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A Note from Me (Dec 4, 2020)

Dear friends: I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet but did not lack for fellowship (Lori and Cooper were here and we Zoomed with the kids) nor for turkey (which I think I’m supposed to turn into soup today) nor for TV (Endeavour and The Crown,...

January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration by Brian Pinkney, from Time for Kenny.   The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine:   Sato the Rabbit; written and illustrated by Yuki Ainoya (Enchanted Lion). Cave Paintings; by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by Rafael Yockteng (Groundwood). Me & Mama; written and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera (Millner/Simon). Your House, My House; written...

A Note from Me (Nov 20, 2020)

Dear friends: I can still hear Carla Hayden’s voice, forty years ago, as she was describing the allure of Flowers in the Attic to the era’s younger teens. “Because of all the forbidden stuff,” she said to me, giving the word all the mystery and danger it deserves. Kids (who...

Local Girl Makes Good

The illustration on the cover of the November/December Magazine is from Once upon a Winter Day, a picture book written and illustrated by Liza Woodruff. Guys, that's our Liza, who worked as the circulation assistant at The Horn Book back in the last century, and we still miss her, so...

A Note from Me (Nov 13, 2020)

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Dear friends: I’m so sorry to have missed you last week but the close of the January/February book review section, not to mention the events of the nation, kept me otherwise occupied. Is it too soon to anticipate opening my January/February Magazine editorial with Phew? If you’re feeling at all...

A Note from Me (Oct 30, 2020)

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Dear friends: Our Boston Globe-Horn Book celebration came to an end this week, but go ahead and treat yourself to the panoply of interviews and selfies provided by our winners. God bless ’em, and may next October find us live once again at Simmons with all the winners and guests, whomever...

A Note from Me (Oct 23, 2020)

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Dear friends: Why can’t I just have Barbara Cook write these for me? We remain in the thick of our 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards festivities. We are just concluding nonfiction week, with picture book to come beginning Monday. (That is also my birthday!) Thank you again to the Horn...

R.I.P. Jill Paton Walsh

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We're sad to have lost Jill Paton Walsh yesterday. I only met her once, at a 1990s CLNE gathering at Radcliffe, but Jill was a longtime friend of the Horn Book dating back to the 1970s, when Paul and Ethel Heins were running things here, and they and Jill and...

A Note from Me (Oct 16, 2020)

Dear friends: Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on winning everybody’s favorite fantasy prize, a MacArthur fellowship. This pairs very well with the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jackie picked up earlier this year; congratulations for both! In Jackie’s honor I direct you to her 2006 Zena Sutherland Lecture, “How Do I Come...
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