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Horn Book Guide history

The children’s book business, only in its infancy when the Horn Book Magazine debuted in the 1920s, came of age in the 1980s as baby boomers stocked their children’s bookshelves and a new breed of teachers replaced their one-size-fits-all textbooks with classrooms libraries. Publishers responded to the growing market by producing more titles, a lot […]

Editorials from The Horn Book Guide

The first few issues of the Guide featured editorials by founding editor, Ann A. Flowers, who commented on the state of the field from her unique vantage point of having seen an entire publishing season’s worth of books. Here are three samples from 1990 and 1991. A New and Original Venture by Ann A. Flowers […]

Real People

by Ann A. Flowers Those who remember the earnest, carefully bowdlerized, extremely boring biographies of their childhoods must be happy with the advent of some glorious, carefully researched, handsomely presented, and fun-to-read biographies being published today. It is hard to say whether the times — so much more open to the straightforward presentation of human […]

Silver Lining in a Big, Black Cloud

by Ann A. Flowers We are in the midst of an immense increase in the number of children’s books being published. Such a circumstance, in many ways happy, has been brought about by a number of factors: an increase in the juvenile population, new methods of teaching that emphasize the use of trade children’s books, […]

A New and Original Venture

by Ann A. Flowers It is a pleasure to present the first issue of The Horn Book Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Books, a periodical based on the entirely new premise of including short critical annotations of all hard-cover trade children’s and young adult books published in the United States in one season — […]

Horn Book Guide | editorial

By Anita Silvey “A magazine devoted to books must always consider ways of keeping its character vital and fresh . . . . But the artist wants and needs the resistance of the intelligent, appreciative, but honest and salty judge of his work,” Bertha Mahony Miller once wrote. To continue the ideal of keeping Horn Book vital, we are […]