From the Editor – February 2014

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s wise to remember Dick Gregory’s quip: “Wouldn’t you know that when they got around to giving us a month, it would be the month of February, with all them days missing?” While a Month, or a Week, or a Day can serve to focus attention on something too […]

From the Editor – January 2014

Roger Sutton

The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about completely missing the mark, that […]

Books mentioned in the December 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture Books Building Our House by Jonathan Bean, Farrar, 5–8 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, 3–7 years. Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–7 years. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Chronicle, […]

From the Editor – November 2013

Roger Sutton

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the above, I’d recommend Little Santa […]

From the Editor – October 2013

Roger Sutton

I’d probably get in trouble with the ALA for this today, but back when I was a children’s librarian in the last century we limited Halloween-book checkouts to three per customer. There simply were never enough to go around, and I’m talking in November. Or December. Or Januar—you see where this is going. So please […]

From the Editor – September 2013

Roger Sutton

Come October 4th and 5th, I hope you will join us at the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The theme of this year’s HBAS is “Building Character,” and I invite you to join with the BGHB winners, Simmons faculty, and Horn Book staff in a day-long exploration of […]

From the Editor — August 2013

Roger Sutton

I’m grateful to Mitali Perkins for bringing some humor to the multicultural canon; it’s in shorter supply than it should be, a situation caused at least in part by the utter seriousness with which adults — that’s us — talk about appropriate depictions of ethnicity in books for children and teens. The fact that we […]

From the Editor — July 2013

Roger Sutton

Drumming up business for the Horn Book, I barely got to venture beyond the exhibit hall, but the lines and enthusiasm there showed me that this year’s ALA convention in Chicago was a lively one. From what I heard, the big highlight for children’s librarians was the ALSC preconference “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of […]

From the editor — June 2013

Roger Sutton

Dan Brown’s Inferno is not going to last me much longer, so I’m glad Katie Bircher and Elissa Gershowitz have put together the Horn Book’s annual Summer Reading Recommendations. There are choices for all tastes and ages here (and adults shouldn’t miss Eleanor & Park, a swoony and literate YA romance that just won the […]

Books mentioned in the June 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Ann M. Martin Better to Wish [Family Tree] by Ann M. Martin, Scholastic, 10–14 years. Middle-grade family stories The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata; illus. by Julia Kuo, Atheneum, 10–14 years. The Romeo and Juliet Code and Romeo Blue by Phoebe Stone, Levine/Scholastic, 10–14 years. One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be […]