Horn Book Magazine articles in the Virtual History Exhibit

Here is a selection of articles from our archives


Barbara Bader examines six milestones in the Horn Book's first seventy-five years:

Against Borders by Hazel Rochman (March/April 1995)
A noted critic on multicultural children’s literature.

Making Stories Happen by Rachel Vail (May/June 1994)
How the author makes up things until they are true.

More articles from the1990s


Could Randolph Caldecott Win the Caldecott Medal? by Anita Silvey (July 1986)
Anita Silvey's editorial on the dangers of being distinguished.

A Second Look: Five Children and It by Lloyd Alexander (May 1985)
One master storyteller appreciates another.

Art and Text — and Context by Ethel L. Heins (April 1984)
Ethel Heins's editorial on lavishly illustrated new editions.

More articles from the 1980s


Where Do All the Prizes Go?: The Case for Nonfiction by Milton Meltzer (February 1976)
A passionate plea for “information” books to be judged fairly and justly rewarded.

Short Talk with a Prospective Children's Writer by Astrid Lindgren (June 1973)
Tart advice from the creator of Pippi Longstocking.

Eleanor Cameron vs. Roald Dahl (October 1972–October 1973)
Two heavyweights clash in a classic battle.

More articles from the1970s


Who’s Lloyd Alexander? by Ann Durell (June 1969)
Profile of the 1969 Newbery Medalist.

"Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh" by Paul Heins (December 1968)
Paul Heins's editorial on the treasures of literature.

A Letter from C. S. Lewis by James E. Higgins (October 1966)
C. S. Lewis answers questions on writing for children

Walt Disney Accused: an interview with Frances Clarke Sayers (December 1965)
Was Walt Disney a great educator? Frances Clarke Sayers says, “No!”

News from Narnia by Lillian H. Smith (October 1963)
Narnia, real or imagined

Information and Knowledge by Ruth Hill Viguers (June, 1961)
Ruth Hill Viguers's editorial on the difference between the two.

More articles from the 1960s


To Save Time by Jennie D. Lindquist (February 1957)
Jennie Lindquist's editorial on ways to welcome young refugees.

The Three Owls’ Notebook (December 1952)
Why Anne Carroll Moore is squeamish about Charlotte’s Web.

More articles from the1950s


Christmas at Huckleberry Mountain Library by Lois Lenski (November/December 1946)
A Christmas memory from the 1946 Newbery Medal winner.

Americans with the Wrong Ancestors by Clara Breed (July/August 1943)
The forced internment of Japanese-American young readers.

More articles from the 1940s


May Massee: As Her Author-Illustrators See Her by Ludwig Bemelmans (July 1936)
The author of Madeline pays tribute to his editor.

Articles from the 1930s


Editorial by Bertha Mahony (October 1924)
The editorial from our inaugural issue

More articles from the 1920s

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