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I see SLJ is taking some heat for its stand against Trump’s deplorable actions re DACA. Welcome to my world.

I’d love to put together a panel discussion of the children’s-book journal editors on the topic of pulpit-pounding. We all do it, in different ways to different ends, and it might be a good opportunity to remind people that books for young readers, like young readers themselves, don’t live in some kind of abstract realm of happy reading. Asking the editors of SLJ or the Horn Book to stay out of politics* is like asking a librarian on the Newbery Committee not to tweet about books she loves–in both cases, you’re asking people not to do their jobs as well as they can.

*Some politics. Your politics.

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. On behalf of the SLJ editors, as I responded in the comments on, ours was not a political statement but a moral one. We object to racism. Seems like a no-brainer, but there you go.

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Woah, Sis: claiming the moral high ground on a political issue does not make it NOT a political issue. Own it!

  3. God, you’re bossy.

  4. He’s right, though!

    I’m glad that SLJ issued that statement. The bit I didn’t like is the “we are better than this.” Maybe a better phrase is “we can be better than this.”

  5. Has this stance vis-a-vis immigration – that belief in anything other than an open border is immoral/racist – always been the position of librarians’ professional associations? Is that why Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan doesn’t have a library named after her?

  6. Susan Polos says:

    Stay strong! Ditto Roger and Debbie.

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