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Foreign Correspondence: Translator: Trafficking Between Cultures

El Gran Gigante Bonachon

Translation has often been compared to the building of a bridge. The text originates from within one culture and has to arrive safely in another. A translator acts as travel guide across that bridge, helping the book to find its audience and success in a new land. Yes, some luggage may get lost along the […]

What Makes a Good Storytime?

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Storytellers and story lovers know that that the essence of collaboration lies in the “Stone Soup” tale — everyone gives a little something (carrots, a potato, some salt and pepper) to achieve a common goal (a more satisfying soup for everyone). When the whole community contributes ingredients, it becomes a real meal. To expand their […]

Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School

The library after school is a place for families. Photo: Liz Phipps Soeiro.

I am the librarian in an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a city of socioeconomic extremes, but dedicated to the mission of equity in public education; every classroom in each of the twelve public elementary schools maintains a 60/40 ratio between paid and free lunch students. In addition to being the home of Harvard […]

Was Jo March a Ravenclaw? Authors, Fans, and Who Makes the Rules

Little Women illustration by Barbara Cooney (1955). Scarf composite by Charlotte Reber and Lolly Robinson.

What are Harry Potter’s kids up to? Should Jo have married Professor Bhaer? Could Bella Swan have depended less on Edward? For many readers, part of being a fan is the desire to know more than what’s spelled out on the page. And when answers aren’t readily available, some readers are happy to create them […]

Editorial: &

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Last fall Horn Book editor Roger Sutton interviewed wife-and-husband picture-book creators Erin E. Stead & Philip C. Stead for our Publishers’ Previews advertising section. Here’s one part of their exchange: Roger: I’ve always maintained that there’s a significant difference between “and” and “&.” Erin & Philip: Now that you mention it, there is something about […]

Horn Book Magazine – May/June 2016

May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Special Issue: Collaborations Features “Lucky Lady” by Lydie Raschka Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka collaborate on her last book. “Learning to Advise Writers” by Rita Williams-Garcia On mentoring MFA students. “Pictures in My Head” by Ann Rider How an editor pairs an author with “just the right illustrator.” “Was Jo March […]

Let’s collaborate in May!

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The Horn Book Magazine‘s May/June Special Issue is on the theme “Collaborations.” You can read the table of contents here, and please read executive editor Martha V. Parravano’s editorial “&” here. Heck, you might want to read it every day — it’s that smart and insightful. “So look for ampersands everywhere you can…” Throughout the […]

Teamwork: Pictures in My Head

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In the deep woolen dark, as we slumber unknowing, let the sky fill with flurry and flight. Let the air turn to feathers, the earth turn to sugar, and all that is heavy turn light… As an editor, when authors give me such powerful, precise words, I almost immediately begin to imagine them with pictures. […]

Nerdy for Life

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The Nerdy Book Club existed as a concept long before there was a hashtag or a blog. People who consider themselves devoted, passionate readers have been card-carrying members, albeit metaphorically, for their whole, book-loving lives. As Donalyn wrote in her first Nerdy blog post, titled “Lifelong Member of the Nerdy Book Club”: “Welcome to the […]

Collaboration in action, Horn Book Magazine May/June 2016 special issue

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Here we are demonstrating the theme of The Horn Book Magazine‘s upcoming May/June 2016 special issue: Collaborations. It’s a good one! Featuring articles by: Rita Williams-Garcia, the Nerdy Book Club, Lydie Raschka, JonArno Lawson & Sydney Smith, the Holm siblings, the Tamaki cousins, Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, Candace Fleming & Anne Schwartz, Philip Pullman […]