From the Editor - September 2020

The lyric “You can’t live with ’em, you can’t live without ’em” from The Muppet Movie got stuck in my head last week as I was working on our siblings section for this month’s Notes. Perhaps it was my subconscious’s way of telling me something (though my older sister and I have always related more to the song “Sisters” from White Christmas), but maybe it was just nudging me to remember that the actual name of that song is “I Hope That Somethin’ Better Comes Along.” I’m sure we’re all hoping for better times soon given that we’re now six-plus months into this pandemic. But on the book front at least, it is certainly better times for primary readers, with a wealth of great new titles published recently for them. I also hope that books like Evette Dionne’s and the other middle-school/YA books about social issues we share here inspire young people to be the change we so desperately need to combat the past and present failures of our society so history doesn’t keep repeating itself. Vote!

From the September 2020 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

Cynthia K. Ritter
Cynthia K. Ritter

Cynthia K. Ritter is managing editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She earned a master's degree in children's literature from Simmons University.

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