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Letter to the Editor from Bill McCullam and Response from Roger Sutton, February 2020

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November/December 2019 Horn Book  It will not readily be appreciated how much a watershed the 2019 Zena Sutherland Lecture and Gene Luen Yang article represents for The Horn Book (and the Newbery and Caldecott committees). Since, at least, the February 1963 issue when Ruth Hill Viguers took a stand for...

Letter to the Editor from Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, November 2019

September/October 2019 Horn Book     Thank you so much for publishing the wonderful article by Kitty Flynn celebrating this year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health. We agree with Flynn that “the language around gender and sexual orientation…has evolved quite a...

Letter to the Editor from Lee Bennett Hopkins, July/August 1990

July/August 1990 Horn Book To the Editor, It is a fact: Eloise Greenfield is the only Black writer of children’s poetry currently being published in the United States; her latest volume, Nathaniel Talking (Black Butterfly Children’s Books), appeared in 1989. It seems quite incredible that, with over four thousand books...

Ursula K. Le Guin's April 1973 Letter to the Editor

Eleanor Cameron’s remarks on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the Horn Book may draw some fire upon her; it’s always perilous to do anything to a bestseller but adulate it. My response to her October article is one of relief and hearty thanks. It is good to have an...

Letter to the Editor from Karen Coy, August 2017

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May/June and July/August 2017 Horn BookI was dismayed by the May/June edition of The Horn Book.  I am not a Republican and find it shocking and depressing that a vulgar man like Trump could win the nomination of a major political party, let alone be elected as president of the...

Letter to the Editor from Leslie J. Kitchin, August 2017

To the Editor,I was so pleased to see my letter published in the September/October issue. However, I would like to make a correction: I am from Fairbanks, Alaska — not Arkansas!I would also like to add that events that occurred since I wrote that letter have only reinforced that Mr....

Letters to the Editor, September/October 2017

July/August 2017 Horn BookAs a longtime Horn Book subscriber, a former children’s librarian, and an advocate for social justice education, the letters to the editor in the July/August 2017 issue simultaneously encouraged and discouraged me. I was encouraged because expressing differences of opinion is a healthy and necessary element of...

Letters to the Editor, July/August 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

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May/June 2017 Horn BookI’m writing to comment on an article in your May/June 2017 issue titled “Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump.”My comment regarding this article is in regard to Philip Nel’s language and opinions presented as if facts about President Trump.It would be...

Letter to the Editor from Jean Stewart, July 2017

July/August 2017 Horn BookHello, Mr. Sutton,Happy 4th of July to you and your staff! I received the latest issue of Hornbook and plan to save the bulk of it for airplane reading next week because I like to put sticky notes next to interesting titles to seek out, but in...

Letter to the Editor from Tracy Aitken, January/February 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

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January/February 2017 Horn BookJanuary 5, 2017Good morning Mr. Sutton,I felt inclined to write to you following my reading of your editorial letter to Dr. Carla Hayden. I would like to preface my comments by revealing that I did not vote for President-Elect Trump.This morning's news contained a disturbing video of...

Letter to the Editor from Ginny Moore Kruse, March/April 2016

March/April 2016 Horn BookEver since I read the recent Horn Book tribute to Beverly Cleary, my friend and colleague Eliza T. Dresang has been in my mind. Now that the 100th anniversary of Beverly Cleary's birth is being celebrated, I'm thinking of both of these amazing women. Perhaps Eliza is...

Letter to the Editor from Lydia Gagliano, July/August 2015

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July/August 2015 Horn BookRegarding Jacqueline Woodson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech: I’m not at all certain why Ms. Woodson thought it important to label the young reporter who interviewed her at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival as “white.” She then follows this with a bit of mind-reading, saying...

Marcia Brown letter to Bertha Mahony Miller (undated)

To Bertha E. Miller, for some time "Early one morning in the spring", with very much appreciation.Marcia BrownDear Mrs. MillerI want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and how much it meant to me to hear your speech recalling Elizabeth Miller, Mukeiji, and the others, whom I...

