Horn Book Magazine

Harriet and Me

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Where to begin with how important Harriet the Spy has been in my life? I guess I’ll have to start with my childhood. I was in fourth grade, at a school book fair. I’d forgotten to bring money that day, which was a problem because there was one book I was desperate to have. It […]

Melissa Sweet on Firefly July

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In the March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine, Mag assistant editor Cynthia Ritter asked Melissa Sweet about her creative process when illustrating Firefly July. Read the starred review here. Cynthia K. Ritter: Your visual interpretations of the seasonal poems in this collection are a mix of literal and symbolic. What was your artistic process like when […]

Moving moments No. 2

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Cindy found this one, The Light at Tern Rock by Julia Sauer, a Newbery Honor Book in 1952–and originally published in the Horn Book Magazine in 1949. This would seem to break the award’s rule about “original work,” that the “text is presented here for the first time and has not been previously published elsewhere […]

Byron Barton on My Bus

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In the March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer K. T. Horning asked author/illustrator Byron Barton about My Bus, his latest transportation celebration. Read the starred review here. K. T. Horning: Joe from My Bus and Sam from My Car (Greenwillow, 2001) seem to lead parallel lives. And yet Joe’s passengers are animals and Sam’s are […]

Art and artists

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Our special issue about illustration is out (and handsome and helpful, we hope). That’s Grace Lin’s desk on the cover; inside, a baker’s dozen of illustrators write about their favorite mediums, from pencil to pixels to paint to thread (Salley Mavor). We have also gone into the wayback machine to bring you in digital form […]

The Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2014

March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features Leonard S. Marcus 14 An Interview with Neal Porter A renowned publisher shares his insight into the current state of picture books. Jon Scieszka and Molly Leach 28 Design Matters The classic Horn Book article — now in color. Julie Danielson 44 Just Enjoy the Pictures: Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art […]

Editorial: As Pretty Does

Back in 1998, the Horn Book Magazine published a special issue devoted to picture books. With articles about picture book history, reviewing and writing picture books, and a baker’s dozen of first-person “Studio Views,” it became a children’s lit classroom staple and is easily the most requested special issue we’ve produced. We ran out of […]

Studio Views: Pen, Ink, Watercolor, Repeat

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I began my illustration career with black and white work. I was much more of a drawer than a painter, much more comfortable with line than with color. One of the things that attracted me to the combination of pen-and-ink and watercolor back then was that watercolor’s transparency allowed me to create color pieces while […]

2013 Horn Book Magazine index available

March/April 2013 Horn Book Magazine cover

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!

Horn Book Magazine March/April starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine (and don’t forget it’s a special one): My Bus; written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow) Caminar; by Skila Brown (Candlewick) The Children of the King; by Sonya Hartnett (Candlewick) The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine]; by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic) Firefly July: A Year of Very […]