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Books in the Home: Reading Up

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Like many writers, I had a reading childhood, but I’ve only recently understood how countercultural my mother was about my reading. My brother and sister and I are close in age, so when I was a child there were no big-kid books and little-kid books; no girl books and boy books. All the books belonged […]

Review of Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad

Unspoken by Henry Cole

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole; illus. by the author Primary    Scholastic    40 pp. 11/12    978-0-545-39997-5    $16.99 This wordless picture book opens with a calm scene: a quilt hangs over a rural split-rail fence. A young girl enters the scene on the next double-page spread, leading a cow and watching a […]

Remembering Margaret Mahy: March 21, 1936-July 23, 2012

Margaret Mahy

There was never anyone quite like her. Other amazing children’s writers have won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, but none had her extra‑ordinary range: verse; picture-book texts; books for every conceivable age group; scripts for radio, television, film; serials for newspapers and magazines. “I have been such a tradesman all my professional writing life,” she […]

Board Book Roundup


Editors’ note: this inaugural column will be followed by twice-yearly roundups to be published on the Horn Book website, — and don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer, “What Makes a Good Board Book?” online and in the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. My fascination with board books began in 1987 with a quartet of them […]

Preview November/December 2012 Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2012

In his 2012 Zena Sutherland Lecture Neil Gaiman poses the question: “What the [Very Bad Swearword] Is a Children’s Book Anyway?” Susan Cooper remembers Margaret Mahy. Board book roundup: aficionado Viki Ash recommends some recent titles. Foreign Correspondence: Horn Book designer and production manager Lolly Robinson tours some of London’s illustration archive sites. Books in […]