It's children's books weekend in the New York Times:
- Leonard S. Marcus considers new New York-themed picture books, including The Story of Pale Male
- John Burnham Schwartz reviews Before I Die, by Jenny Downham (Also included in webcontent on this page: an interview with Jenny Downham and the first chapter of Before I Die.)
- J.D. Biersdorfer takes a look at "animal books" for the middle grade reader
- Blame Al Gore. (Just kidding, just kidding! I think he's done great work.) THE Hank Green reviews new books on the environment for children.
- This week's Bookshelf is devoted to children's books, including to one I really disliked.
It's also Children's Books week in the Globe and Mail. Susan Perren reviews four new books for children of all ages.
In this week's not-a-review category, I feel duty-bound to report that actress Julianne Moore (an actress I really respect) has a new picture book. It's an "I'm special despite X" picture book. She has chosen (surprise!) freckles for the X category. Kate Summerscale reports for the Telegraph.
Elizabeth Ward reviews Nick Hornby's Slam for the Washington Post. I really liked this one too, and will have a review of it in the all-YA The Edge of the Forest (up next week). Hornby is a natural fit for YA and I was so thrilled this one was good as I hated A Long Way Down. Even Amanda Craig, who wrote she dislikes "Hornby man," admitted grudging admiration for Slam last week in the Times.
Instead of Mary Harris Russell's review column this weekend, the Chicago Tribune has a banned books section:
- ALA's List
- Mary Harris Russell reviews And Tango Makes Three
- ALA: Books removed from shelves list
- Sharon Coatney gives a librarian's perspective on banned books in libraries.