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In Memoriam: Lee Kingman Natti (1919–2020)

Editor, author, artist, and designer Lee Kingman Natti’s association with The Horn Book, Inc., spanned eighty years — surely a record. Bertha Mahony, founder of The Horn Book Magazine and owner of The Bookshop for Boys and Girls, gave the nine-year-old Lee advice on choosing ten free books from the...

Happy 100th Birthday, Lee Kingman!

On Sunday, October 6, longtime Horn Book colleague Lee Kingman will celebrate her one hundredth birthday! After a visit with Lee, I feel especially fortunate to work in children's books with people who are as funny, smart, and discerning as she is. Lee's first book reviews were published in the...

Lunch with Lee Kingman

It had been nearly five years since my last lunch with Lee Kingman Natti, but it felt like just last month. Her home in Gloucester is an oasis reflecting Lee's lifelong involvement with artists and writers, as well as her own art. We sat looking out at the granite quarry...

>How to Make a Book Look Good and Work Well

>In our new podcast, Horn Book designer (and webmaster) Lolly Robinson talks to Lee Kingman Natti: author, editor, and old Horn Book hand. Lee discusses working with Virginia Lee Burton, picture book design and the aesthetic of the Folly Cove designers.Lee mentions that she first wrote for the Horn Book...

Horn Book Podcast

In 2007 and 2008 the Horn Book had a (more-or-less) monthly podcast. We are happy to make these episodes available once again here. Our podcasts featured conversations with writers, illustrators, and editors, chats about current trends, and insider takes on reviewing and publishing. Beach Bag BooksRoger Sutton and Martha Parravano talk...

Horn Book Reminiscence from Lee Kingman

By Lee KingmanMy earliest memory of Bertha Mahony, before she added Miller to her name, begins with her feet. Small feet, proportioned to her small frame. As I was a lanky nine-year-old, I was almost as tall as she was. Her lack of size, however, had nothing to do with...

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