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Aristotle and Dante Discover an Alternate Universe

I’m quite taken with Michelle Ann Abate’s essay about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe in the hot-off-the-pixels new issue of Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, whose theme this time around is “Queer Futurities.” Much to my shame, Abate points out something about that novel that the review journals (including the […]

My friend Susan

We said goodbye yesterday to a friend of mine and of the Horn Book, Susan P. Bloom. I met Susan thirty years ago, when she and Cathie Mercier invited me to teach Simmons’s Summer Children’s Literature Institute. That year’s theme, “Masquerade” was aptly borne out when Susan and Cathie Mercier picked me up at the […]

A new Horn Book Guide

Welcome to the new Horn Book Guide! Current subscribers to the Guide, whether print, digital, or database, should this morning be receiving instructions for logging in; for those who are not (yet? Please, God) go over and poke around. The two new features I like best are the ability of our editors to post booklists […]

Feeling mighty lonesome, haven’t slept a wink

Spurred by Globe columnist Devra First’s thoughts, Boston is a-bubble with discussion about whether it is ethically okay to buy Peet’s coffee, given the company’s Nazi history. The column specifically references, as the columnist’s favorite, Major Dickason’s Blend, which to my ears has always sounded ineffably colonial to begin with. If I were in a […]

BGHB Awards 2019

We have our winners! Read all about them! I’d like to thank our sisters at SLJ and Media Source for graciously sharing the podium at their Day of Dialog in New York. Next year we should do it at the end of the day so we can party after. Congratulations to all the winners; I […]

Horn Book Magazine starred reviews, July/August 2019

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August 2019 Horn Book Magazine. Each year our July/August issue celebrates the ALA Youth Media Awards; this time around you can look forward to original cover art by (second-time!) Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, acceptance speeches by and profiles of winners, reflections on The Year that […]

Join me for BGHB @ DoD

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. sharp (Eastern Daylight Time), you can join me live at Little Sister’s Day of Dialog in NYC or virtually live on The Horn Book’s Facebook page to hear the winners of the 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Visit after the announcement to see the press release and the Horn […]

Horn Book Summer Reading

We’ve pulled together our annual recommendations for summer reading. As ever, we present books we hope will spur purely recreational reading, which to my mind is the kind of reading most worth doing. I hope you find something your charges will like.           For myself, I’m deciding between a Graham Greene […]

Two anniversaries

I hope our subscribers and other print readers are enjoying our special issue in honor of the Coretta Scott King Awards. We will be posting selections from the issue throughout this month and next, and while I am not going to harangue you again to buy an issue, it’s really good (thank you editors and […]

They’re here!

Advance office copies of our May/June special issue, that is, which means that if you are a subscriber it is also on the way to you. If you are not a subscriber, first, shame on you, but, second, you can order single copies of this issue of the Horn Book Magazine as per below. Single […]