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Archive of posts filed under the From the Managing Editor’s Desk category.

Oh, lordy, I’m turning . . .

Did you know that 44% of all Greenwillowites celebrate their birth anniversaries between mid-September and mid-October? Martha’s gets the boomlet started. Mine’s tomorrow. And two very dear, special, important people share a birthday in October, and I’m sure you’ll be reading more about them in a couple weeks. The team was nice enough to take […]

Backlist Obsessions:
Across the Stream

Ninety-four words. Twenty-four pages. That’s all Mirra Ginsburg and Nancy Tafuri need to tell the story of a family in mortal danger—waking up one night in a panic, they run for their lives, and just when their hearts are in their throats and they’re jumping up and down with terror, they get rescued. Seems almost […]

Backlist Obsessions: Good Morning, Chick

My youngest son turned three in June. Three is an absolutely wonderful age: full of big-boy swagger, unbearably sweet and curious and emotional outpourings, and insane amounts of language acquisition. But it’s also a little bittersweet, because he has begun to reject some of our read-aloud standbys. So after thousands of hours reading aloud thousands […]

Tim Smith’s Day Off

Can you keep a secret? I stayed at home all day yesterday—Monday, a work day—and read just for fun. For, like, eight hours. A lot of it even lying in bed. Yes, there’s a catch. I was at home getting over a stomach bug, perhaps one transmitted by my disgusting office keyboard! In any case, […]

A Short Bio of Mother Goose

Yesterday’s blog post about Amelia Bedelia made me think about another eccentric but long-lived character in children’s books—Mother Goose. Who was she? When did she first appear? Why has she had such a long life, handed down from parents to children for so many generations? And how did she end up in these somewhat bizarre […]