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

From the Editor – September 2016

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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 […]

Editorial: “Unboxing”

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As we asked while putting together the book review section in this issue — as we seem to ask while putting together the book review section of every issue — what should we do when a book has a “(Mostly) True Story” in its subtitle? Where do we put it? Sometimes it’s implied, but this […]

From the Editor – August 2016

What Makes a Good...?

Perhaps it was only ever a fantasy of mine that every child in America started the school year on the same day I always did (the Tuesday after Labor Day) but now, all over the map, it’s all over the map. And for those unfortunates who attend “year-round school” — do they still get a […]

From the Editor – August 2016

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I invite you to join The Horn Book and Simmons College for the seventh annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College in Boston on October 1st. Our theme this year is “Out of the Box,” as we join with the recipients of the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards to look […]

From the Editor – July 2016

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If you missed ALA in Orlando — or if you just miss ALA in Orlando — the Horn Book is here to help. We have published the acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder winners, and Siân and I discuss the conference on our post-ALA podcast. Please also […]

Editorial: “Last Stop, First Steps”

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When I arrived at the Horn Book in the spring of 1996, it was in the midst of a dustup caused by that January’s editorial, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery,” written by then–senior editors Lauren Adams and Martha V. Parravano. They decried the Newbery-winning predominance of middle-grade fiction by white people about white people, […]

From the Editor – June 2016

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We’ve just announced the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — and via video no less! — the fiftieth time we’ve done so (which is a lot if not quite enough to constitute a fiftieth anniversary; ask a math teacher). The awards will be conferred in a ceremony on September 30th in Boston at Simmons College […]

From the Editor – May 2016

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On June 2nd, the Boston Globe and the Horn Book will be announcing the winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for the fiftieth time. Arguments have been raging in the office on the difference between the 50th occurrence of something and the 50th anniversary, which is actually the 51st time — oh, never mind, […]

Editorial: &

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Last fall Horn Book editor Roger Sutton interviewed wife-and-husband picture-book creators Erin E. Stead & Philip C. Stead for our Publishers’ Previews advertising section. Here’s one part of their exchange: Roger: I’ve always maintained that there’s a significant difference between “and” and “&.” Erin & Philip: Now that you mention it, there is something about […]

From the Editor – April 2016

What Makes a Good...?

I can’t think of a genre that scares more book reviewers than poetry (maybe sports books). Perhaps they are afraid that some eagle-eyed reader is going to find out the reviewer doesn’t know the difference between a spondee and a dactyl, but, really, this is making the task more difficult than it needs to be. […]