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>and frequent commenter here is interviewed over at Cynsations. The photo is graciously intimidating and makes me think Lawzy has the potential to become a true dragon lady. Oh, but when we were young . . . never mind, let’s leave something for the memoir. On thing I’ll share, though, that Elizabeth did not: as a child, she asked for and received a gift subscription to The Horn Book Magazine.

Newsflash–I was interrupted in my posting by the surprise visit of Marianne Carus, founder and editor-in-chief of Cricket Magazine. She was in the building with her husband Blouke visiting Jackie Miller down at Reach Out and Read. Marianne is Great Ladydom in spades.

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. Elizabeth says:

    >I still remember an editorial that Ethel Heins wrote that influenced me greatly (I was in high school). The Horn Book had recommended Elizabeth Marie Pope’s “The Sherwood Ring” in its A Look Back or Out of Print section. Anyway, they got a letter condemning the book’s “sex-role stereotyping”, and Ethel’s reply, which I can quote almost verbatim, was something like “30 years ago children’s literature cast off the golden hand of didacticism…” and ended with “What are you going to do when a child asks for Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre?”

    Also, Roger, if you’re going to out me, then I will mention that when you were a kid, you used to play that you were a librarian…

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Yes–I still have my parents’ once beautiful edition of Sonnets from the Portuguese, designed and illustrated by Valenti Angelo, ruined forever by the “date-due” pad I drew on the front endpapers.

  3. victoria thorne says:

    >I dunno. Your “Sonnets…” sounds like it’s even more collection-worthy now. (My sister and I used to loan each other books, and created our own systems…her card files were always uber-tidy, but my bookshelves looked utterly fabulous.)

    If I could, I’d pay a pretty penny for that date-due pad you created, Mr. Sutton. It’s ART now, sir. And there is no better art than book art.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    >Hey Victoria, I’m sure Roger could use the cash! How much are you offering?

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