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Dream, dream, dream

The cover of the Fall 2015 Horn Book Guide is a beautiful Rafael López illustration from Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle (which, by the way, just won the Charlotte Zolotow Award). In this story, saturated acrylic-on-wood illustrations capture the island’s musicality and the surreal dream-images that inspire young Millo — a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who […]

2013 Horn Book Magazine index available

For your convenience, the 2013 annual Horn Book Magazine index is now available as a PDF. Previous years’ indices for both The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide may be found in our annual index archive. Enjoy exploring!

What’s in the box?

Reviews of 2159 children’s hardcover titles published between July and December 2011, that’s what. The spring 2012 issue of The Horn Book Guide is out and ready for you. Subscribe online or email: hbmcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com call: 877 523 6072  (outside the U.S. 515-242-0297) fax: 712 733 1277 You can also find these reviews, plus over 85,000 more […]

Only the best for The New Yorker…

…and for The Horn Book Guide! Maira Kalman, whose art from Why We Broke Up graces our new Spring Guide, also just illustrated her thirteenth New Yorker cover.      Check out these Fuse #8 and Seven Impossible Things posts for Betsy Bird’s and Jules Danielson’s intriguing explorations of the connections between children’s illustrators and The New […]

Horn Book Guide history

The children’s book business, only in its infancy when the Horn Book Magazine debuted in the 1920s, came of age in the 1980s as baby boomers stocked their children’s bookshelves and a new breed of teachers replaced their one-size-fits-all textbooks with classrooms libraries. Publishers responded to the growing market by producing more titles, a lot […]

Editorials from The Horn Book Guide

The first few issues of the Guide featured editorials by founding editor, Ann A. Flowers, who commented on the state of the field from her unique vantage point of having seen an entire publishing season’s worth of books. Here are three samples from 1990 and 1991. A New and Original Venture by Ann A. Flowers […]