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Happy birthday, dear Barbara!

Happy 90th birthday to children’s literature luminary Barbara Bader! In addition to her seminal book American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to the Beast Within and longtime work as children’s book editor and eventually co-owner of Kirkus Reviews, she has also been a prolific Horn Book Magazine contributor. Her articles on the history of children’s books […]

From The Guide: #goodtrouble

Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis, coauthor of the March graphic novel memoir trilogy, preached to his chickens as a child (see right); in the July/August 2017 issue, Lewis’s March coauthor Andrew Aydin describes their mission to keep “preaching” to a new generation. The following nonfiction picture books about the civil rights movement and […]

Letters to the Editor, July/August 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

May/June 2017 Horn Book I’m writing to comment on an article in your May/June 2017 issue titled “Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump.” My comment regarding this article is in regard to Philip Nel’s language and opinions presented as if facts about President Trump. It would be one thing […]

From The Guide: Darkly Funny YA

When Andrew Smith’s book Grasshopper Jungle won the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction, it was praised for its blending of catastrophic sci-fi with angsty teen-humor. The following books likewise rely heavily on dark comedy to appeal to the snarky, self-referential nature of teenagers themselves, creating an appealing subgenre for self-aware readers looking to […]

Books mentioned in the July 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Kate and M. Sarah Klise Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise, illus. by M. Sarah Klise, Feiwel, 5–8 years. Summer’s here Ice Boy by David Ezra Stein, Candlewick, 4–7 years. Wet by Carey Sookocheff, Holt/Godwin, 3–6 years. Another Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon, […]

Editorial: Aiming High

The other day I was visiting Liz Phipps Soeiro’s elementary school library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when a young, preternaturally polite girl came in looking for a book recommendation: “I would like something that moves my emotions.” Liz asked her to ask me; I asked the girl to name the book she had last enjoyed; she […]

Letter to the Editor from Jean Stewart, July/August 2017

July/August 2017 Horn Book Hello, Mr. Sutton, Happy 4th of July to you and your staff! I received the latest issue of Hornbook and plan to save the bulk of it for airplane reading next week because I like to put sticky notes next to interesting titles to seek out, but in answer to your […]

Horn Book Magazine — July/August 2017: Special Issue: ALA Awards

Table of Contents Features Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Rudine Sims Bishop “The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Diversity Statistics” by Martha V. Parravano A conversation with CCBC director Kathleen T. Horning. “The Year in Words” by Jonathan Hunt “Brave people fighting against fear, hatred, intolerance, and injustice.” “A Lifeline Called Hope”: Wilder Medal […]

Recommended books and articles for Pride Month

Throughout the month of June, we’ve been celebrating Pride Month by highlighting Horn Book articles on queer lives, experiences, and literature. Some brand-new additions to our LGBTQIA+ content from previous years: Pride Month 2017 On Kathleen T. Horning’s “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” One year later Love stories with Pride Jerry Griswold’s “Outside […]

Reviews of 2017 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2017 winners. The Airport Book by Lisa Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 5/16    978-1-62672-091-6    $17.99 As an (interracial) family of four scrambles […]