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Table of Contents: January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine

Cover © 2021 by Oge Mora.   Features Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors Our choices for the best books of 2020. Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards BGHB Awards Gallery 2020 Celebrating the winners and honorees in this most unusual year. Fiction and Poetry Nonfiction Picture Book “Sometimes You Have...
      

"Sometimes You Have to Lie": A Conversation with Leslie Brody

Nearly sixty years after the publication of Harriet the Spy (Harper, 1964) the book remains as fresh as ever, so it’s not surprising that Harriet’s author was just as captivating. In her new, thoroughly researched biography, Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author...
      

A Note from Me (Dec 18, 2020)

Dear friends: The lights are up, the tree is up, the other lights are up, and the election is over. (Again.) It’s the holidays! This my last missive to you until after the New Year, but I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to read the new articles...
      

Preview January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine

Original cover art by Oge Mora. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2020. Coverage of the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards virtual celebration: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos. Kathleen T. Horning interviews Leslie Brody, author of the Louise Fitzhugh biography Sometimes You Have to Lie. An update on the CCBC’s diversity statistics from Madeline Tyner. Gregory Maguire remembers Jill...
      

Field Notes: Books Everlasting: Teaching Children's Literature to Older Adults

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Retired children’s librarians don’t fade away. They become consultants, and teach. When I’m not taking classes myself, I am teaching two courses about children’s books to older adults who participate in Osher, the Lifelong Learning Institute, based at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. My students are mostly grandparents. Some are...
      

Publishers' Preview: Middle-Grade Novels: Five Questions for Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann

This interview originally appeared in the January/February 2020 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Middle-Grade Novels, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by High school sophomores...
      

Horn Book Magazine Covers

Randolph Caldecott was The Horn Book Magazine‘s first — and for decades only — cover artist. Then in 1985 another picture book master, Maurice Sendak, took over the task for a few issues, leading the way for a whole new crop of talented contributors. Much of their work is on view...
      

On Kathleen T. Horning's “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” (from 2005)

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“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”—Ole Golly from Harriet the Spy by Louise FitzhughJune is Pride Month (whether or not the White House recognizes it) and LGBTQIA folx and their allies are holding their rainbow flags — of various stripes — high....
      

Fan Week 2016 wrap-up superpost

a fandom bookshelfAll week long we've been celebrating fandom — our fandoms, fan-created works, and author engagement with fans. Here's a cheat sheet to all of our Fan Week content. We've highlighted a few must-reads for each category; click on the author/fandom name for more.IntroductionLet your fan flag fly!On fan...
      

Harriet fans, feast your eyes

Fans of Harriet the Spy must click here. Seriously. You will not be disappointed.Thanks to Friend-of-the-Horn-Book Rich Michelson for sharing this special image with us (used by permission of Laura Morehead, another big thank-you). According to Rich: "The story behind the picture is only that it was found among Louise...

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