An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed.

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Dear self-published author: I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your book refused possible review coverage by the Horn Book simply because it is self-published. But here is why that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. If we met at a party or something, I, and I think my colleagues at the […]

Get Appy

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Horn Book reviews have hit the mobile market as Book Verdict, available for free at the iTunes Store. I have just started playing with it but it seems pretty neat: including reviews taken from the Horn Book Magazine and Guide, the app recommends about 10,000 children’s and YA titles published in the last ten years. […]

George Nicholson on Gerald McDermott’s Arrow to the Sun

Gerald McDermott and a young fan. Photo courtesy of ALSC.

While doing the research for my article Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies (Sept./Oct. 2013 Horn Book Magazine), I came across several references to author Gerald McDermott’s first children’s book editor at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, George Nicholson, and the role he played in McDermott’s move from films to picture books. A longtime children’s […]

Our Bertha

I’m over at Kidlit Celebrates Women’s History Month today,  talking about Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller. See also my review of a new picture book biography of one of Bertha’s great friends, Miss Moore (Thought Otherwise).

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) […]

Here We Are

Roger Sutton caricature by Ed Bryant

Welcome to the Horn Book’s new digital home; please take a look around. One of the things I like most about the new hbook.com is the ability it gives readers to engage in dialogue with us and each other; just about every post and article ends with a spot for you to tell us what you think. Please do so.

New World Coming

A new website, anyway, launching next Tuesday, September 6th (fingers, legs, eyes, toes, etc. crossed). The address remains the same–www.hbook.com–but the look will be livelier and the navigation easier. This blog will be at hbook.com/blogs/readroger (likewise for /outofthebox) and don’t forget our new blog debuting that day, /callingcaldecott. One thing I’m most looking forward to […]

>Our new publisher

>Please join me in welcoming Ian Singer, our new publisher. Ian had been working as VP of content and business development for Media Source and takes over the job of publisher (of Horn Book, Library Journal and School Library Journal) from Ron Shank, who is on extended leave. Brian Kenney is adding the editorial directorship […]

>Lend a hand–and your eyes–to the Horn Book

>Our designer Lolly Robinson, who is the go-to gal for any questions about graphic design, paper, Horn Book history and all things Beatrix Potter, is looking for an intern. Scanning, formatting, layouts for both print and electronic publications. It’s unpaid but you would learn a ton and could enjoy the glamorous HB lifestyle for a […]

>Many men have tried to mix us up but no one can

>Today we welcome editorial director Brian Kenney (with me above; photo taken by Mitali Perkins at Midwinter), publisher Ron Shank, and the rest of School Library Journal and Library Journal to Media Source, our parent company. Here’s the press release: Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces today that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library […]