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Book packaging

Not THAT kind, but about the literal packaging of books sent to this office. And others: a publishing friend said she received an indignant phone call asking her company to PLEASE stop using mailers that contain that gray fluffy stuff as padding; and I also saw it on Twitter. I asked in this office if the […]

Review of In Your Hands

In Your Hands by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Brian Pinkney Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    32 pp. 9/17    978-1-4814-6293-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6294-5    $10.99 It looks like a baby-shower book, and it is a baby-shower book — but with a difference. On pastel backgrounds amidst the soft, swirling swoops of Pinkney’s gentle lines and colors, Weatherford […]

The star-making machinery

Grandpa got grumpy yesterday over one of his old nemeses: the Non-Disclosure Agreement. An NDA in this circumstance is when a publisher asks us to sign a contract putting certain restrictions on the Horn Book before forking over an advance review copy. We aren’t asked to sign them very often, and we never do sign them, […]

Jon J Muth 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 If there’s anyone who could bring out the Zen in car racing, I suppose it could be Jon J Muth (Zen Shorts, Zen Socks, Zen Ties…). And in Mama Lion […]

From the Editor – September 2017

We’re looking forward to the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on October 6th and the following day’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Resistance,” in which all ten of our awarded authors and illustrators will be participating. It will be a special pleasure for me to moderate a conversation between my old friend Richard Peck (The […]

Let’s get special

On Thursday, the Horn Book staff will be at my house stuffing our faces with pastry and planning our 2018 editorial calendar. You can help! As Magazine readers will know, we publish one special themed issue each year. We’ve done this from the start, with most early special issues being devoted to one great lady […]

It is so our business

I see SLJ is taking some heat for its stand against Trump’s deplorable actions re DACA. Welcome to my world. I’d love to put together a panel discussion of the children’s-book journal editors on the topic of pulpit-pounding. We all do it, in different ways to different ends, and it might be a good opportunity to […]

Alan Gratz 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 Alan Gratz’s Refugee parallels the journeys of three refugees: Josef from Nazi Germany, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, Mahmoud from 2015 Syria. We talked about the challenges of containing reality within […]

Double takes

We saw the 40th anniversary release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind* this weekend, which seemed like a great end-of-summer thing to do. I swear that movie has been cut differently every time I’ve seen it, but I was once again thrilled to see one of my favorite shots in cinema: that early scene […]

Home run!

Over at SLJ, Kiera Parrott makes a thorough case against reading levels. I wish I’d had her on hand when we were visiting the children last month. The grandpas had sent eight-year-old Miles some books a few weeks before, mainly Magic Treehouse. When I said something about them he mumbled that they weren’t on his Fountas […]