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From the Editor – February 2012

I was pleased to see that the 2012 Newbery committee displayed such excellent taste in its choice of a winner (Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt), and that for one of only two Honor Books it chose a book (Eugene Yelchin’s Breaking Stalin’s Nose) I thought no one but us had even read much less loved. And I would be remiss in my big-sister responsibilities if I did not share the fact that the Junior Library Guild went twelve for twelve in having previously selected for its subscribers the winners and honor books for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Sibert Medals.

At, you can find a complete list of all the ALA winners and what the Horn Book loved, liked, and, eh-not-so-much, among them. What did you think?





Roger Sutton
Editor in Chief


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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 have no criticism of the choices. I rarely do. I did have my favorites that I wished would have been acknowledged (Amelia Lost, Young Fredle), but I’m satisfied with the choices. I know others have remarked about the heavy representation of historical fiction this year and the previous year; I’m a big fan of historical fiction (children’s, YA, and historical fiction for adults), but I would like to see more of a variety next year.

    On another subject–Roger, the recent Horn Book issues have been so beautiful and inspiring. One of my 2012 work-related resolutions was to be a better reader of the professional publications that we receive at work. Reviews are necessary and important, but the articles help me to be a better selector and critic of children’s/YA literature. Thank you.

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