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Week in Review, June 18th-22nd

This week on hbook.com… One year ago we said goodbye to contributor and Friend of the Horn Book Robin Smith, whom Editor in Chief Roger Sutton rightly called “one of the best things to ever happen to The Horn Book.” Read some of her insightful, impassioned writing about children’s books, then read “Dear Robin,” “WWRD?,” […]

#ALAAC18 Horn Book Booth 1425

Visit The Horn Book Booth 1425 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans #ALAAC18! We’ve got posters by Caldecott winner* Matthew Cordell and other goodies. On Monday morning you can pick up your copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards, including the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King award speeches. […]

Calling all fall internship applicants!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

Caribbean American Heritage Month 2018

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month — which celebrates “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States” — and this week (June 18-22) is the twentieth annual Caribbean American Legislative Week in Washington, DC. You can find lots of great information, book recommendations, and resources at this […]

Crossing bridges, turning pages

Mothering my seven children often inspires my writing, but I’ve made it a policy to avoid writing publicly about specific struggles I have with them. Growing up is hard enough, and I worry that real openness could amount to betrayal or worse. All to say: I have a story to tell about one of my […]

Meet our summer interns!

Every semester, we ask our interns to tell us a little about themselves. (Our ulterior motive: we want to chat with them about their favorite books!) Meet brand-new editorial interns Colleen and Flannery, both of whom will be a huge help to us this summer. Interested in a Horn Book internship? The deadline to apply […]

In Memoriam: Remembering Julius Lester

When I contacted Julius Lester (1939–2018) in 2014 to ask if he would join us at my gallery to accept the seventh annual Reader to Reader Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, he said he was pleased to be celebrated and would get back to me after checking the football schedule. I wasn’t surprised. […]

Eoin Colfer 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 While we think of Eoin Colfer mainly as the author of highly improbable but highly entertaining adventure novels, and of Colfer and Andrew Donkin as the co-authors of the graphic-novel […]

What lies beneath

Pursuant to that Trump biography, over on Facebook Sarah Hamburg told me about a really perceptive article about biographies for young people. “George Washington and Slavery: Going Beyond Picture Books to Teach About Our Flawed Founders,”* written by my erstwhile Child_Lit colleague Ebony Elizabeth Thomas along with James Joshua Coleman and Lindsay R. Cicchino, asks–and […]

2018 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal winners announced!

The 2018 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced today. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Geraldine McCaughrean was awarded the Carnegie Medal, which recognizes “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for her […]