From the Editor – November 2013

Roger Sutton

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the above, I’d recommend Little Santa […]

Editorial: It’s Your Party

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I’m not much one for a party; my husband has a big birthday coming up and I’ve gratefully left all the planning to the children. But three parties I attended recently made me glad I was there, and they made me like my job even more than I already thought I did. Children’s Books Boston […]

From the Editor – October 2013

Roger Sutton

I’d probably get in trouble with the ALA for this today, but back when I was a children’s librarian in the last century we limited Halloween-book checkouts to three per customer. There simply were never enough to go around, and I’m talking in November. Or December. Or Januar—you see where this is going. So please […]

NF Notes: The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winners

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Every fall, we give out the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for excellence in children’s literature. To honor the tradition, this issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book includes reviews of all three 2013 nonfiction award recipients — winner Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd and honor books […]

From the Editor – September 2013

Roger Sutton

Come October 4th and 5th, I hope you will join us at the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The theme of this year’s HBAS is “Building Character,” and I invite you to join with the BGHB winners, Simmons faculty, and Horn Book staff in a day-long exploration of […]

Editorial: Books Built from the Ground Up

Roger Sutton

I thought I was just doing a solid for a colleague when, over on Read Roger, I  posted a link to a provocative post on Lee & Low’s blog that asked, “Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased in Eighteen Years?” Lee & Low, whose publisher Jason Low was interviewed in these pages in […]

2012-2013 yearbook superlatives

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Summer is ending and the new school year is looming. What better way to avoid thinking about school starting than by reflecting on the year that was? Here are our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2012-2013. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Most artistic: Ivan the gorilla (from The One […]

Disturbing (or Not?) Young Adult Fiction

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I experienced Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games on the cusp of it becoming a must-read, a trilogy-starter, and then a film franchise. I had hurried into the bookstore, reading list in hand, and interrupted the young woman shelving books. When I asked  where to find the titles on my list, I mentioned that I taught […]

From the Editor — August 2013

Roger Sutton

I’m grateful to Mitali Perkins for bringing some humor to the multicultural canon; it’s in shorter supply than it should be, a situation caused at least in part by the utter seriousness with which adults — that’s us — talk about appropriate depictions of ethnicity in books for children and teens. The fact that we […]

Young dreamers

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I had wanted to write something funny. I thought I had something to add to recent discussions about the diversity and lack thereof in children’s literature — a unique perspective, perhaps. I was raised in the midst of these conversations about cultural diversity in children’s media. My father, Walter Dean Myers, has been on the […]