In "Smart Cookies," a Talk of the Town piece, New Yorker reporter Rebecca Mead goes food shopping with some kids in Brooklyn's Park Slope.
Amanda Craig looks at "What makes a [children's] classic?" in Saturday's Times, of London.
Find poetry books for children at the San Francisco Chronicle. Susan Faust says, "It's nearly PR time for poetry again. Thirty days of fame come every April, which is designated National Poetry Month."
This is not news, but if you're not a teacher or librarian, you may not know that School Library Journal reviews reference books. The latest online to-buy-or not-to-buys are from February. National Geographic's 2006 edition of the Encyclopedia of Animals scores high: "...animal enthusiasts will go wild for this fascinating, colorful edition, most suitable for browsing."
The Millions blog keeps an eye on book-industry trends by eavesdropping on B & N's chairman.