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From the Editor – January 2015

Roger_EdBriant_191x300As we all peruse the best of the year lists from the various review journals (here’s ours) and look forward to ALA’s announcements later this month of the Newbery Medal, etc., I’d like to call your attention to something I glanced at in my editorial in this month’s issue of The Horn Book Magazine. In an aside to a discussion of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, I opined that “everybody needs good books, not just great ones.” Whether your chosen maxim is “the best is the enemy of the good” or vice-versa (Google cites ‘em with fairly equal frequency), let’s agree that our libraries, personal bookshelves, and reading imaginations have room for both. I am all for Best books but recognize that it’s the Good books that comprise most of my reading, whether for work or leisure. All of the books featured in Notes from the Horn Book are Good ones, that I guarantee.


Roger Sutton,
Editor in Chief

From the January 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

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. The original quotation is Voltaire: “Perfect is the enemy of good.” From his poem La Bégueule (, which begins:

    Dans ses écrits, un sage Italien
    Dit que le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.

    Don’t ask why I know. Or do. It involves a women’s magazine and a fleet of rabid factcheckers.

  2. Gloria Miller says:

    I don’t understand why “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” isn’t on this list.

  3. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    It is.

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