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Editorial: My Friend Susan Bloom (September/October 2019)

I have my own version of the Anthony Browne story Cathie Mercier tells on page 26 in commemorating her great colleague and friend Susan P. Bloom, who died on June 7th at the age of eighty. In my version, it is the summer of 1989 and I am at Boston's...

Editorial: Try to Remember (July/August 2019)

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Thank goodness the inclusion of the 2019 ALA awards speeches in this issue allows me to talk about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards again (see our just-previous May/June issue celebrating the CSK’s fiftieth anniversary). Congratulations to all the winners, as well as to those receiving Legacy, Newbery, and Caldecott...

From the Editor: June 2019

We are thrilled — yes, thrilled — to announce the (re)launch of The Horn Book Guide, begun in 1990 as a semiannual print publication. It's been through a few iterations (anyone remember the CD-ROMs?) and we are happy to give its latest a home here. Please go over and poke...

2019 Summer Reading Recommendations

What could be better than icy-cold raspados on a hot summer day? Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña’s new picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle has had us dreaming of shave ice since our Five Questions Summer Reading interview revealed their favorite flavors (limon for Zeke; for Isabel: “Strawberry and...

Editorial: Behold the Gold!

Welcome to The Horn Book’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. As you may know, we publish a special themed issue annually, and when Andrea Davis Pinkney called to ask what The Horn Book might be able to do to commemorate the CSK’s fiftieth...

From the Editor - April 2019

If you haven't already had the chance, please look at the gorgeous cover, by Kadir Nelson, of our upcoming May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: CSK Book Awards at 50. Called "the gold issue" by guest editors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Rudine Sims Bishop, this special issue of the Magazine...

From the Editor - March 2019

March is Women’s History Month, and we’d like to wish a very happy birthday to KidLitWomen*, a group started in March 2018 by Friends of the Horn Book Grace Lin (read her Magazine article “Speak with Us, Not for Us”) and Karen Blumenthal (read her Calling Caldecott interview with Julie...

Editorial: On Citizenship

Our lead article, “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful,” is by acclaimed author and poet Benjamin Alire Sáenz, adapted from his profound and powerful 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture. In it (and be sure to read every word), he says, “I believe that my dissent is what makes me a loyal...

From the Editor - February 2019

You may know this from your copy of the latest issue of The Horn Book Herald, but I want again to direct you to our bounteous content about all the ALA award winners announced late last month. There are an interview with and five questions for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina;...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you got some good reading done over the holidays. Me, I shuttled among Tim Mohr's Burning Down the Haus (a history of punk rock in East Germany), Ruth Ware's The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, those latter choices, each about...

Editorial: Technicolor Dreams

The January/February Magazine is a good metaphor for the new year, with its ruminations on What Came Before and an eye toward the future. In October we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, where Elizabeth Acevedo performed a powerful original poem; Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña shared their origin story...

From the Editor - November 2018

As award-speculation season begins, don't forget you can join in the chatter about the Caldecott Medal on our Calling Caldecott blog, and about the Newbery on the Heavy Medal blog over at SLJ. We are in the midst of reading and discussion for Fanfare, the Horn Book's own choices for...

Editorial: Into the Hundred Acre Wood

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I was saddened to hear of the death of librarian and storyteller Ellin Greene in August. Ellin was my professor of children’s library work at Chicago, and taught me a core practice of the profession I hold as dear as any of Ranganathan’s Laws: “Get down on your knees,” she...

From the Editor - October 2018

We presented the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on October 5th, and, as far as anyone has told me, a good time was had by all. Please look at our online BGHB coverage for photos of the event and for more about this year’s winners.Roger SuttonEditor in Chief...

From the Editor - September 2018

As a subscriber to Notes from the Horn Book you also receive Talks with Roger, a series of interviews with authors and illustrators of new books, sponsored by their publishers. You can find the archive here — including my first-ever live Talks, with newly minted National Book Award long-lister Jarrett...

Editorial: The Right to Read by Yourself

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In choosing to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the Association for Library Service to Children did the right thing. The new name is bland but accurate, describing exactly what the award is for: to honor an author or illustrator whose books over the years...

