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Reviewing race

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We have a new podcast out today (with Horn Book reviewer Hannah Gómez as guest), mostly talking about Kirkus’ children’s editor Vicky Smith’s new policy of labelling, where possible, the race of all mentioned characters in reviews of children’s/YA fiction. When we recorded the podcast I hadn’t yet seen Kirkus operating under its new rule, but […]

Hbook Podcast 1.6 – Reviewing

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  Podcast the sixth, in which Siân and Roger discuss Roger’s vacation, the copying game, routines, and reviewing.   Books we talk about Mina Javaherbin and Eugene Yelchin, Elephant in the Dark Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are Kelley Puckett and Jon J. Muth, Batman’s Dark Secret Andrea Pippins, I Love My Hair John […]

HBook Podcast 1.1 – Social Medias

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Podcast the First in which Roger and Siân talk about the Twitters, the recalling of A Birthday Cake for George Washington, and Roger’s gourmet Chex mix. Links: Scholastic’s recall announcement Andrea Davis Pinkney’s statement Ramin Ganeshram’s statement Vicky Smith’s opinion piece Opinion piece links: Roger Sutton Links from Debbie Reese Page by page breakdown from […]

Not. So. Fast.

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Those of you who follow @rogerreads might have seen my occasional cranky #authoraskyourself (#editoraskyourself, #revieweraskyourself…) tweets in which I turn whatever crime against language and/or literature that has crossed my desk that day into a blind item for an anonymous public spanking. I keep them anonymous because a) I’m not that mean, b) they’re often examples of […]

Are we doing it white?

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Martha and I are teaching a class–that is, we are trying to teach a class, which has thus far been cancelled twice due to snow–on reviewing, and we’ve just assigned the students Malinda Lo’s provocative series of essays about reviewing and diversity. You all should take a look, too. It’s reminding me of a too-brief […]

Reviewing race

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Over on Facebook, illustrator Shadra Strickland asks a good question: “Why is it necessary for a reviewer to identify the ethnicity of a character in their review when the plot has zero to do with race…especially in picture books? A friend just told me that in her latest pb, her family was identified as Caucasian. […]

Default in our stars

50 Books Every Child Should Read

This week’s Entertainment Weekly has a list of “50 Books Every Kid Should Read” (view PDF here). Given that it strives to contain both classics (Where the Wild Things Are) as well as modern favorites (The Fault in Our Stars); and pop hits (The Hunger Games) along with critics’ darlings (Roll of Thunder, Hear My […]

Getting to know you

Salley Mavor visited the Horn Book office and joined us for lunch in 2011 when she delivered the art for her January 2012 cover.

One of the perks of my job here at the Horn Book — and I suspect for any of you working in publishing — is meeting and sometimes really getting to know some of my favorite illustrators and authors. Often, committee members attend dinners and other events featuring some of what may be their favorite authors […]

The buck stops over there

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After seeing some alarming comments on Read Roger and Facebook I feel the need to point out something I thought everybody knew: the Horn Book, like our sisters at SLJ, Booklist,  BCCB and PW, does not charge authors or publishers for book reviews. Publishers Weekly and Kirkus does offer fee-based reviewing services but these are […]

A challenge to self-publishers

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Thank you all for your comments, here and on Twitter and Facebook, about the question of reviewing books from self-published authors. I am learning a lot. Hey Zetta Eliott–how about another article from you for our pages on this subject? A number of commenters have suggested that the Horn Book begin a column highlighting the […]