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Editorials

The Editor in Chief's take on things, published in each issue of the Horn Book Magazine.

From the Editor — November 2017

It’s Calling Caldecott season, so make sure you head on over to the sometimes feisty debates. Martha and Lolly and Jules and their crew of contributors are doing a wonderful job of turning the contenders upside-down and inside-out to get at just what we mean when we say “the most distinguished picture book for children.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

From the Editor – June 2017

Kwame Alexander was kind enough to join me in announcing the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards in New York on May 31st. And I hope you will join us for the BGHB Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on October 6th and 7th in Boston. Our theme this year is “Resistance: Children’s Books […]

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations

“Summer readin’ / had me a blast…” By now you should know that The Horn Book’s philosophy regarding summer reading is just do it, but the it is wide open to interpretation. Summer reading should not be a way to trick kids into doing school. Sure, reading can be learning (and oftentimes it is, even […]

Editorial: The Little Old Lady from Boston Meets Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang

What can I say? When we were planning our annual special issue and decided on the topic of humor, it was last summer, and everyone was feeling very optimistic. Now I suppose we can only hope, as the old saying goes (and as Lisa Yee reminds us), that comedy is tragedy plus time, as I […]