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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. Anonymous says:

    >Congrats on your honor books not overtaking the true winners. It seems like that has become something the BG-HB Awards can be counted on doing– recognizing the truly great that have gotten short shrift from other awards.

  2. Jennifer Schultz says:

    >That is an excellent list. I like Almost Astronauts very, very much. However, there was one thing that puzzled me about the book….although the book does discuss women’s success in the space program after the 13 astronauts, there was no mention of the women who have given their lives in service to the space program. I don’t think there was any mention of Christa McAuliffe and the Teacher in Space program. In fact, there was a picture of one of the women who died in the latest shuttle tragedy (I apologize for not remembering her name), but no mention of her death. I just found that somewhat odd…just wondering if there was a reason. There wasn’t a need to dwell on it, of course, but I just wondered at the omission.

  3. Elaine Marie Alphin says:

    >A truly noteworthy list. I'm especially happy to see the recognition for Nation, a book that entertains readers while encouraging them to think about what constitutes national identity as well as personal responsibility and integrity.

  4. Anonymous says:

    >I'll bite. Almost Astronauts, though it demonstrates strong research and tells a good story, is full of sloppy writing: subject/verb disagreements, sentence fragment after sentence fragment, sentences beginning too often with "and," and "but," choppy paragraphs, and frequent unclear pronoun antecedents. I don't get it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >I haven't seen the women astronauts book so perhaps this question is out of order. But I do wonder – is there any mention in it of the first Russian astronaut – Valentina Tereshkova? She preceded the US women by many years. There was a children's book called something like I AM SEAGULL

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