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Gimlet-eyed and occasionally -addled views on what's wrong and right in the world of books for young people.

Editorial: “Unboxing”

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 […]

Hbook Podcast 1.26 – Stranger Things

Podcast the 26th in which Siân and Roger talk about Stranger Things (and crossover books and other TV shows and The Eighties). People we talk about GraceAnne Decandido Steven Spielberg Zena Sutherland Jules Danielson Books we talk about Stephen King’s Dark Tower series Before the Fall by Noah Hawley The Three Investigators series J. K. […]

From the Editor – August 2016

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 […]

Hbook Podcast 1.25 – Special Guest Debbie Reese

Podcast the 25th in which Roger chats with Debbie Reese about her childhood, what brought her to books, and two decades of friendship. Debbie’s website Books we talk about Little Owl Indian by Hetty Burlingame Beatty Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker and Arnold Lobel Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey Links The All […]

Hbook Podcast 1.24 – Special Guest Editor Karen Boss

Podcast the 24th in which Siân chats with Charlesbridge Publishing editor Karen Boss about acquisitions, books, and (not a little bit of) travel. Books we talk about Kate Messner’s The Seventh Wish Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s BFG Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls Roger Priddy’s First 100 Words Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s Goodnight Moon Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown […]

From the Editor – August 2016

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 […]

Hbook Podcast 1.23 – YA Science Fiction (Kinda…)

Podcast the 23rd in which Roger and Siân revisit Farah Mendlesohn’s 2009 article, The Campaign for Shiny Futures, and ramble about young adult sci-fi. Note from Siân: there are a few crackles on this recording (I still have no idea why that happens) and I did not delete/fix them because…well…I went away for the weekend y’all. […]

Hbook Podcast 1.22 – “Stupid”

Podcast the 22nd in which Siân and Roger talk about Jason Bourne, Bruce Willis, and “stupid.” Stupid: lacking intelligence or common sense Books we talk about Harry G. Allard and James Marshall, Stupids series Dorothy Kunhardt, Pat the Bunny Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are Audrey Wood and Don Wood, The Little Mouse, The […]

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, […]