Thursday, March 30, 2006

May/June Stars

Listed below are the starred (starring?) books in the forthcoming May/June issue:

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon
(Knopf)
written and illustrated by Mini Grey

What Do Wheels Do All Day?
(Houghton)
written by April Jones Prince, illustrated by Giles Laroche

Hardworking Puppies
(Harcourt)
written and illustrated by Lynn Reiser

Max’s ABC
(Viking)
written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Day of the Scarab:
The Oracle Prophecies, Book Three
(Greenwillow)
by Catherine Fisher

Thumb on a Diamond
(Groundwood)
by Ken Roberts

Mama: A True Story in which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama during a Tsunami, but Finds a New Home, and a New Mama
(Harcourt)
written and illustrated by Jeannette Winter (page 351)

4 comments:

rindamybers said...

Max has an ABC?!!! I'm ecstatic! Way to go, Rosemary Wells...Would LOVE to see her get a Caldecott soon.

Anonymous said...

Roger:

Supposing a writer published a children's book with a small, new publisher. And supposing that publisher's books weren't getting reviewed by Horn Book and the other two biggies. (And they were submitted!) Does that mean the reviewers think this publisher's books are no good, or is it hard for a startup publisher to get the journals to even look at their books?

Roger Sutton said...

There are so many variables. Considerin that the Horn Book Magazine reviews perhaps 20-25% of hardcover children's books published (and a much smaller percentage of paperbacks), it is more likely that any one book will NOT be reviewed, thus flipping the question. If a book is hardcover, physically suitable for library purchase, and from a publisher listed in LMP then it will be reviewed in the Horn Book Guide, whether the book in question be good, bad or in-between (all by our lights, of course).

Although I've reviewed for all the major journals at one time or another I don't have intimate knowledge of how they make their decisions, but I do know that each one has different policies and procedures. But I think I can speak for them all by saying that while we welcome books from new publishers, we don't automatically give them attention simply because of their provenance. As Betsy Hearne famously quotes her first boss at Booklist, we all try to take the books "one at a time."

Anonymous said...

Thanks!