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From the Editor — August 2017

A reminder that registration is now open for the 2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times, which takes place in Boston on October 7, the day after the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Your ticket to the Colloquium gets you in to the awards ceremony, and it’ll be a good one […]

Letters to the Editor, July/August 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

May/June 2017 Horn Book I’m writing to comment on an article in your May/June 2017 issue titled “Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump.” My comment regarding this article is in regard to Philip Nel’s language and opinions presented as if facts about President Trump. It would be one thing […]

From the Editor — July 2017

In case you need some mid-point inspiration for your summer reading, sign up for the August 9th SLJTeen Live! virtual conference devoted to YA literature. Speakers include Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Reshma Saujani, and Barry Lyga; panel discussants include such Horn Book favorites as Tanya Lee Stone, Ibi Zoboi, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas. It’s free […]

Editorial: Aiming High

The other day I was visiting Liz Phipps Soeiro’s elementary school library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when a young, preternaturally polite girl came in looking for a book recommendation: “I would like something that moves my emotions.” Liz asked her to ask me; I asked the girl to name the book she had last enjoyed; she […]

Letter to the Editor from Jean Stewart, July/August 2017

July/August 2017 Horn Book Hello, Mr. Sutton, Happy 4th of July to you and your staff! I received the latest issue of Hornbook and plan to save the bulk of it for airplane reading next week because I like to put sticky notes next to interesting titles to seek out, but in answer to your […]

2017 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win. Grounded The Airport Book by Lisa Brown Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes Left at the altar The Best Man by Richard Peck Some oversight! Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet Alternative facts? The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Not […]

From the Editor – June 2017

Kwame Alexander was kind enough to join me in announcing the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards in New York on May 31st. And I hope you will join us for the BGHB Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on October 6th and 7th in Boston. Our theme this year is “Resistance: Children’s Books […]

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations

“Summer readin’ / had me a blast…” By now you should know that The Horn Book’s philosophy regarding summer reading is just do it, but the it is wide open to interpretation. Summer reading should not be a way to trick kids into doing school. Sure, reading can be learning (and oftentimes it is, even […]

Hbook Podcast 2.10 – Series Wrap on Siân

It’s Siân‘s last week at Horn Book! 😢 Roger and Siân mainly ramble in this episode. There was no plan. You can tell. 🙂 They talk about Siân’s new gig with Shelf Awareness, electronic books, the future of publishing, and they display an amazing lack of knowledge on how to protect the environment. While this […]

Editorial: The Little Old Lady from Boston Meets Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang

What can I say? When we were planning our annual special issue and decided on the topic of humor, it was last summer, and everyone was feeling very optimistic. Now I suppose we can only hope, as the old saying goes (and as Lisa Yee reminds us), that comedy is tragedy plus time, as I […]