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From the Editor – July 2016

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If you missed ALA in Orlando — or if you just miss ALA in Orlando — the Horn Book is here to help. We have published the acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder winners, and Siân and I discuss the conference on our post-ALA podcast. Please also […]

Talking about BGHB

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Tomorrow afternoon at 3:00, Deborah Ford of JLG and I are webinaring about this year’s BGHB winners. It’s free; come listen.

A trip to the library will make a new boy of me

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Last week I went over to the school across the street from my house to help school parent (and librarian and Horn Book Magazine reviewer) Pam Yosca as she worked to reopen its long-closed library. (More truthfully, “help.”) There is so much to do: the library has been closed for six years, and no new […]

Back from ALA

My view of Orlando

I’m back from ALA, but I hope that before Conference gets too far behind us that everybody takes a few minutes to read Christopher Myers’ meditation on the killings in Orlando that happened earlier this month. Chris proposed this piece to me last Tuesday night via email and got it to me Thursday morning; we […]

Editorial: “Last Stop, First Steps”

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When I arrived at the Horn Book in the spring of 1996, it was in the midst of a dustup caused by that January’s editorial, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery,” written by then–senior editors Lauren Adams and Martha V. Parravano. They decried the Newbery-winning predominance of middle-grade fiction by white people about white people, […]

Potter’s Field Redux

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Thanks to Siân (recently) and Martha (several years ago), I am compulsively reading Harry Potter. Sian brought the guy up in a Horn Book podcast and awakened my curiosity; Martha had told me back in the day that Jim Dale’s audio edition is the perfect entrée to the books for those who are not among the […]

RIP Lois Duncan

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I was sorry to hear about Lois Duncan’s death yesterday. Lois had been writing for young people for a long time–her first novel, Debutante Hill, was published in 1958 (and republished in 2013 by Lizzie Skurnick Books). She is someone whose work I always point towards as a reminder that YA fiction did not begin […]

Joshua Khan Talks with Roger

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Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. When I emailed Joshua Khan to set up this interview, he wrote back that he had read the Frances Hardinge Talks with Roger and that he, too, had been a Dungeons […]

Review of The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

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The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán” by Jo Ellen Bogart; 
illus. by Sydney Smith Preschool, Primary    Groundwood    32 pp. 3/16    978-1-55498-780-1    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-781-8    $16.95 Perhaps best known to us now through Barber and Auden’s song “The Monk and His Cat” (there is also a YA novel […]

From the Editor – June 2016

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We’ve just announced the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — and via video no less! — the fiftieth time we’ve done so (which is a lot if not quite enough to constitute a fiftieth anniversary; ask a math teacher). The awards will be conferred in a ceremony on September 30th in Boston at Simmons College […]