>March/April 2009 Horn Book Magazine

>The Horn Book has a snow day today but our latest issue is out and, partly, up. We’ve posted an intelligently bristling argument from Farah Mendlesohn what’s wrong with contemporary YA SF as well as veteran Joanna Rudge Long’s thoughts on what to look for in a “Three Little Pigs.” The print Magazine also includes Susan Fletcher’s moving account of her epistolary friendship with Elvand, an Iranian writer and translator and we solicited stories of similar friendships from a handful of other authors for children. Catherine Murdock weighs in on the absence of mothers in children’s books–it’s A Good Thing–and Elizabeth Wein looks back in time. In better bookstores, bathrooms, and libraries now (or soon).

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. >Thanks so much for Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s article on Mommy Buzzkill. Finally, a cogent answer to all those who (rather belligerently) ask me why mothers are always getting killed off in children’s books.

    Jeanne Birdsall

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