is now out. Online excerpts include "What Makes a Good Book for All Ages?," Ashley Waring writing about reading with her autistic son, Jerry Griswold on the new Natalie Merchant record, and me interviewing Patty Campbell. The print edition also includes two essays from the forthcoming A Family of Readers, Barbara Bader on folktale publishing, Leonard Marcus writing about big and little picture books and four writers (Chris Myers, Ron Koertge, Monica Edinger and Sharyn November) on growing up with books.
And we are in the midst of editing the November issue, which will feature M.T. Anderson and Chris Heppermann about teaching and studying writing for children, Anita Lobel's Sutherland Lecture, Dean Schneider on "What Makes a Good Sports Book?" Leonard on picture books from other countries, and five writers (Mary Downing Hahn, Steve Jenkins, Jack Gantos, Holly Black, and Cheryl Klein) on snow-day reading. Anita Lobel has created a glorious Christmas painting for the cover.