"Dear Mr. Zelinsky"

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This is a lesson in overcoming assumptions.The mail I receive from readers trends strongly to the appreciative; it’s rare that anything remotely critical comes in, so I’m sure I’m completely spoiled.When I read this letter from a class near Philadelphia and saw that they were questioning a scene in the...

Letter to the Editor from Miriam Marecek, January/February 2014

November/December 2013 Horn BookIt was terrific to see Uri Shulevitz’s new book, Dusk, featured on the November/December 2013 cover. What joyous lights gleam through the winter nights as dusk falls quickly! This magnificent book is a wonderful companion to Shulevitz’s Dawn, which, in a gentle manner, paints the coming of...

Letter to the Editor from Martha Bennett Stiles, May/June 2013

I was struck by Jon Klassen’s comment in discussing his delightful Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Extra Yarn: “In the stories we seem to remember most, we’re given a certain set of ingredients, and then we’re let loose to build on them and let them affect us.”Oh, yes. I remember...

Letter to the Editor from Leah Langby, July/August 2012

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May/June 2012 Horn BookI want to thank you for publishing the piece by Hilary Rappaport (“On the Rights of Reading and Girls and Boys”). I really appreciated seeing some of my concerns about the gender divide in reading articulated so well. I have examined my biases related to literature and...

Letter to the Editor from Mary Alice Garber, January/February 2012

November/December 2011 Horn BookI am one of the buyers, along with Jewell Stoddard, for the children and teens’ department at the Politics & Prose bookstore. The picture book “Proclamation!” published in the November issue and your editorial (“The Sign on Sendak’s Door”) echo what Jewell and I feel strongly. I...

Letter to the Editor from Margaret Bush, January/February 2012

September/October 2011 Horn BookBarbara Bader’s series of articles on the “second generation” of prominent librarians in the children’s services field (“Virginia Haviland,” January/February 2011; “Augusta Baker,” May/June 2011; “Mildred Batchelder,” September/October 2011) has been enjoyable to read. For the small number of us who worked with these librarians or knew...

Letters to the Editor from September/October 2001

These Letters to the Editor are in response to Marc Aronson's article in the May/June 2001 Horn Book Magazine, "Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes." In the September/October 2001 Magazine, Andrea Davis Pinkney responded with her article, "Awards that Stand on Solid Ground."Marc Aronson says he wants to debate the merits...

Letters to the Editor, September/October 2000

Ms. Gish’s article on religious concerns about Harry Potter (May/June 2000) was a revelation to me. I had no idea anyone, other than the delusional, actually believed in witches. Even though she insists that such believers no longer wish to persecute those thought to be witches, the mere existence of...

Responses to January 1996 editorial

The letters below were all in response to the January/February 1996 editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren Adams, "A Wider Vision for the Newbery."I just read the editorial in the January/February issue of the Horn Book. Right on! I did not realize that a Newbery Medal had not been...

Susan Cooper Letter to Anita Silvey (June 7, 1986)

7 June 1986Dear Anita,Here’s my Second Look at THE NARGUN AND THE STARS. It’s 1150 words by my count; hope it will do.Just one plea: if anything is changed, even a comma, I’d like to approve it first. And if you share your predecessors’ determination never to publish a colon...

Susan Cooper Letter to Ethel L. Heins (May 10, 1976)

 Winchester, Mass 0189010th May 1976Dear Ethel,I was in Margaret’s office when your letter and photocopy of the Newbery speech arrived, so carried them off.If you were afraid you might be sounding persnickety just wait till you read me!I am starting on the assumption that since this is a reprint of...

