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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

As we watch the news and scroll through social media, it seems like everyone has an opinion on what it means to be indigenous, but the voices shouting loudest and being heard the clearest are not indigenous voices. How do we share with children what it means to be a contemporary indigenous person? How can […]

Association of Jewish Libraries “Love Your Neighbor” Book List #1: Standing Up for Each Other

From the Association of Jewish Libraries: In response to the tragedy at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and to rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries offers this series of book lists for young readers. Books read in youth impact future outlooks, and it is our hope that meeting Jews on the […]

Horn Book Magazine — November/December 2018

Table of Contents Features “Look Here. Not There.” by Rita Williams-Garcia The 2018 Zena Sutherland Lecture. “’Waiting in the Deep’” by Andrea J. Loney A character development workshop with Rita Williams-Garcia. “Why Sensitivity Readers Matter” by Jason Low (And why we should call them something else.) “Molly Bang’s Ten, Nine, Eight” by Dudley Carlson A […]

Editorial: Into the Hundred Acre Wood

I was saddened to hear of the death of librarian and storyteller Ellin Greene in August. Ellin was my professor of children’s library work at Chicago, and taught me a core practice of the profession I hold as dear as any of Ranganathan’s Laws: “Get down on your knees,” she told us, in order to […]

On Julie Luecke’s “Reading Along the Gender Continuum” (from 2012)

“The reality, however, is that many children are gender variant (with interests and behaviors persistently outside of typical cultural gender norms) and at different points in their lives might be living or exploring at various places along the gender identity continuum.” If there had been a Horn Book blog focused on books and families in […]

“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” exhibit at the MFA

The Horn Book staff recently visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts — just a short walk from our office — to view its new exhibit “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.” It’s packed with photos, correspondence, preliminary sketches, original art, and other artifacts contemporary to the stories’ creation by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. […]

Happy Halloween from The Horn BoooOOOoook!

Happy Halloween! How are we celebrating here at The Horn Book? With a matching mask-and-tie ensemble, a field trip to the (very seasonally appropriate) Fog x Flo installation, chocolate-chip pumpkin muffins, Red Sox pride, and spooky books, of course! Here’s a selection of new Halloween board books for the littlest monsters*, plus lots of treats […]

Drawn Together

I was instantly intrigued when illustrator Dan Santat described on social media how he developed the display type for Drawn Together, writing, “It originates from the original Thai alphabet. Then I integrated Western alphabet components into the design to show a melding of cultures. Lastly, for design reasons, I modified certain characters for legibility.” This […]

Jason Reynolds at Temple Kehillath Israel

Hearing Jason Reynolds speak is a bit like listening to spoken-word poetry, as Cindy and I discovered at last Wednesday’s event at Temple Kehillath Israel*, sponsored by Brookline Booksmith. The hugely prolific, award-winning middle-grade and YA author said he would tell us the story of how he got where he is today, and did so […]

Why Sensitivity Readers Matter: (And Why We Should Call Them Something Else)

Last year, one of the controversies that hit the headlines was the use of sensitivity readers in publishing. The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune covered the topic but chose to feature clickbait headlines that included words like outrage and censorship. This led to the usual cacophony of opposing views. Lee & Low Books […]