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>M.T. Anderson tipped me to this thoughtful NYT piece about the state of trade books in the classroom (wow, that phrase sounds as antiquated as whole language) and the fact that the Horn Book gets a shout out on the third page. We are of course always gratified when teachers find us helpful in their work, but the fact that a student found us so . . . well, there are no words.

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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. Monica Edinger says:

    >Wonder if his second try came from the Guide. (My take on this article and another one from Harpers here: http://medinger.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/in-the-classroom-teaching-reading/)

  2. Anonymous says:

    >Ha! I also noticed that the kid in question showed fine discrimination in selecting his source material!

  3. >Choice as motivator, eh? Interesting approach. Now this one should perm your hair — points as motivator — published in today's NY Times book review: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/books/review/Straight-t.html?ref=books

  4. >This is new?? Atwell and Calkins were the big thing when I started out in education, nearly twenty years ago.

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