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Thank you, David

Susan and David Bloom with their daughter Johanna; photo courtesy of Cathie Mercier

Former director of Simmons’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and Horn Book Magazine reviewer Susan Bloom’s husband David died this week at the age of 91, and I wanted to take a minute to pay tribute to him and all the (what we call locally) Horn Book Husbands, those otherwise sensible men married to the women and men who devote their work–and a large part of their personal–lives to children’s books. David was such a capable and affable partner to Susan in her adventures in this business, and all of us who knew him will miss him.

So, gentlemen of the ensemble, thank you for putting up with our peculiar profession!

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. Lauren Adams says:

    Susan and David are a one-of-a-kind partnership, and I’m sure he loved his part in the adventures. We all miss him indeed; thank you for the tribute.

  2. Thanks for posting this, Roger, and for linking to the beautiful obituary Susan wrote. I have many memories of times spent with David and Susan, but a favorite is from his first meeting with my son, Rory. I was Susan’s student at Simmons then, and Rory (now 20) was 3-years-old. We were at their house for a party, and when David introduced himself, Rory’s eyes widened and he said, “I have a book about a boy named David (David Shannon’s NO DAVID!, of course). He’s very naughty.” And with his trademark deadpan wit, David responded, “So am I. Sometimes.”

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