After dinner, one very strong tradition is to watch “The Simpsons.” We actually call it “Family Simpsons.” There is something about that show — it’s such a great mix of something completely subversive and this sort of sweetness. It’s a show with a heart of gold, as opposed to a lot of other shows which are just trying to be funny, but really there’s no soul there. For the four of us and where we all are in our lives right now, it’s just sort of a perfect show. We all sit on the couch, sort of like the Simpsons themselves.
This is the Sunday routine of author Rebecca Stead whose novel “When You Reach Me” won the Newbery Medal in January for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature of 2009. The book is set on the Upper West Side, where Ms. Stead, 42, grew up and still lives with her husband, Sean O’Brien, a lawyer, and her sons, Eli, who turns 9 on Monday, and Jack, 11.