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Happy anniversary, CSK!

As you know (and if you don’t, you must be new here 😉), the Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and the Horn Book’s annual special issue is themed around that anniversary. We are honored to have a roster of more than thirty African American authors, illustrators, scholars, and other […]

A Profile of Children’s Literature Legacy Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve known Jacqueline Woodson for years, but even before we met, when I read Last Summer with Maizon (1990), Jackie’s first book, I knew a special writer had arrived on the children’s literature scene. Although the full extent of the depth and breadth of her talent may not have been clear, what was apparent from […]

2018 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win. Shuttered Windows by Julia Denos, illus. by E. B. Goodale Silenced The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin Cracked Egg by Kevin Henkes Rained out A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Derailed Clayton Byrd […]


Yes, but not my point: Sarah Hamburg has suggested I send you over to Anne Ursu’s thoughts on sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. Certainly, if anyone thought the land of bunny-eat-bunny escaped the abuses of sex and power endemic to American culture, they’re not paying attention! I find Anne’s points about conference behavior particularly […]

2016 in Review: The Year in Words

For fans of children’s literature, social media has enabled a community of kindred spirits to collectively speculate about what might win the year’s biggest awards at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards — which determine the cream of the crop, the most excellent books, the most distinguished contributions to literature. The excitement that starts […]

Horn Book Magazine articles in the Virtual History Exhibit

Here is a selection of articles from our archives 1990s Barbara Bader examines six milestones in the Horn Book’s first seventy-five years: Treasure Island by the Roadside (January/February 1999) Selling children’s books off the back of a truck. Peter Says Please (March/April 1999) Beatrix Potter befriends the Horn Book. Politi for Christmas (May/June 1999) An […]

Summer Reading 2008

Recommended by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano in the Horn Book podcast. Fiction Basketball Bats and Goof-Off Goalie written by Betty Hicks, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Roaring Brook) Grade level: 1–3 Airman by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion) Grade level: 4–8 The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Fickling) Grade level: 4–8 Go Big or Go Home […]

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Roger Sutton interviews Philip Pullman | December 2007

Roger Sutton: I have to confess I have never met a writer who felt truly happy with any film adaptation of their work. How about it? Philip Pullman: Well, yes. To be truly happy with it you have to be the director as well as the scriptwriter and the star and the composer and the producer and […]

2007 holiday gift books

This list accompanies the podcast by Terri Schmitz, owner of The Children’s Bookshop, Brookline, MA Picture Books Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World written and illustrated by John Burningham (Knopf). Grade level: K–3. On Angel Wings written by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Candlewick). Grade level: 2–6. Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to […]