The Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2013

March/April 2013 Horn Book Magazine cover

Table of Contents



Barbara Bader 21 Z Is for Elastic: The Amazing Stretch of Paul Zelinsky
A look at the versatile artist’s career.

Roger Sutton 30 Jack (and Jill) Be Nimble: An Interview with Mary Cash and Jason Low
Independent publishers stay flexible and look to the future.

Eugene Yelchin 41 The Price of Truth
Reading books in a police state.

Elizabeth Burns 47 Reading: It’s More Than Meets the Eye
Making books accessible to print-disabled children.


Roger Sutton
See, It’s Not Just Me
In which we celebrate the nonconforming among us.

Polly Horvath and Jack Gantos
The Writer’s Page
Two Writers Look at Weird
Are they weird? What is weird, anyway?
And will Jack ever reply to Polly?

Different Drums
What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?
Elizabeth Bird 18
Luann Toth 20
Deborah Stevenson 29
Kristin Cashore 39
Susan Marston 46
Elizabeth Law 58
Christine Taylor-Butler 71
Mitali Perkins 72
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson 79
Leonard S. Marcus 54 Sight Reading
Wit’s End: The Art of Tomi Ungerer
A “willfully perverse and subversive individualist.”

Elizabeth Bluemle 59 Field Notes
When Pigs Fly: The Improbable Dream 
of Bookselling in a Digital Age
How one indie children’s bookstore stays afloat.

Claire Gross 64 What Makes a Good…?
What Makes a Good YA Coming Out Novel?

Kathleen T. Horning
73 Caldecott at 75
Prayer for a Child and the Test of Time
Second in a series on the Caldecott Medal 
at seventy-five—one winner per decade, 
here the 1940s.

From The Guide
Novels in Verse
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.

Raina Telgemeier
My Life in Comics
The creator of Smile and Drama 
shares her passion for her art form.


Book Reviews
Audiobook Reviews


March/April Starred Books
Index to Advertisers
Index to Books Reviewed

Cover © 2013 by Paul O. Zelinsky. 
Page 1 art from The Beast of Monsieur Racine. 
© 1971 by Tomi Ungerer.




  1. I have just read Elizabeth Burns’ article in my copy of Horn Book Magazine for March/April 2013.

    I would like to share this article with one of my patrons who is visually impaired and interested in a career that relates to libraries, books/reading, and visually impaired children. Is your article available in electronic format? I realize that HB normally doesn’t make their articles available online, but in this case, perhaps they might consider it?

    If it were online, she has software that will read it aloud to her.

    If not, I will type the links to all the resources listed and send it to her myself, but I think she would find the article very useful and relevant, as well.


    Erica Siskind
    Children’s Librarian
    Rockridge Branch
    Oakland Public Library
    3566 College Ave
    Oakland, CA, 94618

  2. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    Hi Erica,
    Thanks so much for your comment, and for sharing this article with your patron! “Reading: It’s More Than Meets the Eye” is available on our website here:

    Best wishes to both of you!

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