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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:

    >tactful silence on all sides! WHY/

  2. >Welcome Hornbook to Dublin, Ohio:-) If you ever have a business trip out this way, It is not Boston, but it is a great place to visit and we do have a very good children’s bookstore:-)

    Hope there are no big changes. We love the Hornbook and the blog as it is!

  3. Mitali Perkins says:

    >You can still get snarky about a Guild pick, right? I’m keeping an eye on this — if your stars start to correlate with their selections, I’m sending you a howler.

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >Well, Mitali, first we would need a baseline of how our stars have lined up with their choices in the past. Get to it 😉

    JLG sees books–manuscripts–probably six months to a year before we do. Whatever they choose goes automatically to their subscribers–if you subscribe, for example, to JLG’s YA novel plan, you’ll get a YA novel chosen by JLG every month. Reviews from HB and elsewhere have no effect on this process. The possibility of collusion only comes in after the fact, where the Horn Book could give starred reviews to JLG selections, thus making them look good in some generalized kind of way. Media Source has assured me they have no interest in Horn Book doing this, I imagine because a), it would undermine our value with our subscribers and b) because it would be so transparent as to be worthless.

    But the perception a few people have seems to be that a good Horn Book review could make people buy a given book from JLG when in fact this is simply not possible. JLG customers are not buying books–they are buying a service that pre-selects books for them.

  5. >thanks for that reassuring explanation

  6. Mitali Perkins says:

    >Whew, Roger, thanks. That makes sense. Let freedom ring.

  7. Roger Sutton says:

    >And know, too, what I think this change of ownership does do for the Horn Book. Media Source has resources–financial and otherwise–we could only dream about, and they have deep experience with youth librarians in school and public libraries. They also have a sales force, something HB has never had before. This is a very good deal for us and has my complete enthusiasm.

  8. Mitali Perkins says:

    >May I quote these two responses of yours on the Fire Escape? As the news breaks about Brian Kenney taking over at PW, spreading your take might ease any anxiety over our community losses after consolidation.

  9. Roger Sutton says:

    >I’ll join you on the Fire Escape anytime, Mitali. Go forth and quote.

  10. Anonymous says:

    >Speakng of new owners – apparently Houghton and Harcourt are on the market. See today’s Boston Globe. (Not sold yet but hoping for a taker.)

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