From the Editor - August 2018

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It's still summer, and we all should remain as relaxed as possible, so let me just take a moment to happily acknowledge how relaxed everybody is getting about book boundaries, especially when it comes to a book for beginning readers. As Shoshana and Cindy ask of Fox + Chick: The...

From the Editor - July 2018

We are back from the ALA Conference in New Orleans and have the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Awards speeches for you over at hbook.com; Jackie Woodson's Children's Literature Legacy Award (formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award) will come your way in September. My thoughts on the...

Editorial: Some Best Books, and a Best Man

In this July/August issue we present our usual record of the American Library Association award winners’ speeches* as well as our annual “Mind the Gap” awards, the Horn Book editors’ choices of good books left out by ALA. We also announce the winners of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards....

From the Editor - June 2018

Elissa, Martha, and I are all headed south later this month to ALA in New Orleans and I do hope you will say hello. The Horn Book can be found at booth 1425 in the exhibit hall, and we'll be giving away posters of Caldecott-winner Matthew Cordell's cover for the...

2018 Summer Reading Recommendations

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Pie Is for Sharing, as our Five Questions interviewees remind us, and so is this special issue of Notes from the Horn Book, which presents our 2018 Summer Reading list. We’ve selected our top ten suggestions, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, for all age ranges — fifty books in all...

Editorial: “Get Up from the Chair!”

Welcome to our seriously special issue on the theme of “making a difference.” With a deep sense of history and purpose and interconnection (how many times is Virginia Hamilton cited?), and with some thirty contributors, from Susan Cooper (on Ursula K. Le Guin) to Dhonielle Clayton (on Hamilton’s Willie Bea)...

From the Editor - April 2018

April in Boston means Opening Day for the Red Sox, April Fools' Day jokes (Shoshana is responsible for this year's #TBTV), signs of springtime, and our upcoming Horn Book Herald: Spring News e-newsletter. Topics include: the environment (Earth Day is April 22) and poetry (April is also National Poetry Month),...

From the Editor - March 2018

March is Women’s History Month, and this issue of Notes includes almost all new books by female authors and illustrators. The Horn Book is also pleased to be participating in the #KidLitWomen initiative on social media and amplifying the group’s mission: “calling attention to the gender inequities of the children’s...

Editorial: Make Room in the Reading Tent

Despite everything I’ve ever loved about reading and hated about camping, I find myself wanting to sign up for Michelle H. Martin and Rachelle D. Washington’s Camp Read-a-Rama, a summer camp “for children ages four to eleven [that] uses children’s books as the springboard for all other camp activities, including...

From the Editor - February 2018

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators honored this week by the American Library Association! For a complete list of winning titles, with links to the Horn Book's reviews, please click here. The July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine will include the acceptance speeches and profiles of the Caldecott,...

From the Editor - January 2018

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Calling Caldecott will be wrapping up its picture book coverage of 2018 Caldecott Medal hopefuls this month, so get on over there to learn everything before the winner is announced on February 12. This week Edi Campbell considers Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which would make my shortlist;...

Editorial: The First Rule of BGHB

We were pleased to celebrate in October the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, coverage of which can be found in this issue, on pages 24–45 and at hbook.com/bghb17. I’ve always loved the literal offbeat-ness of this award: its consideration year is June 1 to May 31, making...

From the Editor — November 2017

It's Calling Caldecott season, so make sure you head on over to the sometimes feisty debates. Martha and Lolly and Jules and their crew of contributors are doing a wonderful job of turning the contenders upside-down and inside-out to get at just what we mean when we say "the most...

From the Editor - October 2017

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We are just done with this year's Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: "Resistance." With record attendance for both events, I can't remember a more engaged and enthusiastic audience, and our speakers and discussion leaders were variously inspiring and provocative, and always informative. Congratulations to our...

From the Editor – September 2017

We're looking forward to the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on October 6th and the following day's Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, "Resistance," in which all ten of our awarded authors and illustrators will be participating. It will be a special pleasure for me to moderate a conversation between my...

Editorial: The Incomparable Robin Smith

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Robin Smith (1959–2017) was, famously, a talker. When I first met Robin some twenty years ago, we were sitting in a Children’s Literature New England lecture hall waiting for the day to begin. It was immediately apparent that she was something out of the ordinary: not only was she talking...

