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Archives for January 1999

The Bookshop’s Book Caravan

In the summers of 1920 and 1921, Bertha Mahony had a truck outfitted to sell books and trained two booksellers from her Bookshop for Boys and Girls to drive and maintain it. Though the Book Caravan was a commercial flop, it got plenty of attention in its day, including featured stories by all the movie […]

Treasure Island by the Roadside

On a July morning in 1920, a strange, hybrid vehicle headed north out of Boston for a summer’s tour of New England towns and villages, for all the world like a traveling circus or a band of puppeteers. Aboard were a pair of young women with a working knowledge, between them, of auto mechanics, shopkeeping, […]

Old guest book entries

Here are just a few of the guest book entries from the first version of the exhibit spanning 1999 to 2005. We’d love to hear from you on our current guest book. 7/14/99 Gayle Baar This is a wonderful addition to your website. I am planning to come back to see the new things you […]

Horn Book Guide history

The children’s book business, only in its infancy when the Horn Book Magazine debuted in the 1920s, came of age in the 1980s as baby boomers stocked their children’s bookshelves and a new breed of teachers replaced their one-size-fits-all textbooks with classrooms libraries. Publishers responded to the growing market by producing more titles, a lot […]

Editorials from The Horn Book Guide

The first few issues of the Guide featured editorials by founding editor, Ann A. Flowers, who commented on the state of the field from her unique vantage point of having seen an entire publishing season’s worth of books. Here are three samples from 1990 and 1991. A New and Original Venture by Ann A. Flowers […]

Eight Ways to Say You: The Challenges of Translation

Last year I had the honor of attending the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony in Massachusetts, not as an award recipient but as an accompanist — as the translator for Kazumi Yumoto’s The Friends, which won the fiction award. It was exhilarating to meet so many people who had actually read the book. Not only […]

Selections from Hunt Breakfast

Scroll down for transcriptions and more information Transcriptions: Auden house to let | Anonymous request | Eleanor Roosevelt | Future librarian?  | Beatrix Potter | McCloskey’s mistake January 1937 Hunt Breakfast To Let—A Poet’s House in the English Lakes. Perhaps some one who plans to spend next summer in England will be interested to rent a delightful house near Keswick in the […]

A Little History of The Horn Book Magazine

This promotional pamphlet was written by Karen Jameyson in the 1980s  and later updated by the Horn Book. Beginnings Back in the early 1920s, before the ink of the first Horn Book Magazine was even dry on the page, the Boston YMCA announced a course in automobiles and engines. At a time when cars were still a […]

Why is it called “The Horn Book”?

Back in the sixteenth century, English monks began to make hornbooks to help their pupils learn to read. Usually a wooden paddle with an alphabet and a verse glued to the surface, hornbooks derived their name from the piece of transparent horn protecting the verse. The picture to the right shows a modern replica of […]