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Hbook Podcast 1.24 - Special Guest Editor Karen Boss

Podcast the 24th in which Siân chats with Charlesbridge Publishing editor Karen Boss about acquisitions, books, and (not a little bit of) travel.Books we talk aboutKate Messner's The Seventh WishRoald Dahl and Quentin Blake's BFGPatrick Ness's A Monster CallsRoger Priddy's First 100 WordsMargaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's Goodnight MoonEric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What...

The Horn Book's inaugural editorial

We chose this title — THE HORNBOOK — because of its early and honorable place in the history of children’s literature, but in our use of it we are giving it a lighter meaning, as Mr. Caldecott’s three jovial huntsmen on the cover suggest. Just as they are so full...

Editorial: Cultural Currency

I was late for work, walking down the street to my subway stop. The trash collectors had come and gone, leaving the narrow sidewalk strewn with empty plastic barrels, upright, sideways, rolling about. Coming the other way up the walk were two tough-looking UPS ladies, and I stepped aside to...

Editorial: Potter's Field

On this occasion of our 75th anniversary issue, I’m reminded what a constant presence the past is at the Horn Book offices. When, as we do here with some regularity, we invoke past editors of the Horn Book, we don’t bother with chronology. They aren’t Back Then but (with the...

Editorial: Honoring Mike

“Why is there no YA equivalent to the Newbery Medal?” When I asked that question fifteen years ago (School Library Journal, December 1983), it was hardly its first hearing. As far back as 1962, the Young Adult Services Division (now the Young Adult Library Services Association) of ALA had proposed...

A Wider Vision for the Newbery

Editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren AdamsAt first glance, the last ten years appear to have seen a remarkable diversity of books honored by the Newbery award. Poetry and nonfiction have both won medals (Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise [Harper] and Russell Freedman’s Lincoln [Clarion]); and a wide range of...

Silver Lining in a Big, Black Cloud

by Ann A. FlowersWe are in the midst of an immense increase in the number of children’s books being published. Such a circumstance, in many ways happy, has been brought about by a number of factors: an increase in the juvenile population, new methods of teaching that emphasize the use...

A New and Original Venture

by Ann A. FlowersIt is a pleasure to present the first issue of The Horn Book Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Books, a periodical based on the entirely new premise of including short critical annotations of all hard-cover trade children’s and young adult books published in the United States...

Horn Book Guide | editorial

By Anita Silvey“A magazine devoted to books must always consider ways of keeping its character vital and fresh . . . . But the artist wants and needs the resistance of the intelligent, appreciative, but honest and salty judge of his work,” Bertha Mahony Miller once wrote.To continue the ideal of keeping Horn Book...
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