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Happy Birthday to Us


Last Sunday marked the hundredth anniversary of the opening of Bertha Mahony’s Bookshop for Boys and Girls, whose “Suggestive Purchase List” begat The Horn Book Magazine and everything else we do today to blow the horn for fine books for youth. Lolly Robinson has given us the extraordinary gift of “The Horn Book’s Virtual History […]

Not a Box


We’ve begun gathering together and posting our coverage of the past weekend’s BGHB–my 21st, phew–and HBAS colloquium. It was a happy concatenation of thinking and talking about books for youth, and our Out-of-the-Box theme for the colloquium provided structure without strain. More than one of the speakers mentioned how nice children’s-book discussion is (absent M.T. Anderson […]

November/December Horn Book starred reviews


The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   Wolf in the Snow; written and illus. by Matthew Cordell (Feiwel/Macmillan) Sleep Tight Farm; by Eugenie Doyle; illus. by Becca Stadtlander (Chronicle) The Bossier Baby; written and illus. by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane/Simon) The Sleeping Gypsy; written and illus. by Mordicai Gerstein (Holiday) […]

When the censor is you


While you all know what I think of the term “self-censorship” (which does not mean censorship by oneself so much as of oneself, and you are not your library), SLJ’s survey of censorship by school librarians is eye-opening. Siân and I will be talking about it on the podcast we’re recording today (and publishing next Monday) […]

A truly great guy


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.

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. […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Starred reviews, September/October ’16 Horn Book Magazine

from GIANT SQUID; ills. by Eric Rohmann

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Rescue Squad No. 9; written and illustrated by Mike Austin (Random) Du Iz Tak?; written and illustrated by Carson Ellis (Candlewick) Owl Sees Owl; by Laura Godwin; illus. by Rob Dunlavey (Schwartz & Wade/Random) Penguin Problems; by Jory John; […]

“Where was the editor?”

This week’s Horn Book podcast is devoted to–well, if you can ever say the podcast is devoted to one thing in particular beyond Siân and me yammering for half an hour–Lane Smith’s new book There Is a Tribe of Kids. At one point I opine that the publisher knew or should have known, anyway, about the […]