Being American Can Be Fun

Everybody gets a vote in the Horn Book elections! The Repubs are nominating this week and the Dems the next. Don’t miss our election coverage as it develops.

KidLit Election 2012

Horn Book KidLit Elections 2012

As November draws near, The Horn Book debates a very serious question: what children’s literature character should be president? This week, four Republican candidates will present their presidential platforms for your consideration. Advocate for your candidate of choice or nominate another — civil discourse only, please! — in the comments; you’ll also be able to […]

Rebecca Stead’s good taste


Rebecca Stead’s latest book, Liar & Spy, features an entertaining (and educational!) subplot about the sense of taste. Main character Georges’ science class participates in a taste-test experiment that Rebecca, while reminiscing with me for a Talks With Roger interview, remembers from her own school days: Roger: Is that a real thing, that taste test? […]

Judge Judy


You are about to enter the courtroom of Judge Judy. The cases are real. The creatures are folkloric. The rulings are final. . CASE #10705: EVIL STEPSISTERS v. CINDERELLA Judge Judy: You two stepsisters are suing Cinderella and her prince because your feet were irrevocably damaged after trying on some shoes, correct? Evil Stepsister #1: […]

Je t’aime, Monsieur Roger!

I Love Paris

While perusing the introduction to Paris: The Collected Traveler, An Inspired Companion Guide, edited by Barrie Kerper (Vintage Books, 2011 edition), Horn Book readers may be gratified (also surprised? we were!) to find the following passage. (Katie, our resident Nancy Drew, tracked its source to the April 2010 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.) […]

Review editing punchiness

cordially uninvited

We are down to the wire at the Horn Book Guide, madly trying to finish editing reviews for the fall 2012 issue (due out in October) for an early August deadline. In other words, we are punchy. When we noticed the name of the eleven-year-old main character of Cordially Uninvited, Jennifer Roy’s ripped-from-People-magazine-headlines novel about […]

Medalist matching game round-up

Illustration by Devon Johnson

For our July/August 2012 special awards issue, The Horn Book Magazine asked Newbery and Caldecott Medalists to write about their favorite winning books. On Out of the Box we challenged readers to match each author or illustrator to his or her choice. We’ve collected all the entries here in case you missed any. For each […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring David Wiesner

Photo by Peggy Morsch

David Wiesner has won the Caldecott Medal three times: in 1992 for Tuesday, in 2002 for The Three Pigs, and in 2007 for Flotsam. Which of these books is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner? a) A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (2012) b) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2008) c) Black […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Laura Amy Schlitz

Laura Amy Schlitz

In 2008 Laura Amy Schlitz won the Newbery Medal for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, which introduces readers to residents of a 1255 English village through twenty-two poetic portraits. Which of these other Newbery-winning books is her favorite? a) The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (1923) b) Strawberry Girl […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley won the 1985 Newbery for her high fantasy The Hero and the Crown, in which Aerin, the outcast daughter of the king, battles the great dragon Maur. Can you guess which of these Newbery-winning books is the author’s favorite? a) Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (2003) b) Number the Stars by […]