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The Horn Book's blogs include Read Roger, Out of the Box, Calling Caldecott, and Lolly's Classroom. You can follow them all here, or individually via each blog's own URL and/or RSS feed.

War and refugees

Given the world we live in, where a picture of a kid who is dazed after a bombing is becoming normal, our children are exposed more and more to the topics of war and refugees from war. Even when we live in safe homes, neighborhoods or countries, we must expose our children to these topics. […]

Batter up for Opening Day 2017!

The sun is shining (thank goodness — we need it after the slushy start to April this weekend) as a new season of America’s national pastime begins today. Down the street at Fenway Park, our Red Sox are set to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon. Go Sox! Meanwhile, here at The Horn Book […]

Some writer, artist, friend!

I hope you’ll join me for the 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture, to be held on Friday, May 5 at 7:30PM at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Our lecturer is the wonderful Melissa Sweet; her chosen topic is “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story.” Tickets are free but you gotta reserve your […]

Roger did NOT talk with Sarah Pieters

…because she’s not a real person. Those amazing photos are by and of Kitty Flynn, who we would NOT mess with, with that thousand-yard stare. Happy April Fools’ Day! We were inspired for this year’s joke by the work of the late Peter D. Sieruta, whose April Fools’ Day pranks had bite and whose Horn […]

On “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics” (from 2017)

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been tracking the number of children’s books created by people of color since 1985. In an interview that will be published in the July/August 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, book review editor Martha V. Parravano talks with CCBC director Kathleen T. Horning […]

Sydney Smith on Town Is by the Sea

In our March/April 2017 issue, our editors asked illustrator Sydney Smith about his illustrations for quiet new picture book Town Is by the Sea. Read the full starred review. Horn Book Editors: The illustrations help pace the story so beautifully. How did this book come together among text, art, and design? Sydney Smith: Joanne Schwartz’s […]

Women’s History Month, Week 5

March is Women’s History Month, and now seems like an especially important time to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Look for the hashtag #HBWomensHistory17 on Facebook and Twitter and here at hbook.com. This week’s articles: recommended bios of female innovators in the visual arts review of Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life […]

Sarah Pieters Talks with Roger

Longtime editor Edna Albertson, known for her Dear Clueless letters published in The Horn Book, retired from Cottage Press (now a division of ImPress) in 1997. She was succeeded by Sarah Pieters, whose, ahem, discriminating approach to manuscript acquisitions rivals that of her predecessor. I spoke with Sarah ahead of the publication of Dear Dumbass: […]

World Autism Awareness Week and Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month

The last week of March is World Autism Awareness Week, which leads into Autism Acceptance Month (also known as Autism Awareness Month). Below, we’ve compiled some resources for advocacy and recommended books highlighting experiences of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their loved ones. Resources from The Horn Book “Reading on the Spectrum” by Ashley […]

Radio Jones and His Robot Dad app review

Radio Jones and His Robot Dad (Nexus Productions, 2016; iOS only) is an animated graphic novel about a boy whose dad doesn’t have time to play soccer with him, or to do much at all besides sit in his dim office and look miserable. Radio takes matters into his own tech-savvy hands and creates the […]