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From the Editor – February 2016

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In honor of Black History Month, we are daily posting key articles from the Horn Book archives about the African American experience in children’s and young adult literature. Up today: Augusta Baker’s “The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature,” a speech she gave in 1974 in honor of the Horn Book’s fiftieth anniversary, […]

From the Editor – January 2016

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Well, a few years ago the Caldecott Medal went to what many people thought was a novel (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), and this week we have the Newbery going to a thirty-two page picture book, the first time this has happened since A Visit to William Blake’s Inn in 1982 and only the second […]

Editorial: Climbing the Walls

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Last month, while reading and re-reading books for The Horn Book’s annual “Fanfare” discussion, I teased followers of the Read Roger blog with mention of a book that had me excited for YA publishing all over again: “Granted, the half-dozen books I have to get through before [the meeting] are themselves already separated from the […]

Folktale and nursery rhyme title teasers – answers

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Here are the solutions to this week’s Title Teasers twitter contest. It’s been lots of fun! Feel free to submit your own — we’re always up for good Storyland humor. Name the titles from Mother Goose rhymes or fairy tales. An alliterative clue is given for each. 1. forgetful felines: Three Little Kittens 2. bath […]

Folktale and nursery rhyme title teasers

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Who remembers being tickled by our Storyland and Ask Rapunzel features? (Heads up — Ron Koertge has another Storyland entry coming up in the January/February Horn Book Magazine: “You Don’t Know Jack.”) Also, who loves Horn Book quizzes? On Twitter? You’re in luck! Author Mary Jessie Parker* has devised for us a Title Teasers quiz: Name […]

From the Editor – December 2015

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As a result of the baby boomlet of the late 1980s, we saw subsequent picture book publishing grow, not just in sheer numbers of new titles but in the expansion of the traditionally preschool genre’s reach into books intended for older children and even adults. In this edition of What Makes a Good…? we go […]

From the Editor — November 2015

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People are already fighting about Starbucks’s holiday cups, there were Christmas tree ornaments on sale at CVS this morning, and The Horn Book is pulling together Fanfare, our list of the best books of the year. While I see that Publishers Weekly has already published its list of bests (which is really rushing the season, […]

Editorial: We’re Not Rainbow Sprinkles

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Last month at the Cambridge Public Library, I moderated a panel of five middle-grade writers brought to town by their publisher, Random House: Jeanne Birdsall, Bruce Coville, Alice Hoffman, R. J. Palacio, and Rebecca Stead. The place was packed and the conversation lively. With just a few minutes left for questions at the end of […]

From the Editor — October 2015

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I want to thank the Horn Book, Simmons College, and Boston Globe staff who worked so hard to make this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Transformations” a big success. You can see a photo album of the events on our website, and look forward to the January/February 2016 issue […]

Letter to the Editor from Lydia Gagliano, July/August 2015

July/August 2015 Horn Book Regarding Jacqueline Woodson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech: I’m not at all certain why Ms. Woodson thought it important to label the young reporter who interviewed her at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival as “white.” She then follows this with a bit of mind-reading, saying she knew “the answer […]