Happy Thanksgiving

“At school, the subject of Native Americans pretty much comes up just around Turkey Day,
like those cardboard cutouts of the Pilgrims and the pumpkins and the squash
taped to the windows at McDonald’s.”
–from Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Harper, 01)

I am thankful for the children’s and young adult literature community–for the young readers, the writers, the illustrators, and the champions/gatekeepers who connect kids to books. Here’s wishing many blessings of the Creator to you all.

To begin your own research, see Happy Thanksgiving Picture Books from HarperCollins, Best Children’s Picture Books About Thanksgiving by Elizabeth Kennedy from, and Thanksgiving Reading from

Cynsational News & Links

Attention Censors from Bookslut. In reference to books such as Perfect by Natasha Friend (Milkweed, 2004) and Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (HarperCollins, 2003). Read a recent cynsational interview with Brent Hartinger on the banning of Geography Club. Surf over to read A Conversation with Natasha Friend from Milkweed. See also Why Every Book Matters by Colleen Mondor from Chasing Ray.

Margot Finke’s World of Writing for Children has been redesigned. Surf over to check it out!

Winter 2005-2006 Booksense Picks. See recent cynsational interviews with “pick” authors Libba Bray on Rebel Angels (Delacorte, 2005) and Ron Koertge on Boy Girl Boy (Harcourt, 2005).