From the Editor -- August 2017

A reminder that registration is now open for the 2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times, which takes place in Boston on October 7, the day after the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Your ticket to the Colloquium gets you in to the awards ceremony, and...

From the Editor -- July 2017

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In case you need some mid-point inspiration for your summer reading, sign up for the August 9th SLJTeen Live! virtual conference devoted to YA literature. Speakers include Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Reshma Saujani, and Barry Lyga; panel discussants include such Horn Book favorites as Tanya Lee Stone, Ibi Zoboi, Jason Reynolds,...

Editorial: Aiming High

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The other day I was visiting Liz Phipps Soeiro’s elementary school library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when a young, preternaturally polite girl came in looking for a book recommendation: “I would like something that moves my emotions.” Liz asked her to ask me; I asked the girl to name the book...

From the Editor - June 2017

Kwame Alexander was kind enough to join me in announcing the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards in New York on May 31st. And I hope you will join us for the BGHB Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on October 6th and 7th in Boston. Our theme this...

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations

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"Summer readin' / had me a blast…" By now you should know that The Horn Book's philosophy regarding summer reading is just do it, but the it is wide open to interpretation. Summer reading should not be a way to trick kids into doing school. Sure, reading can be learning...

Editorial: The Little Old Lady from Boston Meets Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang

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What can I say? When we were planning our annual special issue and decided on the topic of humor, it was last summer, and everyone was feeling very optimistic. Now I suppose we can only hope, as the old saying goes (and as Lisa Yee reminds us), that comedy is...

From the Editor - April 2017

Don't miss the annual special issue of The Horn Book Magazine, this year on the theme of humor. Wow, that sounds deadly. But it isn't, trust me! Along with mostly-serious articles about how and why to be funny in books for young people, we've also solicited some of our author...

From the Editor - March 2017

I'm completely taken with the "Reading Without Walls" challenge made by our National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang. Gene is asking something very simple of each of us: to read one book about a character who doesn't look like you or live like you OR read one...

Editorial: Tear Down That Wall

My kind of contest: read a book about a character unlike yourself, or read a book about a subject you don’t know much about, or read a book in a format different from what you’re used to. These parameters for the “Reading Without Walls Challenge,” devised by National Ambassador for...

From the Editor - February 2017

To commemorate Black History Month, we are highlighting specific articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book, past and present, that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Look for...

From the Editor - January 2017

It is ALA awards month, and I hope you can join us at the association's Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, January 20th through 24th. The Horn Book will be at booth #2117 in the exhibit hall, and executive editor Martha V. Parravano and I will be making the rounds and picking...

Editorial: She's With Us

Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of CongressLibrary of Congress101 Independence Avenue, SEWashington DC 20540Dear Carla:You know, the last time I wrote to a librarian in DC, she never got back to me. But then Laura Bush and I did not go to library school together, and I certainly never worked...

Editorial: "We're with Her"

At the time of this writing, we don’t yet know the outcome of the presidential election. (Anyone with a time-travel device, please let us know things turned out okay.) But it sure has been A Year for women. We’ve been quite busy with our roaring and our woman-card-playing and our...

From the Editor - October 2016

I hope you can join The Horn Book this Saturday at the Boston Book Festival in Copley Square and its environs. Courtesy of our friends at The Boston Globe, we have a booth (#61, prime placement right outside the Boston Public Library), so come say hello and pick up some...

From the Editor - September 2016

Today marks the debut of our newest blog, Family Reading, which will concern itself with all things books in the home. The blog will feature new and classic articles from The Horn Book Magazine as well as posts from parents and caregivers of all stripes about connecting their children with...

Editorial: "Unboxing"

As we asked while putting together the book review section in this issue — as we seem to ask while putting together the book review section of every issue — what should we do when a book has a “(Mostly) True Story” in its subtitle? Where do we put it?Sometimes...

From the Editor – August 2016

Perhaps it was only ever a fantasy of mine that every child in America started the school year on the same day I always did (the Tuesday after Labor Day) but now, all over the map, it's all over the map. And for those unfortunates who attend "year-round school" —...

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...

