From the Editor – April 2014

We’re in our new home on the grounds of Simmons College, and I must say what a pleasure it is to be surrounded by children’s book–friendly folk and good lunch places. I’m especially happy to strengthen our partnership with Simmons’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. On May 14th, on the Simmons campus, the […]

Harriet and Me

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Where to begin with how important Harriet the Spy has been in my life? I guess I’ll have to start with my childhood. I was in fourth grade, at a school book fair. I’d forgotten to bring money that day, which was a problem because there was one book I was desperate to have. It […]

On Spies and Applesauce and Such

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The arrival of Harriet the Spy with fanfare and announcements of approval for its “realism” makes me wonder again why that word is invariably applied to stories about disagreeable people and situations. Are there really no amiable children? No loyal friends? No parents who are fundamentally loving and understanding? I challenge the implication that New […]

Editorial: As Pretty Does

Back in 1998, the Horn Book Magazine published a special issue devoted to picture books. With articles about picture book history, reviewing and writing picture books, and a baker’s dozen of first-person “Studio Views,” it became a children’s lit classroom staple and is easily the most requested special issue we’ve produced. We ran out of […]

From the Editor – February 2014

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s wise to remember Dick Gregory’s quip: “Wouldn’t you know that when they got around to giving us a month, it would be the month of February, with all them days missing?” While a Month, or a Week, or a Day can serve to focus attention on something too […]

Letter to the Editor, January/February 2014

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November/December 2013 Horn Book It was terrific to see Uri Shulevitz’s new book, Dusk, featured on the November/December 2013 cover. What joyous lights gleam through the winter nights as dusk falls quickly! This magnificent book is a wonderful companion to Shulevitz’s Dawn, which, in a gentle manner, paints the coming of light into this world. […]

From the Editor – January 2014

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The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about completely missing the mark, that […]

Editorial: Books for the Ages

In Rita Williams-Garcia’s P. S. Be Eleven, included on this year’s Fanfare list of the best books of 2013, Delphine, inspired by the example of an admired teacher, decides she is going to read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. But Delphine’s mother Nzila, a complicated woman living semi-estranged from the family in far-away Oakland, cautions her […]

The Horn Book Television Line-Up

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All-of-a-Kind Family Feud Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie, and Baby Charlie: “Bring it on, Ingalls clan!” Big Brother Housemates Darry Curtis, Klaus Baudelaire, the Weasley twins, and Christopher Dollanganger dish about their precocious younger sibs. Mad Men Dressed-to-the-nines ad execs Brother Leon, President Snow, Voldemort, and Gollum backstab, scheme, and imbibe to deaden self-loathing. Meanwhile, […]

Writing for the Very Young: An Emotional Déjà Vu

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by Charlotte Zolotow The more I try to analyze children’s books — or the fusion of feelings and events that goes into writing for children — the more I realize what a mystery children’s thoughts are and what a mystery the whole process of writing for children is. Part of it is the imagery and […]