A transcription of How to Destroy the Book, Cory Doctorow’s must-read speech on the future of books and copywright. If you only visit one link in this post, make it this one.
I really really really really want this to be the next Pigeon book. Make it happen, Mo!
The Onion has got our number. This absolutely cracked me up. Green Man jumps HIGH!
There were a lot of delightful tributes to our former Ambassador of Children’s Literature earlier this month, but my favorite was Book, Booker Bookest on learning how to spell Scieszka. (Which, I’m proud to say, I can do without looking!) Also check out a collection of his video highlights at Fuse #8.
Even before the most recent cover controversy really got going, there were a couple of very thoughtful posts going up around the blogosphere about the representation of people of color in kids and YA lit. I would especially recommend Chasing Ray’s post Demand Diversity in Publishing and Reading in Color’s post on people of color in historical novels.
A really wonderful story from Carol’s Corner about two things you might not think go together: promoting reading and lowriders. These are the moments that make it worth doing.
On Booklist, Anastasia Suen shares a list of early chapter books and easy readers featuring multicultural characters. I definitely plan to add some of these to my collection – the ones we have are constantly in use.
Maureen Johnson tries to kill Printz-winner Libba Bray, using an unexpected method. And if that’s not enough Libba-Bray-awesomeness for you, read her post on winning the Printz.
The Coretta Scott King award overwhelmingly goes to repeat winners, with over 60% of the illustrator awards going to the same 11 people. And while this is definitely an issue that the CSK committee needs to look at, it’s as much of a message for publishers. Where are the new authors and illustrators of color?