From the Editor – July 2016

If you missed ALA in Orlando — or if you just miss ALA in Orlando — the Horn Book is here to help. We have published the acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder winners, and Siân and I discuss the conference on...

Editorial: "Last Stop, First Steps"

When I arrived at the Horn Book in the spring of 1996, it was in the midst of a dustup caused by that January’s editorial, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery,” written by then–senior editors Lauren Adams and Martha V. Parravano. They decried the Newbery-winning predominance of middle-grade fiction by...

From the Editor - June 2016

We've just announced the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — and via video no less! — the fiftieth time we've done so (which is a lot if not quite enough to constitute a fiftieth anniversary; ask a math teacher). The awards will be conferred in a ceremony on September 30th...

From the Editor - May 2016

On June 2nd, the Boston Globe and the Horn Book will be announcing the winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for the fiftieth time. Arguments have been raging in the office on the difference between the 50th occurrence of something and the 50th anniversary, which is actually the 51st...

Editorial: &

Last fall Horn Book editor Roger Sutton interviewed wife-and-husband picture-book creators Erin E. Stead & Philip C. Stead for our Publishers’ Previews advertising section. Here’s one part of their exchange:Roger: I’ve always maintained that there’s a significant difference between “and” and “&.”Erin & Philip: Now that you mention it, there...

From the Editor - April 2016

I can't think of a genre that scares more book reviewers than poetry (maybe sports books). Perhaps they are afraid that some eagle-eyed reader is going to find out the reviewer doesn't know the difference between a spondee and a dactyl, but, really, this is making the task more difficult...

From the Editor – March 2016

Please have a listen to our new podcast, in which Siân Gaetano and I talk about goings-on at the Horn Book and in the world of children's books. Episode one is devoted to the pleasures and perils of social media; in episode two, I get Sorted into Ravenclaw. Who knew?I'll...

Editorial: Everybody's Talking

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Along with our perpetual mission concisely originated in Bertha Mahony Miller’s first editorial in October 1924, to “blow the horn for fine books for boys and girls,” each of The Horn Book Magazine’s seven editors in chief has had to address the world around her or him. Bertha guided us...

From the Editor - February 2016

In honor of Black History Month, we are daily posting key articles from the Horn Book archives about the African American experience in children's and young adult literature. Up today: Augusta Baker's "The Changing Image of the Black in Children's Literature," a speech she gave in 1974 in honor of...

From the Editor - January 2016

Well, a few years ago the Caldecott Medal went to what many people thought was a novel (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), and this week we have the Newbery going to a thirty-two page picture book, the first time this has happened since A Visit to William Blake's Inn in...

Editorial: Climbing the Walls

Last month, while reading and re-reading books for The Horn Book’s annual “Fanfare” discussion, I teased followers of the Read Roger blog with mention of a book that had me excited for YA publishing all over again: “Granted, the half-dozen books I have to get through before [the meeting] are...

From the Editor - December 2015

As a result of the baby boomlet of the late 1980s, we saw subsequent picture book publishing grow, not just in sheer numbers of new titles but in the expansion of the traditionally preschool genre's reach into books intended for older children and even adults. In this edition of What...

From the Editor — November 2015

People are already fighting about Starbucks's holiday cups, there were Christmas tree ornaments on sale at CVS this morning, and The Horn Book is pulling together Fanfare, our list of the best books of the year. While I see that Publishers Weekly has already published its list of bests (which...

Editorial: We’re Not Rainbow Sprinkles

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Last month at the Cambridge Public Library, I moderated a panel of five middle-grade writers brought to town by their publisher, Random House: Jeanne Birdsall, Bruce Coville, Alice Hoffman, R. J. Palacio, and Rebecca Stead. The place was packed and the conversation lively.With just a few minutes left for questions...

From the Editor — October 2015

I want to thank the Horn Book, Simmons College, and Boston Globe staff who worked so hard to make this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: "Transformations" a big success. You can see a photo album of the events on our website, and look forward...

From the Editor - September 2015

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I’m happy to be attending the tenth anniversary Carle Honors, which this year honor the contributions to picture books by artist Helen Oxenbury, editor Neal Porter, the Cotsen Library at Princeton, and intellectual freedom advocate Joan Bertin. These recipients are matched in worthiness by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture...

