Both The Horn Book Magazine, a bimonthly publication, and The Horn Book Guide, a semiannual publication, review children’s and young adult books that are published in the United States. The Horn Book Magazine also reviews audiobooks. Publishers should send two copies of appropriate new titles in advance of publication date (preferably three months) to: Book Reviews, The Horn Book, Inc., 300 The Fenway, Palace Road Building, Suite P-311, Boston, MA 02115. Submissions must be accompanied by a notice with complete publication information, including price, publication date, and ISBN. Horn Book editors determine whether, when, and in which publication the reviews appear.
The Magazine reviews books very selectively, approximately eighty titles an issue, and generally considers titles notable for high standards in plot, theme, characterization, and style. Board books and original paperbacks are occasionally reviewed.
The Guide reviews books more comprehensively, with each issue containing brief, critical appraisals of more than 2,000 hardcover titles. Books produced by publishers that are not listed in Literary Market Place are not considered. Each issue reviews titles published in the previous six months: titles published between January 1st and June 30th appear in the fall issue; those published between July 1st and December 31st appear in the spring issue.
The Horn Book Magazine accepts article submissions. The Horn Book Guide is exclusively reviews and does not accept article submissions.
Articles submitted to The Horn Book Magazine should be of a critical nature on some aspect of children’s literature and should be no longer than 2000 words in length. Potential contributors are advised to have a solid familiarity with The Horn Book Magazine before submitting manuscripts. “Cadenza” submissions — witty commentaries, send-ups, poems, sketches, comics, cartoons, etc. — should be approximately 350 words (text) or fit on a 6-by-9-inch page (art). Please allow six months for a decision about acceptance. Payment is sent upon publication. The magazine does not publish fiction, nor does it publish work by children. Submissions must be original, unpublished works. Submissions may be sent via email to magazine at hbook.com using the subject line “Article Submission.” They can also be mailed to: The Horn Book Magazine, 300 The Fenway, Palace Road Building, Suite P-311, Boston, MA 02115.
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award
Complete details can be found at Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Submission Guidelines.
App Review of the Week Feature
We are always on the lookout for great kids’ apps and e-books to recommend to our readers. If you would like to submit an app or e-book for review consideration, please send an iOS promo code with all release information (developer, price, release date, supported devices, etc.) to kbircher (at) hbook.com. Please keep in mind that a submission does not guarantee a review. Click here to see our previous app reviews.