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2020 Summer Reading Recommendations

If there’s one book on our 2020 Summer Reading list that speaks best to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s Remy Lai’s Pie in the Sky, about two brothers who find communion in baking, of all things, in order to “adjust to life in an ‘alien’ world.” Sound familiar? Otherwise, my eye...

Editorial: There Are (Almost) No Rules (May/June 2020)

Believe me, we are — we are now, anyway — well aware of the irony involved in publishing a special issue called “Breaking the Rules” during the coronavirus spring of 2020, when following the rules is the best hope we have. Please, everyone: wash your hands and keep your distance...

From the Editor - April 2020

I hope you are all healthy and managing at home, with — perhaps? — more time to read what you really want to. Even when your boss calls you into a Zoom meeting: just say your camera’s broken and keep those pages turning. A shoutout, too, to the libraries and...

From the Editor - March 2020

I hope you are all enjoying the March/April issue of the Magazine; here in the office we are busily pulling together the May/June special issue, whose theme is "Breaking the Rules." Jarrett J. Krosoczka is creating the cover; inside the issue fourteen authors and illustrators share stories (and comix) about...

Editorial: Books About Kids like Me

The late Andrew Clements, whom we remember in this issue in my look back at his novel The Janitor's Boy, was a practitioner in a core and long-hallowed subgenre of children’s literature. He wrote what adult-book critics would call “domestic fiction” and what we would call “everyday life,” “friendship,” or...

From the Editor - February 2020

Yes, Notes from the Horn Book looks and works a little different/ly and we hope you find it works for you! (Send any complaints or compliments to newsletter@hbook.com.) It’s a very busy time in the Horn Book office: the March/April issue of the Magazine goes to the printer today and...

From the Editor - January 2020

Happy New Year, everybody, and I hope you all found some time for reading — by which I mean reading for the fun of it — over the December holidays. (Mine was divided between The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware’s recent homage to The Turn of the Screw, and...

Editorial: Bordering on the Absurd (January/February 2020)

This past November we put out a call on the Calling Caldecott blog for mock “nominations,” asking readers to name a few 2019 books they considered top contenders for the Caldecott Medal. Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton cheekily touted Small in the City — knowing full well that...

Editorial: RIP Little Jackie Paper (November/December 2019)

Over on a great Facebook group called Jewish Kidlit Mavens, the members have been discussing their childhood reading (or not) of C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series and how each maven variously dealt with its Christian themes and allegorical elements. The reactions in the group have run from childhood delight to adult reservations, but...
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