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British (and Aussie and Kiwi!) invasion

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Our fandom knows no borders! Some of our best-loved fantasy authors come to us from across the pond (or, in Garth Nix’s and Margaret Mahy’s cases, across the equator). We’ve highlighted a few essential articles by/about each author, as well some adoring blog posts; click on an author’s name to see all Horn Book content […]

What the [Very Bad Swearword] Is a Children’s Book Anyway?

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I hope none of you is here for answers. Authors are notoriously bad at answers. No, that’s not right. We’re not bad at them. We come up with answers all the time, but our answers tend to be unreliable, personal, anecdotal, and highly imaginative. These things can be drawbacks, as far as answers go, if […]

Gaiman in Chicago

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This isn’t quite like the time Sammy Davis, Jr. landed one on Archie Bunker, but it’s close.  Neil Gaiman’s Sutherland Lecture–“What the @#$%&*! Is a Children’s Book, Anyway?”– was a big sold-out success, and we’ll be bringing it to you this fall in the Horn Book Magazine. Meanwhile, I thought I would share my introduction. […]