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Hbook Podcast 1.21 – There Is a Tribe of Kids


Podcast the 21st in which Roger and Siân talk about Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids, Siân actually considers the idea of a library not carrying the Harry Potter books, and Roger expresses a strong opinion about vampirism. Books we talk about Lane Smith, There Is a Tribe of Kids and It’s a Book Antoinette Portis, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.20 – Self Publishing and the Selfie Sweepstakes


Podcast the twentieth in which Siân and Roger chat about self-published books and reviewing (and conversation may or may not briefly derail into talk about Independence Day and the Bourne movies). Books we talk about Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep Stephenie Meyer, Twilight (y’all heard me ask, […]

From the Editor – July 2016


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 […]

Hbook Podcast 1.19 – Young Adult (ish)


Podcast the nineteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about The Crucible, Richard Peck, and young adult literature. Books we talk about Cynthia Voigt, Orfe Arthur Miller, The Crucible By Richard Peck: Are You in the House Alone, Blossom Culp series, Father Figure, Remembering the Good Times, Dreamland Lake, A Year Down Yonder (Newbery Award winner), […]

2016 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

2016 Mind the Gap Awards

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win. The dog ate your medal The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach Dancing in the dark The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma Lost in space It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee Down with the ship Challenger Deep by Neal […]

Hbook Podcast ALA Extras


Siân talks to all the people Everything listed below in order of when it appears on the podcast Victoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little Brown So You Want to Read YA? Podcast with Sherri Winston Sherri Winston Danielle Yadao Awards! Ilyasah Al Shabazz Kekla Magoon Dina Sherman, School and Library Marketing Director, Disney-Hyperion Books […]

Hbook Podcast 1.18 – ALA and Harry Potter


Podcast the eighteenth in which Roger and Siân talk ALA, Harry Potter, and committees. Book(s) we talk about J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter books (audio by Jim Dale) People we talk about Marcus Sedgwick Vicky Smith Victoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little Brown Martha Parravano Frances Hardinge David Greenough Dan Santat Dina Sherman, […]



We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs and smiles. If you are lucky, the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement. There are colored lights spinning over skin, over carefully chosen outfits, over movements practiced in home mirrors, over moments of joy and sweat […]

Editorial: “Last Stop, First Steps”


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, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.17 – Special Guest Librarian Julie Roach


Hbook podcast the seventeenth with guest librarian (and killer storyteller) Julie Roach. **There are a few spots where the sound drops out a bit (we’re sorry) but the stories Roger and Julie tell are so awesome, they’re worth a little bit of ear straining. Promise.** Julie Roach on what makes a good storytime Books we talk […]