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We’re trying something new this spring. With Reach Out and Read and the Cambridge Public Library, the Horn Book is presenting a one-day conference about books and the youngest readers/listeners/lookers. We thought it would be useful to cross-fertilize our areas of expertise (Reach Out and Read on brain development, CPL on using books with children, the Horn Book on evaluating books) and find out where we think differently and what we–doctors, librarians, teachers–might learn from each other when it comes to early literacy and nurturing the appreciation of books. Each of the organizations will present its side of the story, and the conference keynote is being provided by Dr. Robert Needlman, author of the latest editions of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.

The conference, held on April 25th at the Cambridge Public Library and sponsored by Penguin, DK, and the Junior Library Guild, invites all professionals in the early-learning community to attend. And it’s free, so you had better sign up now as space is very limited.

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. I truly would love to attend but am unable to do so. Will this program be provided as a webinar at some point?

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    I will ask!

  3. Robin Smith says:

    Wish I could be there–such an important conference.

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