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About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

The story on the wall

Seeing the CSK exhibit at the NCCIL is making me remember again the vogue for illustration as fine art we had in the 1980s:  from a baby boom arose lots of picture books, lots of children’s bookstores, and (he gestures vaguely towards) developments in five-color printing that encouraged big, handsome pictures in big, handsome books. And […]

Zena is watching, are you?

I hope you have as good a time watching this interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as I did conducting it. Our conversation will also appear, edited, in the May/June special issue of the Horn Book Magazine, Making a Difference. Carla is one person who certainly has.

Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library. From the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference.

Texas Time

What a wonderful time Richard and I had in Abilene! We were at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (still jeez to the name, but I did learn its acronym is pronounced nickel and not ‘encil) to see a wonderful show, and quite a haul of original art from Coretta Scott King Award winners […]

Jillian Tamaki Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by While Jillian Tamaki won a Caldecott Honor in 2015 for This One Summer, written by her cousin Mariko Tamaki, there is still plenty of debate over whether that graphic novel […]

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), and we are thrilled that […]

Rob Sanders Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by In Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, Rob Sanders and illustrator Steven Salerno give us a picture-book history of how the LGBT Pride flag came to […]

May/June Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   Pie Is for Sharing; by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook) Julián Is a Mermaid; written and illustrated by Jessica Love (Candlewick) The Field; by Baptiste Paul; illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara (NorthSouth) Bus! Stop!; written […]

Western stars light up the sky

Later this week Richard and I are going west to Abilene to see the exhibition of Coretta Scott King Award winners at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (also known as NCCIL, thank heavens). There will be a bash to which we are grateful to be invited, and the exhibit of some one hundred original […]

Woman of the Year

Congrats to Jacqueline Woodson for winning the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, first given to Maurice Sendak in 2003; Jackie is the fourth American to win, after Katherine Paterson and Meg Rosoff. I met Jackie in 1990 in Chicago, where Delacorte had sent her all by her lonesome on her first book tour (for Last Summer at Maizon). Betsy, Hazel, […]