Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

John Green‘s Looking for Alaska won the 2006 ALA Michael L. Prinz Award and was the 2005. School Library Journal’s Book of the Year. Sumner County Schools in Tennessee have just banned the book, considering a brief oral sex scene as too racy for the teen audience. They are not the first to do so: […]

Maurice Sendak


It’s terrible that it’s taken the death of Maurice Sendak to make me post again. I do have a lot to post about, but it’s been a tough year in some ways: illness and the work of day to day living make it easy to forget to do the things we love. I’ll try to […]



We had a death in the family and had to fly out for the funeral last week, came home, turned around and went to Chautauqua, so I won’t be able to get to John Hutton’s books until I get back–another two weeks. We’ve started our Fairy Tales course, and I’ll do my best to blog […]

100 posts


This is my 100th post, and there are a lot of exciting things going on in the kidlit world in the past couple weeks. First as I said last time, the Caldecott, Printz and Newbery lists went up. The 2011 Caldecott went to A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by […]

Great comment by Deborah Netanel on my last Rapunzel post. She took me to task for glibly making a brief allusion to the fact that the tower could also represent the Garden of Eden and then going on with just an “oops,” and not exploring that further. Certainly, those who told western european fairy tales […]

When I do a yearly check-up I almost always ask kids what they’re reading. Last week one mentioned a novel I love, Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War. His mom was in the room, and she said that a parent she knew had started a petition to remove The Chocolate War from their high school reading […]

OK, I wish I could say I’m refreshed after 2 weeks of a restful vacation, but really I’m just jet lagged. I did spend a wonderful 2 weeks in Israel with Jan, my mom, my brother, sister-in-law and nieces, and of all the great stuff, I think the company was the best part. Yes, there […]

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted . . . just busy, mostly. I think I’m going to do another fairy tale or two soon, though, before I go back to kids & YA stuff. Busy has to do with the whole full-time job thing, and I’m reading submission after submission for Hunger Mountain’s […]

Short Post


I’m in Chicago for my daughter’s graduation from grad school at U. Chicago. Congratulations to her and to everyone in the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities (affectionately known as MAPH). A lot of new ideas for me for what people want to see me post on, and I got to hear my cousin’s […]

In the interests of full disclosure, I should tell you that I feel connected to Norma Fox Mazer–she was my teacher and I counted her among my friends. She was a graduate of Antioch College about 20 years before I was and she taught at the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children program when […]