From the Editor - August 2020

I can only laugh, mordantly, as we send you this, our annual Back-to-School issue of Notes from the Horn Book. There are some funny (We Will Rock Our Classmates), adventurous (Field Trip to the Ocean Deep), courageous (Something to Say), and sporting (Dragon Hoops) choices among them, but much as some of us might want to believe otherwise, they aren’t the real thing. They’re not the same thing as actually going back to school. As much as we now-grownups moaned about having to go to school, it was a grievance we largely held because going to school was the default routine and thus desirable to reject. But what happens when it isn’t the routine? That’s what we are finding out. I am both sad and heartened by my grandchildren’s heartfelt declarations of how much they miss it.

I want to send my good wishes and prayers to all interested parties: parents, teachers and librarians, all the school personnel, bus drivers and crossing guards, and most of all the students, both new and veterans, whether at home, at school, or enduring a combination of both. I hope that the Horn Book is being helpful to you all.

From the August 2020 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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I'm having a hard time understanding this whole school issue. I suggest welcoming each new morning as an exciting new adventure, which by the way I believe it is. Experience what lay ahead, offspring in tow, with abandon wonder. Today's primary lesson? Learning to be ALIVE!

Posted : Sep 04, 2020 02:53


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