Welcome to the Horn Book’s new digital home; please take a look around. Among the features I would like to point your attention to are our new blog, Calling Caldecott, as well as content from the just-published September-October issue of The Horn Book Magazine. One of the things I like most about the new hbook.com is the ability it gives readers to engage in dialogue with us and each other; just about every post and article ends with a spot for you to tell us what you think. Please do so.
As you poke around you will soon notice that this is a work in progress. The structure is in place as are our most current articles, but the prodigious riches of our old site are being added gradually. (You can still access everything published there at archive.hbook.com) We hope you find the new framework helpful: above the logo are links to each of our publications and information about subscribing and advertising, below it are seven categories (we call ‘em buckets) which, hopefully, organize the contents of the site in a logical way. (Of course, the beauty of art and progress alike is their ability to surprise us, so I’d like to challenge you all to submit articles that speak to the Horn Book’s mission–to “blow the horn for fine books for boys and girls”–but also blow our organizational scheme out of the water.)
Let me know–right here, in the comments to this post–what you like and what you don’t about the new site. One of the ambiguously great things about digital publishing is that nothing is written in stone, and I find the WordPress platform almost perilously flexible. As is the terrific team who pulled this all together: Lolly Robinson and Kitty Flynn here at the Horn Book, and Guy Gonzalez, Michael Bearse, Josh Hadro, and Ashley MacDonald in the New York offices. All of us hope this site is as helpful, accessible, and forward-looking as our first home was (see below) and our readers continue to be.