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Reading Around, 9/25

September 29th-October 6th is Banned Books Week. The American Library Association, which started the whole idea, is planning several initiatives at MySpace, Second Life, and Facebook. (You did not just hear me snicker. That would be really adolescent. Gah! Stop it!) ALA's "most challenged" book of 2006 was And Tango Makes Three, a delightful picture book about two male penguins who hatch an egg together. Come to think of it, Zinnia and Dot, two hens in a book I wrote about a few weeks ago, do the same thing, and nobody banned them.

The September edition of the online kid-lit journal The Edge of the Forest is up. Lots of good reading, as usual.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut Book Awards were handed out recently. Among the honorees were several people with connections to children's literature: Morton Schindel, founder of Weston Woods (which adapts picture books into short films), Lane Smith (John, Paul, George & Ben), and Barbara McClintock (Adèle and Simon).

Alan Greenspan interviews O.J.? See "Greenspan and Simpson: On Writing" at The New Yorker for details. Ha!


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Is it just me, or does this year's theme suck?

Oh, the Free People Read Freely? Why not Free People Read Freely for Free--At the Library! Kidding.

yes, it's a little goofy.

Wait, Zinnia and Dot were lesbian chickens??!! How very progressive.

They're certainly co-mothers. Actually they reminded me of Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard in that ancient TV show "The Mothers-in-Law."

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