Horn Book Magazine -- March/April 2017

March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents


"Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang" by Roger Sutton
The 2016–2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on how books and readers can transcend boundaries.

"A Tiger Unmasked: One Book, Four Versions, Five Decades" by Crescent Dragonwagon
Charlotte Zolotow’s daughter (and literary executor) reflects on the challenges and joys of “collaborating” with her late mother.

"When Google Translate Gives You Arroz con Mango" by Celia C. Pérez
Errors in Spanish in children’s books and the need for #ownvoices in publishing.

Picture This by Rita Auerbach
An extended review of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Molly Bang’s essential guide to picture book illustration.


"Tear Down That Wall" by Roger Sutton
Breaking down book barriers.

BGHB at 50
Unleaving by Gregory Maguire
A personal appreciation of Jill Paton Walsh’s heady novel, winner of the 1976 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction. First in a series celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the BGHB Awards.

From The Guide
Art Appreciation
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.


Book Reviews


On the Web

March/April Starred Books


Index to Advertisers

Index to Books Reviewed

Cover © by Hawa Diallo. HawaDiallo.com. Page 1 art © Gene Luen Yang.


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Leslie Jacobs

I have subscribed to Horn Book for more than 30 years. I love reading the Horn Book, but I have overlooked many things to continue enjoying the read - the white privilege that seeps from nearly every page. This last issue just made me sick. The interview with Gene Yang is about tearing down walls., but where does Horn Book lend a hand? In the 5 questions section, all authors are white and four are male!!! At a time when diversity is imperative to our way of life, Horn Book chooses to go with white privilege. There is an article calling out publishers jumping on the Spanish band wagon and missing - then I guess Horn Book decided they had done their duty for this issue. Of the reviews, less than 20% were by diverse authors - non-white authors. Of course, I can’t be sure, but going by the books’ plots, I think I am right. Does anyone non-white even work for Horn Book? If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Posted : Mar 20, 2017 04:14

Roger Sutton

It's tricky to evaluate the stances and biases of a magazine by looking at a single issue--if you look at the articles in the three preceding issues of the Horn Book Magazine, for example, you will find in each that writers of color outnumber white authors. As far as reviews go, we are of course limited to reviewing what's published, and the CCBC statistics can tell you the sad truth about that. The Spring Preview section is a different animal entirely--as clearly indicated on the introductory page and on the banner heading each interview, those are advertising pages. The Horn Book has no say as to which author or illustrator is chosen by the advertising publisher to be featured. Yes, the Horn Book office (with a staff of nine) is currently all white. Our reviewing staff has become considerably more diverse in the past few years, thanks to the urgings of WNDB and Jason Low's publishing surveys but most of all to the efforts of Book Review Editor Martha Parravano, who works diligently to find and nurture reviewers from non-white backgrounds to make the Horn Book a more diverse and authoritative place from which to blow our proverbial horn for fine books for youth. --Roger Sutton

Posted : Mar 20, 2017 04:14


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