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A Note from Me (Jun 11, 2021)

Dear friends: So sorry to have missed you last week (dummy-reading-duty called!), but I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend/Memorial Day holiday. One of your number took perplexing exception to something anodyne I wrote here referencing Kamala Harris; I think our Vice President is in all ways wonderful, and...

July/August 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration by Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, from I Can Make a Train Noise. The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August 2021 Horn Book Magazine: My Two Border Towns; by David Bowles; illus. by Erika Meza (Kokila/Penguin). I Can Make a Train Noise; by Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise...

A Note from Me (May 28, 2021)

Dear friends: ALA is upon us! At least in HB land — I was just looking at layouts of The Speeches, gorgeous, and great speeches as well. That’s all you’ll get out of me. In her tenure as HB editor, Anita Silvey limited herself to saying “they aren’t too long,”...

Goodbye to Two of the Greats

We were sorry to lose Lois Ehlert (May 25th) and Eric Carle (May 23rd), both of whose picture books for young children are everywhere in library collections and tucked into strollers, piled on night tables, scattered among toys and best beloved stuffies. Master collagists and colorists both, Eric and Lois added...

A Note from Me (May 21, 2021)

Dear friends: I need to pass along a curse. Last week I did a Talks with Roger interview with Nidhi Chanani about her new graphic novel Jukebox. And now this song is stuck in my head, but I figure if enough of you listen to it, it might leave me...

A Note from Me (May 14, 2021)

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Dear friends: Jason Reynolds’s Zena Sutherland Lecture was a smashing success last Friday. As far as I could see, he spoke without a text or even notes, moving brilliantly and seamlessly from stories about his recently deceased father to just what those stories meant in terms of bringing him and...

A Note from Me (May 7, 2021)

Dear friends: Normally on this first Friday in May I’d be winging my way to Chicago for the Zena Sutherland Lecture tonight, but this year I’ll be watching from home along with everybody else as ZS lecturer Jason Reynolds does his inimitable thing. I’m looking forward to it — I...

A Note from Me (Apr 30, 2021)

Dear friends: OMG did you hear about Kamala Harris making the government buy copies of her children’s book Superheroes Are Everywhere to put into the hands of every young terrorist at the border? April fool! We didn’t review the book, but SLJ gave it a so-so review if you’re thinking...

R.I.P. dear Henrietta

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Everyone at the Horn Book was sad to learn this morning that Dr. Henrietta M. Smith, Professor Emerita at the University of South Florida's School of Information, died on Wednesday at the age of ninety-eight. I first met Henrietta back in the 1980s at the summer program in children's literature sponsored...
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