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Patricia Reilly Giff 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 While already beloved for her popular and iconic Polk Street School chapter book series, Pat Giff surprised everyone in 1997 with Lily’s Crossing, a stand-alone historical novel about the WWII […]

Unrequired Reading

Just back from the semi-annual meeting of Boston’s Literacy Summit, where we got a first glimpse of what the Boston Public Library and the Boston Public Schools have planned for summer reading. There’s no need to dwell on my misbehavior during the opening ice-breaker; I’ll just say that I’m the kind of person who needs […]

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations

“Summer readin’ / had me a blast…” By now you should know that The Horn Book’s philosophy regarding summer reading is just do it, but the it is wide open to interpretation. Summer reading should not be a way to trick kids into doing school. Sure, reading can be learning (and oftentimes it is, even […]

Zena’s Night

After the Sutherland Lecture committee meeting on Friday afternoon, committee member and CPL Director of Children’s and YA services Liz McChesney gave us a tour of the soon-to-open new Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. I remember the old-old one in the Cultural Center as wonderfully shadowy, but this new one is bright and big and bold […]

I’m not kidding.

So the May/June special issue of the Horn Book has only been out for two days and we’ve already had two people (that I know of) cancel their subscriptions because of the lack of respect shown in that issue to our president and, by extension, those who voted him in. Of course I’m sorry to […]

Editorial: The Little Old Lady from Boston Meets Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang

What can I say? When we were planning our annual special issue and decided on the topic of humor, it was last summer, and everyone was feeling very optimistic. Now I suppose we can only hope, as the old saying goes (and as Lisa Yee reminds us), that comedy is tragedy plus time, as I […]

Need a job?

With the lovely Siân Gaetano departing the Horn Book to become the children’s/YA editor of Shelf Awareness, we have an opening for an editorial assistant. See below. Position:            Editorial Assistant Reports To:       Managing Editor, Horn Book Guide Location:           Boston The Horn Book Guide provides comprehensive coverage of […]

Please come to Boston in the fall

If you are at TLA, stop by the Horn Book booth and promise us your unborn children give us your email address to enter a pretty fabulous raffle we have going for attendees. The winner will get airfare, two nights hotel, and free admission to the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards ceremony and Horn Book […]

Quitcher bitchin

Last week, I had a complaint from a librarian about a Magazine review in which we called a character “fucking adorable.” Although I’m enjoying the thought of editing a magazine in which such sentiments might be expressed, we of course had called a character no such thing–it was a quote from the book under review, […]

From the Editor – April 2017

Don’t miss the annual special issue of The Horn Book Magazine, this year on the theme of humor. Wow, that sounds deadly. But it isn’t, trust me! Along with mostly-serious articles about how and why to be funny in books for young people, we’ve also solicited some of our author and illustrator friends to tell […]