query:
What could the Horn Book Magazine do better, or more of, or more interestingly? I always have this question running around in my mind (this is not necessarily a sign of dedication; it stems as much from my default anxiety as anything else) and I've come up with plenty of ideas that usually involve money we don't have. Like becoming a monthly, or printing in color, for example. Some ideas don't cost anything, but they do collide with Tradition: changing the logo, say, or making the magazine a standard size (which would actually save money).
Ix-nay on the ize-say ange-chay, I say.

Got me thinking though. What's a literary mag to do in this era of digital updates? In many ways Horn Book was ahead of the pack by having their own resident blogger. Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal are following suit, but HB was the first of its kind in this respect. One wonders if Kirkus has thought much on the subject. What a blog THAT could be!

But in terms of the actual physical magazine you hold in your hand, I like how Roger has phrased this question. What can they do, "more of, or more interestingly?" You'd have to look to the adult equivalent of Horn Book to find an answer to this, perhaps. Worth thinking about, just the same. Brian Kenney of SLJ recently gave a talk at Dominican University (yay, my graduate degree's pseudo-alma mater!) entitled Does Print Still Matter?. Spoiler Alert: It does. His talk didn't concern itself specifically with SLJ's status in print, but in terms of the immediate future it may tie in nicely with Roger's query. And back and forth it goes.

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9. Things you might have missed...

(Oh, yeah... bring it on, Lubar!)

As we're scurrying around the web, friending the good folks who've already got us on their blogrolls, we keep coming up with tidbits about 2k8. We thought you might like to know that:

We got a mention in this PW article about the Class of 2k7 (our big sibs)!

And one over here, at A Fuse #8 Production, the blog of librarian extraordinaire, Elizabeth Bird!

Brilliant, bearded, and balding author David Lubar even saw fit to make fun of us. Yeah!

Not too shabby...

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10. Publisher's Weekly Fall 2008 Children's Announcements

Can you believe summer is almost over? It went by WAY too fast! Well, the end of summer marks the beginning of publishers' fall catalogs.

Publishers Weekly released their Fall 2008 Children's Announcements. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in to check out what's hitting the shelves. Take a look at the extensive alphabetical fall listings as well as their sneak preview of the spring 2009 season,

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11. PW Review!!!

The Slidy Diner is one big health code violation: the proprietress wears a fly-covered sweater and “smells like rotten grill grease,” the toilet is a cesspool, “someone is usually running with scissors” and the sticky buns are scraped up off the floor. Even the people are ghoulish, with their flattened, oversize heads, blank eyes and doll-like bodies. Snyder, a debut picture book author and PW reviewer, and Zollars (Not in Room 204) serve up a wealth of Grand Guignol detail, beginning with the creepy premise: Edie, the narrator, claims she is held captive at the diner for stealing a lemon drop, and she gives a young patron the insider’s tour of the joint. Most of the best jokes are visual: the poison label stuck onto a countertop; pet food tins stashed amid the staples; a slice of pie garnished as if with eyeballs. The gross-out crowd will eat this up. Ages 5–8. (Oct.)

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12. Publisher’s Weekly starred review

childrensoarPublisher’s Weekly  gives OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR a starred review!

image *Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change by Michelle Cook, illus. by Cozbi A. Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Bryan Collier et al Bloomsbury, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59990-418-4

Showcasing the art of 13 artists, this resonant book was inspired by a simple yet searing phrase that celebrates the achievements of African-Americans, which was featured, in various versions, online and at rallies during the 2008 presidential campaign. Cook’s adaptation pays tribute to 10 individuals, including George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson. These figures’ triumphs are shown as part of a seamless continuum: “Martin marched… so Thurgood could rule. Thurgood ruled… so Barack could run. Barack ran… so our children can soar!” The spreads understandably represent an array of artistic styles and media, yet they form a cohesive and affecting collective portrait: a musical staff swathes Pat Cummings’s Ella Fitzgerald like a boa, while Shadra Strickland’s Ruby Bridges is a small yet determined figure, marching up the schoolhouse steps against a backdrop of protestors. Additional images from Leo and Diane Dillon, James Ransome, E.B. Lewis, Eric Velasquez and others, corroborate Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman’s assertion, in the book’s foreword, that African-American history is “the story of hope.” Ages 4–8. (Apr.)

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13. Articles about YA Audiences

I just got out of meeting at the day job, but before I delve into all things techy geeky, I wanted to drop a quick post about some interesting articles I’ve found about YA audiences.

With the first article, I got the heads up from writer friend,Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of the forthcoming, Eight Grade SuperZero (which I can’t wait to get my hands on). It comes from Publisher’s Weekly, What Do Teens Want?

Here’s an excerpt:

“Although it’s impossible to completely break out juvenile from young adult (YA), it is possible to look at expected growth rates for different categories. In the fiction/fantasy/sci-fi segment, where most sales in the YA category fall, we expect nearly 13% growth in 2009, reaching $744 million. By 2013, sales in this segment are anticipated to hit $861 million, a 30.6% increase over 2008.”

The other article I found out about through Justine Larabalestier’s blog post, Adults Reading YA. It comes from the Courier-Journal, Teen Books Lure Grown-Up Eyes.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Young adult fiction’s appeal has grown way beyond the school library. What was once considered entertainment for kids has become big business for adults, who are increasingly turning to the children’s section for their own reading pleasure, according to publishing experts.”

Both of these articles are touting the continued growth of YA, which is a great thing. You should definitely check both of these articles out.

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14. Since We're Sharing Reviews

Earlier this week, Wendy shared her wonderful Publishers Weekly review for her latest book, Lifted. Well, guess what? I've got one too! Here's the PW review of Forgive My Fins (which my editor spotted at a bookstore yesterday):

Seventeen-year-old Lily is not like the other girls at her high school--indistinguishable from humans in her two-legged form, she’s secretly a half-human, half-mermaid princess from the undersea kingdom of Thalassina. Lily has been obsessed with swimming star Brody for three years, and the time has come to tell him how she feels, reveal her secret, and take him to live with her under the sea as her bonded mermate. Unfortunately, a surprise kiss from her next-door nemesis, Quince, bonds them together instead. There’s only one way out: take Quince to Thalassinia and beg her father to break the attachment before it becomes permanent. But Quince secretly loves Lily and has one week to convince Lily not to let him go. Childs’s (Goddess Boot Camp) effervescent storytelling conveys the delicate tension of first love, and her characters are sympathetic and charming; Lily’s frequent aquatic exclamations (“Speak of the devilfish”) are indicative of the book’s brand of humor. This sweet mix of magic, romance, and teen drama will leave readers satisfied, even as they hope Quince and Lily’s story will continue.
Seems like PW is feeling quite generous with the Buzz girls lately. Can't ask for much better than that! (Well, a starred review would be better, but I'm not being greedy.)



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15. Candlewick to Launch Beginning Reader Series

Publisher's Weekly reports that Candlewick Press, that marvelous publishing house with the beautiful, arty books are launching a beginning reader series. I can't wait!

Read the article here:


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