The Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2013

Table of Contents



Barbara Bader 11 Persons of Interest
The untold rewards of picture book biographies.

Ariel Baker-Gibbs and Deirdre Baker 28 Sign in Print
The unique challenges American
Sign Language presents for writers.

Christina Chant Sullivan 51 Disturbing (or Not?) Young Adult Fiction
A middle school teacher’s mixed feelings
about assigning “disturbing” books.


Roger Sutton
Books Built from the Ground Up
Reframing the debate about “multicultural” books.

Leonard S. Marcus
Sight Reading
Show and Tell
Curating “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.”

Kathleen T. Horning 35 Caldecott at 75
Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies
Fifth in a series on the Caldecott Medal at 
one winner per decade, here the 1970s.

Elizabeth Poe 43 Books in the Home
Reading with My Mother
The author’s experiences reading picture books
with her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother.

Thom Barthelmess 56 What Makes a Good…?
What Makes a Good Picture Book About Loss?

From The Guide
Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales
A selection of reviews from
The Horn Book Guide.

Ron Koertge
Q&A at the Eco-Expo Children’s Pavilion
A poem


63 Horn BOO!
A roundup of Halloween books.

71 Book Reviews


Letters to the Editor
September/October Starred Books
Index to Advertisers
Index to Books Reviewed
Cover from Me…Jane. © 2011 by Patrick
Page 1 art from Click, Clack, Boo! Illustration © 2013
by Betsy Lewin.


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  1. Ms. Sullivan –

    Thank you for meeting your middle-school boys where they are and finding books they love. I’m so pleased to find another teacher who enjoys these guys and does not find them to be “the pits of the education world”.

    I hope your students and parents truly appreciate your efforts!

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