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Jeez, we didn’t get into any trouble at all the last time we criticized a First Lady, but clearly times have changed. I wanted to state that I am very proud that the Horn Book published Liz Phipps Soeiro’s  open letter to Melania Trump. It was polite, constructive, informative, and well-reasoned. Not so for all […]

Tiny but tough

Happy birthday, Barbara Bader. NINETY, wow. In your honor we have rounded up some of your greatest hits. Like other old people, I frequently find myself wanting to tell the young to know your history, and the Horn Book is proud to have for so long published one of children’s librarianship and children’s literature’s ablest and […]

Zena’s Night

After the Sutherland Lecture committee meeting on Friday afternoon, committee member and CPL Director of Children’s and YA services Liz McChesney gave us a tour of the soon-to-open new Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. I remember the old-old one in the Cultural Center as wonderfully shadowy, but this new one is bright and big and bold […]

Quitcher bitchin

Last week, I had a complaint from a librarian about a Magazine review in which we called a character “fucking adorable.” Although I’m enjoying the thought of editing a magazine in which such sentiments might be expressed, we of course had called a character no such thing–it was a quote from the book under review, […]

Hbook Podcast 2.5 – The Headmaster and Literary Fast Food

Siân and Roger chat about one headmaster’s desire to keep “literary fast food” out of classroom libraries. And skipping pages. They also talk a lot about skipping pages. Books we talk about CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer “The Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey […]

Movers & Shakers

There are some familiar faces on Library Journal‘s annual “Movers & Shakers” list, including elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro. Read about how Liz shakes up her school’s library in her Horn Book articles “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” and “Squeaky Little Wheels.” And spend some time perusing the Library Journal […]

Hbook Podcast 2.2 – Fries, Elections, and Librarians

In episode two of the new season, Siân and Roger discuss politics, “rock star” librarians, and wanting fries with that. People we talk about K-Fai Steele Adam Rex (thread) Dan Santat Links Diana Gabaldon (“Recent statistics from the New York Federal Reserve detailing employment outcomes by college major shows that English students have a 7.5 percent […]

That’s a lot of men!

Actually, it’s not so much that there are a @ALotofMen in the latest newspaper misrepresentation of the children’s book biz; the problem is that there are so few. I am not suggesting the article needed More Men, simply that it seems to lack any understanding of how librarians purchase books for library collections. Sure, the road […]

Hbook Podcast 1.37 – Publishing and the Patriarchy

Podcast the 37th in which Roger and Siân talk about the recent election and women in publishing. Links Roger’s morning after Lee and Low Diversity baseline survey Publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds Are Book Publishers To Blame For Gender Discrimination? Why Men Don’t Read: How Publishing is Alienating Half the […]

Hbook Podcast 1.35 – Special Guest Laura Koenig

Podcast the 35th in which Siân travels to BPL Copley to chat with children’s librarian (and generally awesome human being) Laura Koenig. Laura Koenig BPL interview Simmons interview   Boston Public Library BPL Children’s BPL Teens BPL Calendar BPL Twitter and Instagram Virtual Tour Boston Public Library to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death with […]