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Family Reading by Liza Woodruff Art by Liza Woodruff

I love Perri Klass, here offering sensible advocacy of young children reading real books. Shut up, you know what I mean by real.

Right after Labor Day, the Horn Book will debut its new blog, Family Reading, devoted to offering book recommendations and advice about the whats and whens and whos and hows of sharing books in the home. Illustrator Liza Woodruff created the image on the left for our Family Reading* special issue way back in 1997 when she was the circulation assistant here, and we're happy to bring this family back as the face of our new venture.

*See from that issue Naomi Shihab Nye on reading to her son, still inspiring today.

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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Very exciting! I can't wait to read it.

Posted : Aug 16, 2016 03:55


*from* Erin Stead, rather.

Posted : Aug 09, 2016 04:30


I have always liked these thoughts Erin Stead, which Klass' piece brings to my mind: "One of the most beautiful things about paper picture books is their limitation. They are limited to 32 pages, which cause careful rhythm and pacing. An e-book is limited to a 5×7 screen and that is where it ends. It can be any number of pages and have any number of activities attached to each page. It may allow a child to sit and react, but does not necessarily allow them to sit and absorb– to listen to the voice of a parent, teacher, or friend. Or, to no voice at all. It could be a moment for them. A child could sit alone, hands on both ends of the book that fills their periphery, making their own decisions to turn the page." (Source:

Posted : Aug 09, 2016 04:29


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