Subscribe to The Horn Book


Gimlet-eyed and occasionally -addled views on what's wrong and right in the world of books for young people.

Hbook Podcast 1.33 – Special Guest Christian Robinson


Podcast the 33rd in which Siân and Roger chat with Last Stop on Market Street illustrator (and generally awesome human being), Christian Robinson. Books we talk about illustrated by Christian Robinson School’s First Day of School, Adam Rex Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña Leo: A Ghost Story, Mac Barnett Little Penguins, Cynthia […]

From the Editor – October 2016


I hope you can join The Horn Book this Saturday at the Boston Book Festival in Copley Square and its environs. Courtesy of our friends at The Boston Globe, we have a booth (#61, prime placement right outside the Boston Public Library), so come say hello and pick up some swag, including issues of The […]

NYCC Interview with Brittany Cavallaro


Siân was lucky enough to have a quick chat with author Brittany Cavallaro at NYCC16. Beware: lots of background noise.

Hbook Podcast 1.32 – Special Guest Betsy Bird


Podcast the 32nd in which Siân chats with blogger and librarian Betsy Bird about religion in books and publishing. Books we talk about Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo Harry Potter, obvi Miracle Man by John Hendrix The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz and Hatem Aly Rebel Genius […]

Hbook Podcast 1.31 – Library Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, and VOYA


Podcast the 31st in which Siân and Roger talk about, well, the title: library censorship, intellectual freedom, and VOYA. Also Christian romances. Books we talk about Kody Keplinger, Run Selene Castrovilla, Melt Stephanie Kuehn, The Smaller Evil Simon Mason, Running Girl Ruth Alexander, Changing Bodies, Changing Lives Kate Breslin, For Such a Time Nathan Aldyne, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.30 – Special Guest Lana Popović


Podcast the 30th in which Siân talks with author and literary agent Lana Popović. Books and movies we talk about Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus Chocolat People we talk about Taylor Haggerty Rebecca Podos Melissa Miller Claudia Gabel Links The Swanky Seventeens Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Hbook Podcast 1.29 – Special Guest Anastasia Collins


Podcast the 29th in which Roger and Siân chat with social work librarian and Horn Book reviewer Anastasia Collins about cultural (mis?)appropriation and bagels. Books we talk about Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier People we talk about Lionel Shriver Toni Morrison Links Simmons Lionel Shriver’s speech New York Times article Inappropriate Appropriation […]

From the Editor – September 2016


Today marks the debut of our newest blog, Family Reading, which will concern itself with all things books in the home. The blog will feature new and classic articles from The Horn Book Magazine as well as posts from parents and caregivers of all stripes about connecting their children with good books. We are seeking […]

Hbook Podcast 1.28 – Special Guest Jules Danielson


Podcast the 28th in which Roger and Siân chat with Julie Danielson, blogger extraordinaire, about being critics, champions, and reviewers. Books we talk about Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta People we talk about Betsy Bird Peter Sieruta Philip Nel Sergio Ruzzier Kadir Nelson […]

A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


It was one of those rickety paperback book racks that creak when you turn it. It listed to one side, so I made sure to stand on the side it was leaning away from, in order to see the books better. Spin. Creak. Spin. Creak. I’d read most of these books already. But I had […]