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Sitting in Bertha’s Chair

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IF ONLY!! Okay, this book we announced on April 1st is not a real memoir. And not all of the “facts” we revealed are true (see: factoid, “a piece of unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual…” from American Heritage Dictionary). But some of them are! See below for details. […]

Happy 20th anniversary, Roger!


UPDATE: APRIL FOOL!!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE. Sitting in Bertha Mahony Miller’s chair for the past two decades hasn’t always been comfortable, but I wasn’t hired to make people comfortable. For me, it’s a physical reminder of my mission in the field of children’s books. —from Sitting in Bertha’s Chair by Roger Sutton, editor in […]


All the Light We Cannot See

Introducing a new Horn Book partner:   For every kids’ or YA book sticking out of a briefcase, there’s someone insisting that adults should only read adult books. But how can the grownups of the world access the often innovative stories aimed at the younger set without lowering themselves? Enter ImPress, a new small publisher […]

April Fools’!


Gotcha! Here are our April Fools’ Day pranks from years past. 2011: April Horn Book Magazine starred reviews 2012: Hexwood Books’s “Vamped-Up Newbery” line 2013: April Magazine preview: supernatural bromance, “WMAG Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Book?”, recommended zombie nonfiction, and more (cover at left) 2014: Our new home — wish you were here! 2015: ImPress

Horn Book reviews of ImPress’s inspirations


New small publisher ImPress adapts children’s books for grown-ups (without any of that embarrassing kid stuff). Here’s how The Horn Book Magazine reviewed the original titles. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Little, Brown     48 pp. 9/13     978-0-316-20063-9     $18.00 Mr. Tiger walks upright and wears a […]

Our new home


The stress of moving our office location to the Simmons campus is finally over and now we can relax in our new digs. Wish you were here!

April Magazine preview


Get a sneak peek at the April 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Well, this bites

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Here at the Horn Book we’ve gotten used to publishers sending us off-the-wall books. But this week even we were taken aback when we lifted the flap of a box and found this volume sitting on top of the stack: As Bertha Mahony Miller might have said:  WTF? Was this a sequel to our newly-crowned […]

No foolin’, thank you

Thanks to everyone who conspired in our little April Fool’s prank, especially Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes who created the images (and some of the funniest titles), Elizabeth Law of Egmont (whose author Allen Zadoff came up with Enwraptured) and Kitty Flynn and Katie Bircher of here for pulling it all together. I am […]

April Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Teachers Arent Final

Higher! Higher! by Charlie SheenAt the playground, young swinger Charlie gets so high that he breaks through Earth’s atmosphere and high-fives a fellow rock star from Mars. Mommy Loves You More than Your Grades (I Promise) by Amy “Tiger Mom” ChuaA tiger cub is herded through a jam-packed day of school, homework, violin lessons, tutoring, […]