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My gun, my foot


And she was good enough to help me back up, too.

Instant karma whacked me upside the head at the end of last month when the July/August issue of the Horn Book Magazine, wherein I take ALSC to task for demanding too much secrecy around its Newbery and Caldecott deliberations, was mailed a full week early, thus spoiling the entirely justifiable secret of just what Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca were going to say in their Newbery and Caldecott speeches. I was–AM–mortified: while we told the mailing house to hold this issue a week later than usual, apparently we did not stress strongly enough to them just why we wanted it embargoed, and I guess they thought they were doing us a favor. Kate and Brian were very good sports–see above for our Ambassador’s gracious acceptance of my apology. So to them particularly but to all in general: SORRY!


with Kirkpatrick Hill

Otherwise I had some lively conversations about the editorial, and some less lively ones about the Common Core State Standards. (Do the CCSS have any fans left? Marc?)  Macmillan gave a very nice lunch for the Scott O’Dell committee and this year’s winner Kirkpatrick Hill, who’s something of a character who knows she’s something of a character, which makes her a little dangerous but a lot of fun. Kind of like my ALA in general.

But tell me we don’t have to go to Las Vegas again. Please?

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. When are you going to do an editorial exploring the bias towards award winners with light-colored, curly hair?

  2. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    I say: Where are the redheads?!

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