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Hey, You

On Monday, September 10th at 2:00 PM EST, I’ll be interviewing Jarrett J. Krosoczka about his new graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo. Sponsored by Scholastic Press, this edition of Talks with Roger will be webcast live and we’ll even be taking questions from the audience, provided I understand the technology by then. It’s free and you […]

Oge Mora 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 Debut picture book creator Oge Mora hails from Columbus, now lives in Providence, and was kind enough to take the train up for a little talk with Roger. We discuss […]

Editorial: The Right to Read by Yourself

In choosing to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the Association for Library Service to Children did the right thing. The new name is bland but accurate, describing exactly what the award is for: to honor an author or illustrator whose books over the years have made, to quote the […]

Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2018

Table of Contents Features Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Jacqueline Woodson A profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor “Devoted to Diversity” by Shoshana Flax Publishers with a purpose. Columns Editorial “The Right to Read by Yourself” by Roger Sutton Laura Ingalls Wilder’s legacy and the radical act of trusting child readers. Board Book […]

It’s already September?!? Welcome back!

Crisp breezes in the air. The changing color of leaves. Decorative gourds (if that’s your thing). Pumpkin-spice lattes (ditto). That’s right, you all: autumn is almost here. Geese will head south, squirrels will bulk up, and you may already be pondering what your Halloween costume will be. Our favorite thing about fall—though sweater weather comes […]

Week in Review, August 27th – 31st

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Adrienne Kisner, Allison Varnes, NoNieqa Ramos Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger; illus. by Dan Santat Fiction: Sunny [Track] by Jason Reynolds Nonfiction: The Sinking of the Vasa by Russell Freedman; illus. by […]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post movie review

Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a novel about a teen girl sent to a gay conversion program in the early ‘90s, was not an easy read. Oh, it was good. It just wasn’t easy. But when the film (Filmrise, August 2018; NR) was released, I wanted to support it. And of course, […]

On Jessica Angotti’s “Committing the Crime Without Doing the Time” (from 2010)

“Based on my observations, it seems children find a loophole. Straddling reality and fantasy allows them to keep one foot in the story, dancing all night and getting into trouble, and the other one out, avoiding time-outs or bed without dinner. This hokey-pokey stance gives young readers the best of both worlds; in for the […]

Week in Review, August 20th – 24th

This week on hbook.com… Yuyi Morales Talks with Roger From the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Devoted to Diversity: Publishers with a Purpose” by Shoshana Flax Back-to-School Week 2018: #5Q for Dear Substitute co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; recommended new books for students of all ages; essential reading for parents […]

Devoted to Diversity: Publishers with a Purpose

It’s no secret that mainstream publishing has gaps to fill. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s annual statistics show that the numbers of books published about people of color and First/Native Nations people are disproportionately low, and books by members of these groups are even lower in number. (See the July/August 2017 and March/April 2018 Horn […]