From the Editor - April 2021

It is National Poetry Month, and the books selected by our editors for this issue of Notes remind me of how pliable our definition of poetry has had to become: it can be poetry-poetry, as in the collections by Naomi Shihab Nye, Jack Prelutsky, and Nikki Grimes reviewed above; but it can also be fiction, as in Linda Sue Park’s The One Thing You’d Save and Lisa Fipps’s Starfish; or nonfiction, as in Joyce Sidman’s Dear Treefrog. As I say every year in announcing the winners of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, there might be three categories — Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction — but poetry hops around. Like a treefrog, even. As it should. We’ll be celebrating poetry all month long; catch up with our reviews and click the tag Poetry.

From the April 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

Roger Sutton
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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