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Archives for 2003

An Interview with Maurice Sendak

In July 2003, Horn Book Editor Sutton talked with the artist in his Connecticut home in a conversation that covered life and death, ego and excavation, dreams and nightmares, Melville and Homer, and…plankton. For more on the great man, click the Maurice Sendak tag. ROGER SUTTON: Last night on that show “Queer Eye for the […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2003

Best books of 2003 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books The Shape Game written and illustrated by Anthony Browne (Farrar) A family outing to the art museum looks unpromising, until the experience proves transformative in more […]

A Second Look: Where the Wild Things Are

A second look at Where the Wild Things Are? Forty years after Maurice Sendak’s early mid-career masterpiece first appeared on the fall 1963 Harper list, the suggestion still feels premature. Turning to the book now, the most striking thing about it remains its undatable, fresh-as-paint immediacy. However familiar the Sendak images have long since become, […]

Teaching New Readers to Love Books

Packing and unpacking. Those were the governing actions of my Army brat childhood. I learned how to size up the fashion, the accents, the special vocabulary, and the social climate of every place I lived. I learned the bike and walking routes around all the Army bases and was a quick study for the best […]


by Donna Bray It was early October 2001 when the bound galleys of Crispin: The Cross of Lead landed on my desk. Avi had worked for months on the book, through many revisions, which were now piled behind me in a stack the height of a small child. I was reluctant to throw them out […]

The Outsiders, Fat Freddy, and Me

Incredible as it sounds, at least to me, I have been involved with young adult literature for thirty-three years now, which makes me and the genre almost exact contemporaries. It began in 1967–68, and I began working with it in 1970. This entitles me, I suppose, to call myself a YA matriarch — or at […]

Editorial: The Truth’s Superb Surprise

It’s hard to figure just who is more naive: Laura Bush or America’s poets. For her part, Mrs. Bush had invited several prominent American poets to the White House to participate in a symposium celebrating the work of Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman. But hearing that the symposium was going to be hijacked […]