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2016 in Review: The Year in Words

For fans of children’s literature, social media has enabled a community of kindred spirits to collectively speculate about what might win the year’s biggest awards at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards — which determine the cream of the crop, the most excellent books, the most distinguished contributions to literature. The excitement that starts […]

Horn Book Magazine articles in the Virtual History Exhibit

Here is a selection of articles from our archives 1990s Barbara Bader examines six milestones in the Horn Book’s first seventy-five years: Treasure Island by the Roadside (January/February 1999) Selling children’s books off the back of a truck. Peter Says Please (March/April 1999) Beatrix Potter befriends the Horn Book. Politi for Christmas (May/June 1999) An […]

Summer Reading 2008

Recommended by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano in the Horn Book podcast. Fiction Basketball Bats and Goof-Off Goalie written by Betty Hicks, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Roaring Brook) Grade level: 1–3 Airman by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion) Grade level: 4–8 The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Fickling) Grade level: 4–8 Go Big or Go Home […]

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Roger Sutton interviews Philip Pullman | December 2007

Roger Sutton: I have to confess I have never met a writer who felt truly happy with any film adaptation of their work. How about it? Philip Pullman: Well, yes. To be truly happy with it you have to be the director as well as the scriptwriter and the star and the composer and the producer and […]

2007 holiday gift books

This list accompanies the podcast by Terri Schmitz, owner of The Children’s Bookshop, Brookline, MA Picture Books Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World written and illustrated by John Burningham (Knopf). Grade level: K–3. On Angel Wings written by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Candlewick). Grade level: 2–6. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to […]

The other g-word

I’m just writing up a notice for Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art (Philomel), which isn’t really for kids but is an extremely handsome exhibition-in-pages of some great illustrators, including for each a gorgeously reproduced self-portrait as well as photos of their workspaces and preliminary studies and sketches. With […]

Horn Book Podcast

In 2007 and 2008 the Horn Book had a (more-or-less) monthly podcast. We are happy to make these episodes available once again here. Our podcasts featured conversations with writers, illustrators, and editors, chats about current trends, and insider takes on reviewing and publishing.   Beach Bag Books Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano talk with Kitty […]

Beatrix and Bertha

Beatrix Potter’s resistance to critics and fans writing about her books is well documented. In 1939 Margaret Lane, who would later become Potter’s first biographer, received a classic brush-off: So I wrote to Beatrix Potter, as politely and respectfully as I knew how, telling her of my lifelong pleasure in her work, and my admiration, […]

Letters to the Editor from September/October 2001

These Letters to the Editor are in response to Marc Aronson’s article in the May/June 2001 Horn Book Magazine, “Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes.” In the September/October 2001 Magazine, Andrea Davis Pinkney responded with her article, “Awards that Stand on Solid Ground.” Marc Aronson says he wants to debate the merits of what he calls […]