Gary D. Schmidt on What Came from the Stars

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From the September/October issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Deirdre F. Baker asks What Came from the Stars author Gary D. Schmidt about the function of elevated language in the novel. Read the full starred review of What Came from the Stars here. Deirdre F. Baker: For the book’s fantasy elements, you hark back […]

Jon Klassen on This Is Not My Hat

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From the September/October issue of The Horn Book Magazine: We ask This Is Not My Hat author/illustrator Jon Klassen about his own taste in haberdashery. Read the full starred review of This Is Not My Hat here. Horn Book editors: What is your favorite style of chapeau and why? Jon Klassen: A good old-fashioned baseball […]

Phillip Hoose on Moonbird

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From the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Joanna Rudge Long asks Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 author Phillip Hoose about the rufa red knot’s current whereabouts. Read the full starred review of Moonbird here. Joanna Rudge Long: Has there been another sighting of B95 since […]

Mini Grey on Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Beach-Time Brenda's next adventure?

From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Christine Hepperman asks Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey author/illustrator Mini Grey about a new favorite character. Read the full review of Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey here. Christine M. Hepperman: Will Beach-Time Brenda reappear in future books, maybe headline a series of […]

Susan Katz on The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub

The President's Stuck in the Bathtub by Susan Katz

From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Jennifer Brabander asks The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub author Susan Katz about writing presidential poetry. Read the full review of The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub here. Jennifer Brabander: Which president was the hardest to write a poem about? Susan Katz: James Monroe. The […]

Bob Graham on A Bus Called Heaven

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From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Cynthia Ritter asks A Bus Called Heaven author/illustrator Bob Graham about the idea behind his new picture book. Read the full review of A Bus Called Heaven here. Cynthia Ritter: Was your inspiration for the book a real bus? Bob Graham: I did see such […]

Elizabeth Wein on Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

From the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Roger asks Code Name Verity author Elizabeth Wein about writing books and flying airplanes. Read the full review of Code Name Verity here. Roger Sutton: You’re a pilot—what has flying taught you about writing? Elizabeth Wein: As a student pilot, the lengthy “outside aircraft checks” […]

Honoring Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

We’re participating in the Celebrate Diana Wynne Jones blog tour to honor this incredible writer whom Roger called “a long and true friend of the Horn Book.” Her hilarious essay “The Other Half,” first published in the September/October 2008 Horn Book Magazine, reveals a surprising problematic element of school visits.

The Other Half

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

by Diana Wynne Jones This is not about my own school. I prefer to forget that. This is about how a large part of the job description when you write for children is the remorseless visiting of schools. When I was young and strong, I was required to do this almost once a week. Half […]

Who would we put on our walls?

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Yesterday afternoon, my friend Kirk and I went to see Marilyn Horne give a masterclass at Harvard. The location was incidental, as the event was actually sponsored by Oberlin, where Horne is Distinguished Professor of Voice, and the four singers had all worked with her there. (Many thanks to Oberlin alum Elissa, who scored us […]