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Brian Selznick & David Serlin Talk 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 At only 192 pages, Baby Monkey, Private Eye is modest by Brian Selznick’s standards, but probably the biggest beginning-reader book you’ve ever seen. Written with his husband David Serlin, Baby […]

My editor Lillian

My first professional writing about children’s books was for School Library Journal, beginning my reign of terror with a letter to the editor about–my critics will love this–what I saw as excessive feminist ideology used in the SLJ review to bring down a book I had found awfully good, Sue Ellen Bridgers’ Notes for Another Life. (Writers: when your […]

My teacher Zena

Behold, in the photograph at left, an embodiment of the phrase dimples of iron. If Louise was the one who led me to children’s librarianship, Zena Sutherland gave me my focus on children’s books. I hadn’t even intended to take her class, but my friend Marybeth convinced me it would be fun to take together. […]

My friend Louise

Please never think that I am unaware of the privilege being a white guy in children’s books  has afforded me. But it was women who gave me a career, and here in honor of Women’s History Month and #kidlitwomen, I would like to tell you about five lady librarians whose impact on my life has been […]

Unwrinkling

Our Russell reviews A Wrinkle in Time based on a viewing the Horn Bookers took in together last week, in the legendary Before Time when one could get out of the house. The walking distance to a good movie theater is a definite perk of our location, and I do love these reserved movie seats you […]

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 literature community, uplifting those who […]

#KidlitWomen

The Horn Book is happy to participate in #kidlitwomen, Grace Lin‘s brainchild honoring the contributions of women to the children’s book world–and spotlighting the inequities they face. Go to KidlitWomen’s public Facebook page to see links to all of the contributed posts thus far (the project will run through the end of March, Women’s History Month) […]

A word from Mrs. No Way No How

The Times has an interview up with Ava DuVernay, and it offers much engaging insight into her thoughts about her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, coming out next week. But it also does That Thing We Hate:   “Ms. DuVernay had just put the finishing touches on the Disney movie that paid for [her new studio], […]

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 songs, chants, games, field trips, […]

The March March

In Jane Langton’s 1984 novel The Fragile Flag (sequel to the better-known The Fledgling) nine-year-old Georgie leads what eventually becomes a march of 16,000 children on Washington in the name of disarmament. It works, so take a hint, America. Kitty Flynn has compiled a directory of Horn Book recommended books on the subject of social activism and […]