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From the Editor — July 2013

Roger SuttonDrumming up business for the Horn Book, I barely got to venture beyond the exhibit hall, but the lines and enthusiasm there showed me that this year’s ALA convention in Chicago was a lively one. From what I heard, the big highlight for children’s librarians was the ALSC preconference “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal” and Martha Parravano has a full report. You can find more of the Horn Book’s ALA coverage and photos at the ALA 2013 tag, and, per usual, we publish speeches by and profiles of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King and Wilder medalists in our July/August issue. (Although they are no substitute for being there. I liked Katherine Paterson’s Wilder speech when we prepared it for publication, but little did I know the emotional impact it would have when delivered live. Tears and cheers.)

Of course, it is summertime, and thus the season for some guilty-pleasure reading. Elissa Gershowitz takes a look at some good bad books for teens; as far as the grownup side goes, my tips thus far are to avoid the new Dan Brown (unless your idea of fun is screenplay-meets-Wikipedia) but to give Revenge Wears Prada a look. That’s all.

Roger Sutton
Editor in Chief

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.

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