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The Editor in Chief's take on things, published in each issue of the Horn Book Magazine.

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 […]

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 […]

From the Editor – April 2017

Don’t miss the annual special issue of The Horn Book Magazine, this year on the theme of humor. Wow, that sounds deadly. But it isn’t, trust me! Along with mostly-serious articles about how and why to be funny in books for young people, we’ve also solicited some of our author and illustrator friends to tell […]

From the Editor – March 2017

I’m completely taken with the “Reading Without Walls” challenge made by our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. Gene is asking something very simple of each of us: to read one book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you OR read one book about subject you don’t […]

Editorial: Tear Down That Wall

My kind of contest: read a book about a character unlike yourself, or read a book about a subject you don’t know much about, or read a book in a format different from what you’re used to. These parameters for the “Reading Without Walls Challenge,” devised by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen […]

From the Editor – February 2017

To commemorate Black History Month, we are highlighting specific articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book, past and present, that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 […]

From the Editor – January 2017

It is ALA awards month, and I hope you can join us at the association’s Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, January 20th through 24th. The Horn Book will be at booth #2117 in the exhibit hall, and executive editor Martha V. Parravano and I will be making the rounds and picking up the gossip. (Unfortunately, MVP […]

Editorial: She’s With Us

Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress Library of Congress 101 Independence Avenue, SE Washington DC 20540 Dear Carla: You know, the last time I wrote to a librarian in DC, she never got back to me. But then Laura Bush and I did not go to library school together, and I certainly never worked […]

Editorial: “We’re with Her”

At the time of this writing, we don’t yet know the outcome of the presidential election. (Anyone with a time-travel device, please let us know things turned out okay.) But it sure has been A Year for women. We’ve been quite busy with our roaring and our woman-card-playing and our Lemonade-making (who runs the world? […]

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 […]