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Clarion Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have asked me to invite you all to a memorial service  for their longtime colleague and my friend James Cross Giblin, to be held at NYC’s LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St, on Friday, October 28th at 2:30PM. RSVP to rachael DOT stein AT hmhco DOT com.

Monika Schröder Talks with Roger


Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Wren is new to the town of Pyramid, Michigan, practically catapulted there from Georgia after her father is killed in a plane crash and her mother tries to outrun her […]

From the Editor – September 2016


Today marks the debut of our newest blog, Family Reading, which will concern itself with all things books in the home. The blog will feature new and classic articles from The Horn Book Magazine as well as posts from parents and caregivers of all stripes about connecting their children with good books. We are seeking […]

Editorial: “Unboxing”


As we asked while putting together the book review section in this issue — as we seem to ask while putting together the book review section of every issue — what should we do when a book has a “(Mostly) True Story” in its subtitle? Where do we put it? Sometimes it’s implied, but this […]

I think I made this one too easy.


A mostly-forgotten book I love presented itself to my imagination twice yesterday. Can you guess what it is? Clue # 1 and #2: I was talking to Holiday House’s Mary Cash while she was with my buddy Elizabeth Law on Fire Island, and she mentioned her plan to go “swimming in the ocean” later in the day. […]

From the Editor – August 2016

What Makes a Good...?

Perhaps it was only ever a fantasy of mine that every child in America started the school year on the same day I always did (the Tuesday after Labor Day) but now, all over the map, it’s all over the map. And for those unfortunates who attend “year-round school” — do they still get a […]

Jewell Parker Rhodes Talks with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by While most adults (for now) count September 11th, 2001, as memory, for today’s fifth graders it is history, if known at all. Dèja, whose family has moved from living in […]

Stay home reading

Family Reading by Liza Woodruff

I love Perri Klass, here offering sensible advocacy of young children reading real books. Shut up, you know what I mean by real. Right after Labor Day, the Horn Book will debut its new blog, Family Reading, devoted to offering book recommendations and advice about the whats and whens and whos and hows of sharing books in […]

From the Editor – August 2016


I invite you to join The Horn Book and Simmons College for the seventh annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College in Boston on October 1st. Our theme this year is “Out of the Box,” as we join with the recipients of the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards to look […]

“They’re here.”


So that TV show whose name I could not remember on today’s podcast is Stranger Things, which Richard and I Netflixed assiduously in a handful of evenings. People are loving the throwback allusions, but my experience of 80s adolescence is entirely secondhand and spotty: I was a youth services librarian for most of the decade but […]