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>The New Laureate

>Sometime Horn Book contributor Madelyn Travis interviews Britain’s new children’s laureate Michael Rosen, he of the funny verse and the very sad book. We love Madelyn here because it was her since-third-grade friendship with our Jennifer Brabander that brought Bridget Jones’s Diary to the Horn Book long before the rest of you had heard of it.

And if the CBC, LC and Mrs. Cheney et al are listening, I’d love that new “national ambassador for children’s literature” gig. Sure, I’m not a famous writer, but I’d know what I was talking about, and I’m a good talker. Plus you wouldn’t have that little Jack Prelutsky problem, whose assumption of the Poetry Foundation’s “Children’s Poet Laureate” position seems to have more effect on his jacket designs than on anything else. Besides, who died and left them God? Oh, that’s right.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >First the monkey jokes. Now a throwdown with Prelutsky. This blog is starting to work it!

  2. david elzey says:

    >Thank you, Roger, for noticing the naked emperor in the poetry room.

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >David, I have to give you credit for pointing out the nekkidness. I read your post at and filed it away in my brain.

    I don’t blame Prelutsky so much for taking the cash, nor his publisher for piggybacking; what bugs me is really the National Poetry Foundation’s arrogance in naming a “laureate” as if there has been some kind of recognition beyond their own offices. David, I name you Blogger Laureate. See, it’s easy!

    Mother always warned me about groups who stick “national” in their name.

  4. Rinda M. Byers says:

    >Roger, I dub Thee the official Blogging Ambassador of Children’s Literature with plenipotentiary powers from this day forth to blog, speak, and act as Thou dost please wherever Thou canst about any and all aspects of books for children and YA.

    P.S. I don’t officially belong to anything national–only the local quilting guild…

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