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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.

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 the best books of the […]

CaldeNOTT

On Saturday, December 1, Horn Book reviewer and all around Great Guy Thom Barthelmess is going to be leading his annual CaldeNOTT Award discussion here at Simmons, sponsored by the Horn Book and the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. The CaldeNOTT, invented by Thom, applies the Caldecott terms and criteria to books ineligible for […]

Erin Entrada Kelly 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 You Go First, 2018 Newbery medalist [for Hello, Universe] Erin Entrada Kelly probes the lives of two kids, Ben and Charlotte, who only know each other through online Scrabble […]

Editorial: Into the Hundred Acre Wood

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 told us, in order to […]

Hither and Yon

There’s a world outside of Yonkers, Barnaby, and I’ve recently visited kidlitwomen* and Calling Caldecott, talking, coincidentally (I think), about gender. I hope I did so with more understanding than the White House seems to have, although, let’s be real, that’s quite a low bar. Also elsewhere was our Elissa, attending a story hour hosted […]

Review of Blue

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 9/18    978-1-62672-006-4    $17.99 Where this inventive author-illustrator explored both the palette and politics of the color green in Green (rev. 3/12), Blue finds her sneaking up on us with a story about loss, even if at first we think we […]

Julián Is a Mermaid

If the Caldecott Medal is for a book that, among its other qualities, “provides children with an essentially visual experience,” then I hope the 2019 Caldecott Committee is taking a good long look at Julián Is a Mermaid, written and illustrated by Jessica Love. With a text just shy of ninety words, the book’s thirty-two pages […]

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 Sutton Editor in Chief

Friday Night Lights

We held our fiftieth-something Boston Globe Horn Book Awards at Simmons University last Friday night, and if the conversation among the guests was any indication, we had the advantage as a comparison-gainer: “At least something good is happening today!” I’ll post my opening remarks below, and Elissa and Katie will be bringing you highlights throughout […]

Starred reviews, November/December Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah; by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Schwartz & Wade/Random) The Patchwork Bike; by Maxine Beneba Clarke; illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd (Candlewick) Dreamers; written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Holiday) The Little Barbarian; written and […]