Editorial: Read Before You Write

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A member of the child_lit listserv recently posted a query which anyone who works with children’s books will find familiar: “A former student contacted me to ask if I could give her information about how to get started in writing and publishing children’s books.” Even given this little information, the...

From the Editor—August 2015

When I was walking around the ALA exhibits in San Francisco earlier this summer, I kept running into publishers eager to show me their "narrative nonfiction." I knew this was a concept (see Elizabeth Partridge's article "Narrative Nonfiction: Kicking Ass at Last" and more on narrative nonfiction from The Horn...

From the Editor - August 2015

I’m happy to announce that Susan Cooper will be keynoting "Transformations," the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College on October 3rd, following the presentation of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards the evening before. Susan, who won the BGHB Fiction Award in 1973 for The...

From the Editor - July 2015

I'm just back from ALA in San Francisco (conveniently also home to my two adorable grandchildren), where the term I kept hearing throughout the exhibit halls was narrative nonfiction (last year it was bullying). As is so often true of these trends, the term meant different things to different people,...

Editorial: What the Survey Doesn’t Say

Welcome to our annual issue devoted to the ALA book awards. You will find herein acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, and Wilder award winners as well as some analysis of the winners and honor books; some Newbery history (where does K. T. Horning...

From the Editor - June 2015

2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead and Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton announce the 2015 BGHB winners. Photo by Mark Tuchman of SLJ.Who got it right, the Newbery and Caldecott or the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards? This isn't exactly a fair fight as the different awards have...

From the Editor - May 2015

It's that time of year again: the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced on May 27th. I'll be sharing the honor of naming the winners with Rebecca Stead, who won the 2010 Fiction Award for When You Reach Me, at 5:00 pm in New York City at SLJ's Day...

Editorial: Plus ça change

Late last summer, the Horn Book staff gathered at Roger’s house for our annual editorial and organizational planning meeting. It was one of those Goldilocks sorts of days: too hot in the sun, too cold in the shade. This winter’s Snowpocalypse wasn’t even a gleam in anyone’s eye.Our office had...

From the Editor - April 2015

The Academy of American Poets chose wisely back in 1996 when they designated April as National Poetry Month. A book of poetry is the perfect choice for outdoor reading in spring. You can open to one page and put your hands back in your pockets to warm while you read....

From the Editor – March 2015

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is doing a great job of helping us (by which I mean children’s book professionals of all sorts) keep to the fore of our attention the need not just for books that articulate a multitude of experiences, but diverse creators to create them and diverse readers to...

Editorial: The Difference That Made Them

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Inadvertently or not, ALA heeded the call of the zeitgeist when it honored six books (out of ten in toto) by people of color in the 2015 Newbery and Caldecott medals and honors, announced last month at the Midwinter conference in Chicago. The winners were Kwame Alexander (African American) for...

From the Editor – February 2015

The ALA has spoken, and this year’s roster of awards for children’s and young adult books is impressively diverse and Diverse. The forthcoming issue of The Horn Book Herald includes all the lowdown about the Newbery, Caldecott and other book awards announced earlier this month in Chicago — and 2015...

From the Editor – January 2015

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As we all peruse the best of the year lists from the various review journals (here’s ours) and look forward to ALA’s announcements later this month of the Newbery Medal, etc., I’d like to call your attention to something I glanced at in my editorial in this month’s issue of...

Editorial: Why #WNDB

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In this issue you’ll find “Fanfare,” The Horn Book’s selections for the best children’s and young adult books of last year. I’m happy to see so much variety among them, from a picture book about a bus driver to another about a haunted dog to a historical novel about Baba...

From the Editor - November 2014

Please permit me to highlight two of the titles reviewed in this issue of Notes from the Horn Book, alike only in their consideration of the friendship possible between the old and the young, and — refreshingly — their resistance of current splashy publishing trends. That The Farmer and the...

Editorial: Self Service

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The Horn Book website was alight last month with a discussion of self-
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From the Editor – October 2014

When it comes to spooky stories, it’s always hard to know just how scared any given person wants to be. Maurice Sendak always said that children sent him drawings of Wild Things that terrified him; I, on the other hand, once drove a little girl screaming from a story hour...

