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Why, books!

No surprise, here’s the line I liked best from Wednesday’s Twitter party: “Not so fast on the demise of the print book (says the tech editor, no less).” –tweeted by SLJ’s technology editor, Kathy Ishizuka

I immediately thought of Mo Willems’s 2011 Zena Sutherland Lecture, “Why Books?” which will appear (in print!) in the November/December 2011 issue of the Horn Book Magazine and which you can read (online!) right now.

And a heads up: the Magazine’s March/April 2012 special issue will be devoted to adapting books into other media, including movies, apps, theater, and e-books.

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.



  1. I loved reading snippets of the Twitter Party conversation. I think it’s neat that teachers and librarians are bringing their own Kindles and iPads to work to expand the offerings available to kids. (Kids who share dessert grow up to be teachers and librarians, I’m convinced.) A lot of talented new writers will be able to connect with kids through their indie-published eBooks and apps. It’s an exciting time to be a reader (and a writer)! I think we’ll see lots of flops but also some very intriguing $2.99 experiments that will bring a whole new level of diversity to literature. The wacky Uncle Bobs of the world will be able, finally, to publish their own quirky and definitive books on hermit crabs and pumpkin carving. The challenge for readers will be finding those new books and apps…which brings us back to teachers, librarians, and The Horn Book (blogs)!

  2. Kitty Flynn says:

    This comment makes me happy in so many ways. What a nice way to end the week. Thank you!

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