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A Note from Me (Apr 16, 2021)

Dear friends: The stars are out! That is, we’ve announced which books are getting starred reviews in the upcoming May/June special issue of the Magazine, which itself is going to be a distinguished edition indeed. Make sure you’re subscribed, niños, because I’m afraid we’re going to run out of copies...

The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture

The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture will take place on Friday, May 7th at 7:30PM, and our Lecturer this year is Jason Reynolds. You can all attend because it is via Zoom! Register (free) at chipublib.org/Sutherland. See you there!      ...

May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien, from The Floating Field. The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Yes & No; written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook). The Night Walk; written and illustrated by Marie Dorléans; trans. from French by Polly Lawson...

A Note from Me (Apr 9, 2021)

Dear friends:  Let me confess here at the start that we made it through about forty-five minutes of The Greatest Story Ever Told before Lori and I decided (Richard having already fallen asleep) to switch over to Last Tango in Halifax, “you slapper” having become my favorite term of insult/endearment after just the first season. The Greatest Story it...

A Note from Me (Apr 2, 2021)

Dear friends: Awww, Beverly Cleary. Tributes are everywhere (including the front page of the Times, featuring yours truly) and we’ve rounded up several from among the many that have appeared in the Horn Book over the years. And I have a new “I’m so old…”: “I’m so old I remember...

A Note from Me (Mar 26, 2021)

Dear friends: For those readers who have caviled at the “liberal agenda” supposedly being promulgated in this weekly letter, let’s get this out of the way right at the top: this country needs more effective gun control now. Whatever mental illness, whatever racism, whatever evil drives a person to kill,...

A Note from Me (Mar 19, 2021)

Dear friends: Happy anniversary? This week marks a year now that the Horn Book has been working from home, and I remain grateful and amazed that we’ve done it at all, much less as well as we have, thanks to our determined editors, Our Al, and our coworkers from the...

A Note from Me (Mar 12, 2021)

Dear friends: Cindy urges us all to keep an eye out for virtual bookstore events happening in our neighborhoods, which, given the nature of virtual events, is EVERYWHERE. How to choose? I see that Cindy’s neighborhood bookstore, Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Story, just had an event with adult historical fiction...

A Note from Me (Mar 5, 2021)

Dear friends: Welcome to March and Women’s History Month! A few years ago, I wrote about our founding editor Bertha Mahony Miller; in this month’s Horn Book Magazine I call attention to new nonfiction, mainly picture book biographies, about women who have made their mark. Off the clock, I’m reading...
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