Cleveland and Pittsburgh Create a Profession

William Howard Brett

The sight of a ‘children’s room’ in a public library just after school hours is enchanting…they pour into its doors, the crowd of children, well-dressed, poorly clad, boys, girls, big, small, all with an assured air of welcome, comfortably, easily, happily at home among bookshelves as they are in no other spot. Thirty years ago […]

On the Rights of Reading and Girls and Boys


Discussions about gender issues in children’s literature are perennial (even in the pages of this magazine; see the special issue on gender in September/October 2007; articles on boy and girl reading in the September/October 2010 issue; and, most recently, Carey E. Hagan’s “One Tough Cookie” in the September/October 2011 issue). My personal experiences differ from […]

Preview May/June 2012 Horn Book Magazine

May/June 2012 Horn Book Magazine cover

Roger Sutton’s “What Hath Harry Wrought?” examines children’s publishing, post-Harry Potter. Uma Krishnaswami calls for more humor in multicultural children’s literature. Barbara Bader on the birth of children’s librarianship in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Jane Yolen’s original poems capture the essence of classic children’s book authors. Rebecca Donnelly muses on what lights up children’s literature. Sight […]

May/June 2012 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

May/June 2012 Horn Book Magazine cover

The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Animal Masquerade; by Marianne Dubuc; trans. from the French by Yvette Ghione (Kids Can) Demolition; by Sally Sutton; illus. by Brian Lovelock (Candlewick) The Drowned Cities; by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown) Dying to Know You; by Aidan Chambers (Amulet/Abrams) […]