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The Book Before the Movie

Look what happens when a flu rips through the Oakland Public Library, rendering its staff immobile for a week…

SLJ continues its coverage of the Newbery, including something to pass as controversy. I keep on misnoming Roger’s retort as "Put it Where You Put it," with an emphasis on the profane. I’m actually happy to see this controversy (which many try to use to bury the committee’s decision on Criss-Cross) circle back round to The Graveyard Book…which is just too popular to be buried. (We put ours everywhere.)

…Then there’s Monica’s well-timed review at the NYTimes

…And, to warm my bacteria-ridden heart, the movie ad for Coraline with its super-title banner: "from…Newbery-Winning Author Neil Gamian"

They even spelled it right.

Nina Lindsay About Nina Lindsay

Nina Lindsay is the Children's Services Coordinator at the Oakland Public Library, CA. She chaired the 2008 Newbery Committee, and served on the 2004 and 1998 committees. You can reach her at


  1. I am reluctant to comment on SLJ and Debra Lau Whelan’s coverage of the Newbery this year. There’s a consensus, I think, that the Newbery is not usually a wildly popular read. But I am wondering how many kids *do* read the Newberys relative to the number of adults who read say, the pulitzers or the NBA. Setting aside the assigned reading, do you have any guess if a greater or lesser percentage of kids read *kid literature* than adults read adult *literature?* The kids I know have all read far more award winners than the adults I know have read pulitzers, or anything I would call *literature* but the kids I know are a small, skewed, sample.

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