Roald Dahl Letter to Paul Heins (October 6, 1972)

GYPSY HOUSEGREAT MISSENDENBUCKINGHAMSHIRE6th October, 1972Paul Heins Esq.,The Horn Book,585 Boylston Street,Boston,Mass.02116U.S.A.Dear Mr. Heins,Kaye Webb has told me that Eleanor Cameron dislikes “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” intensely. She added that you weren't crazy about it either. Both of you are entitled to think what you like about it. Kaye also...

William Steig letter to Paul Heins (June, 1970)

June 12, ’70Dear Mr. Heins -I hope you’ll understand if I tell you that I tend to be a bit “uptight”, even neurotic perhaps, about being edited. It’s not vanity — I don’t think I’m a great writer, or even a good one (in fact, I’m not a writer) —...

William Steig Letters to Paul Heins (May 1970)

May 10, ’70Dear Mr. Heins,Bob Kraus just read your letter to me (the one about my Caldecott acceptance speech) over the phone. I’m afraid now that in addition to having to make a speech, which for me will be like walking on red hot embers & broken glass, I will...

Lloyd Alexander Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (June 1, 1965)

 1 June, 1965Dear Ruth:I hope it’s permissible for an author to spend an inordinate number of hours in gleeful pride (or prideful glee?) over a review in THE HORN BOOK. In any case, that's what I've been doing.Well, needless to say I’m delighted you liked THE BLACK CAULDRON. Seriously delighted,...

Isaac Asimov Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (November 29, 1964)

28 November 1964Mrs. Ruth Hill ViguersThe Horn Book, Inc.585 Boylston StreetBoston, Mass., 02116Dear Mrs. Viguers,It is very good of you to increase my payment again. As you know, I have never asked for an increase or even hinted that an increase might be in order for I know that The...

Marcia Brown letter to Bertha Mahony Miller (undated)

To Bertha E. Miller, for some time "Early one morning in the spring", with very much appreciation.Marcia BrownDear Mrs. MillerI want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and how much it meant to me to hear your speech recalling Elizabeth Miller, Mukeiji, and the others, whom I...

Laura Ingalls Wilder Letter to Jennie D. Lindquist (October 19, 1953)

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Mansfield Mo.October 19th 1953Dear Miss Lindquist,Mrs. Nordstrom has told me of your plan for the Christmas Horn Book. I am thrilled and in a hurry for Christmas time to come that I may see it.You may use my letter to Clarence E. Kilburn, copy of which you enclosed, if you...

Leo Politi Envelope addresed to Bertha E. Miller (1947)

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Beatrix Potter in Letters

by Bertha E. Mahony"'Here’s peppermints for you, Pig-wig! Here's peppermints for you.' Pig-wig is you, Allan, and I've got peppermints at home for you." So spoke my grandnephew, Arnold, aged four years, as he came running out onto my sleeping porch, one morning this week, with the little friend who...

Beatrix Potter Letter to Bertha Mahony Miller (November 24, 1941)

[portfolio_slideshow]Castle CottageSawreyAmblesideNov. 24 41Dear Mrs. Bertha Miller,The winter’s cold and bad weather is here again. I hope it has not brought any more bronchitis to you? I have only got a cold in my nose; and let us both make good resolutions that “a stitch in time saves nine.” With...

Arna Bontemps Letter to Bertha E. Mahony (February 26, 1938)

 Chicago, Illinois26 February ’38Miss Bertha E. MahonyThe Horn BookBostonDear Miss Mahony:Thanks very much for your pleasant note.I'll be glad to write something for The Horn Book. So if you will send the copies you mentioned of back issues, I'll do my best to suggest something suitable. Some ideas come immediately...

Beatrix Potter Letter to Bertha E. Mahony (May 20, 1927)

 May 20. 27SawreyNr AmblesideDear Miss Bertha Mahony,Some months ago the Horn Book contained a paragraph relating how the writer and illustrator of the “Peter Rabbit” books lived in the district of the Westmorland Lakes in the north of England. Peter Rabbit is not begging for himself — and he offers...
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