I review Allen Say's latest book in the Times today. I had been hoping that book, along with Anita Lobel's Nini Lost and Found might figure in the ALA lists and awards but do they listen to me? In any case, we've made a beautiful cover from Nini's art for the forthcoming Horn Book Guide. (And in related news, I saw and heard Anita's daughter Adrienne via the magic of HD satellite transmission yesterday afternoon during the intermission of the Met's production of Nixon in China, for which Adrienne had created the sets.)
One last and sad Anita and Nini connection--I heard late Friday that Anita's Knopf editor Janet Schulman had died. Janet, formerly of Macmillan (the old one) and retired publisher of Random House children's books, is a true legend and was a great colleague. A good writer, too--in the recently published In the Words of the Winners, our collection with ALSC of the last decade's Newbery and Caldecott speeches and related material, I cite her Pale Male as a book I thought the Newbery committee should have paid attention to. Janet had promised me a walk in Central Park to see the titular hawk but now I will have to do it in her memory.