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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. >I’m especially pleased to see Pratchett’s Nation on this list. I’m a big fan of his works for children, and this one is as wise and good and human as the Tiffany Aching books. It’s not as funny (if you haven’t listened to hilarious narration of The Wee Free Men, you have missed a real treat) but it’s very much in the same vein. The discussion of the big issues of our time–and most other times (“religion, imperialism, justice, even civilization itself”)–is sophisticated in a profoundly accessible way. Are the anti-atheists on to this one yet?

  2. >I heartily second all the titles that I have read (about 85% of them, *phew*) and will read those that I have yet to have the pleasure but know that I will probably really really enjoy them.

    Yeah, Graveyard Book makes the Hornbook list — but *boo* it’s not on the SLJ’s best books list. (What are they thinking??)

  3. Jennifer Schultz says:

    >Fantastic list-and I’m fairly certain we have the vast majority of them already in our collection (always a relief when the big end of the year lists come out).

    I’ve been avoiding Ways to Live Forever…guess I should read it.

  4. Jennifer Schultz says:

    >Oops-forgot to add. I love that you keep a complete archive of the Fanfare lists. Will have to look at that soon.

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