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From the Editor – October 2017

We are just done with this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Resistance.” With record attendance for both events, I can’t remember a more engaged and enthusiastic audience, and our speakers and discussion leaders were variously inspiring and provocative, and always informative. Congratulations to our awardees, and thank you to […]

From the Editor – September 2017

We’re looking forward to the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on October 6th and the following day’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Resistance,” in which all ten of our awarded authors and illustrators will be participating. It will be a special pleasure for me to moderate a conversation between my old friend Richard Peck (The […]

Letter to the Editor from Karen Coy, August 2017

May/June and July/August 2017 Horn Book I was dismayed by the May/June edition of The Horn Book.  I am not a Republican and find it shocking and depressing that a vulgar man like Trump could win the nomination of a major political party, let alone be elected as president of the United States. I would […]

Letter to the Editor from Leslie J. Kitchin, August 2017

To the Editor, I was so pleased to see my letter published in the September/October issue. However, I would like to make a correction: I am from Fairbanks, Alaska — not Arkansas! I would also like to add that events that occurred since I wrote that letter have only reinforced that Mr. Trump does not […]

Letters to the Editor, September/October 2017

July/August 2017 Horn Book As a longtime Horn Book subscriber, a former children’s librarian, and an advocate for social justice education, the letters to the editor in the July/August 2017 issue simultaneously encouraged and discouraged me. I was encouraged because expressing differences of opinion is a healthy and necessary element of a working democracy. I […]

Editorial: The Incomparable Robin Smith

Robin Smith (1959–2017) was, famously, a talker. When I first met Robin some twenty years ago, we were sitting in a Children’s Literature New England lecture hall waiting for the day to begin. It was immediately apparent that she was something out of the ordinary: not only was she talking a mile a minute in […]

From the Editor — August 2017

A reminder that registration is now open for the 2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times, which takes place in Boston on October 7, the day after the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Your ticket to the Colloquium gets you in to the awards ceremony, and it’ll be a good one […]

Letters to the Editor, July/August 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

May/June 2017 Horn Book I’m writing to comment on an article in your May/June 2017 issue titled “Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump.” My comment regarding this article is in regard to Philip Nel’s language and opinions presented as if facts about President Trump. It would be one thing […]

From the Editor — July 2017

In case you need some mid-point inspiration for your summer reading, sign up for the August 9th SLJTeen Live! virtual conference devoted to YA literature. Speakers include Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Reshma Saujani, and Barry Lyga; panel discussants include such Horn Book favorites as Tanya Lee Stone, Ibi Zoboi, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas. It’s free […]

Editorial: Aiming High

The other day I was visiting Liz Phipps Soeiro’s elementary school library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when a young, preternaturally polite girl came in looking for a book recommendation: “I would like something that moves my emotions.” Liz asked her to ask me; I asked the girl to name the book she had last enjoyed; she […]