From the Editor - September 2014

I hope you will join us for the fifth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Mind the Gaps,” on October 11th at Simmons College in Boston. This year’s program will examine the various diversity gaps in children’s book publishing, whether they be underrepresentation of nonwhite perspectives or the decreasing proportion...

Editorial: Upstate Over There

“Will there ever be another Sendak?” This is the question I posed last week to the 2014 Sendak Fellows, illustrators Nora Krug and Harry Bliss, at Scotch Hill Farm, the late artist’s upstate New York retreat now owned by Sendak’s longtime assistant Lynn Caponera.I had come to the farm —...

From the Editor - August 2014

I hope you can join Horn Book executive editor Martha V. Parravano and me at Fostering Lifelong Learners, a one-day conference the Horn Book, along with School Library Journal and the Cuyahoga County Public Library, is sponsoring on September 19th at the Parma-Snow branch of the CCPL in Parma, Ohio....

From the Editor — July 2014

We lost two significant pioneers of YA literature this past month. When Nancy Garden’s Annie on My Mind was published in 1982, the possibilities for GLBTQ characters in teen fiction changed forever. The book said to gay kids: you are not going through a phase, you will meet others like...

Editorial: Don’t Speak!

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What’s an award without the occasional scandal to make sure everybody’s paying attention? Marisa Tomei winning the Oscar. Wicked not winning the Tony. Rush Limbaugh being named Author of the Year.That last should not have been a surprise, though. The Children’s Book Council’s Author and Illustrator of the Year awards,...

From the Editor — June 2014

On May 31st, I announced the winners of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards at the BookExpo convention in New York. The awards will be bestowed at a ceremony on October 10th at Simmons College; the next day brings the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Mind the Gaps: Books for...

From the Editor -- May 2014

This week marks the debut of our new publication The Horn Book Herald, which will arrive in your inbox no more than four times a year. The first issue is devoted to our choices for the best summer reading and includes a link to a handy PDF you can take...

Editorial: The Man with the Purple Socks

Unlike our lucky essayists (starting with Kathleen T. Horning), I never read Harriet the Spy as a child. Sure, it was around — I remember Susan Walley doing a book report on Harriet in the sixth grade — but I had learned by then what finks would do to boys...

From the Editor - April 2014

We're in our new home on the grounds of Simmons College, and I must say what a pleasure it is to be surrounded by children's book–friendly folk and good lunch places. I'm especially happy to strengthen our partnership with Simmons's Center for the Study of Children's Literature. On May 14th,...

Editorial: As Pretty Does

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Back in 1998, the Horn Book Magazine published a special issue devoted to picture books. With articles about picture book history, reviewing and writing picture books, and a baker’s dozen of first-person “Studio Views,” it became a children’s lit classroom staple and is easily the most requested special issue we’ve...

From the Editor – February 2014

As we celebrate Black History Month, it's wise to remember Dick Gregory's quip: "Wouldn't you know that when they got around to giving us a month, it would be the month of February, with all them days missing?" While a Month, or a Week, or a Day can serve to...

From the Editor – January 2014

The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about...

Editorial: Books for the Ages

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In Rita Williams-Garcia’s P. S. Be Eleven, included on this year’s Fanfare list of the best books of 2013, Delphine, inspired by the example of an admired teacher, decides she is going to read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. But Delphine’s mother Nzila, a complicated woman living semi-estranged from the family...

From the Editor - November 2013

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the...

Editorial: It's Your Party

I'm not much one for a party; my husband has a big birthday coming up and I’ve gratefully left all the planning to the children. But three parties I attended recently made me glad I was there, and they made me like my job even more than I already thought...

2013 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

Arthur Levine, Sara Goodman, and Pamela Yosca. Photo: Shara Hardeson.On Saturday, October 5th, we held our third annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium with the theme "Building Character." Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s highlights based on tweets by our staff and other attendees. See Friday’s...

From the Editor - October 2013

I’d probably get in trouble with the ALA for this today, but back when I was a children’s librarian in the last century we limited Halloween-book checkouts to three per customer. There simply were never enough to go around, and I’m talking in November. Or December. Or Januar—you see where...
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