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Bertha Mahony Miller founded The Horn Book in 1924 to herald the best in children’s literature. Now, one hundred years later, we are still following her lead. The Horn Book Magazine is one of the most distinguished resources in the field of children’s and young adult literature and the core of our company.

Visit The Horn Book’s website often for uncommon insight and timely information. There you’ll find free e-newsletters (Notes from the Horn Book and Talks with Roger); a blog for just about every aspect of children’s literature (Calling Caldecott, Family Reading, Out of the Box, and Read Roger); and other original web content. Our Guide/Reviews Database offers short, critical reviews by trusted professionals of recommended hardcover trade books published in the United States for young people from 2000 to the present. The reviews are clear and honest, brief and to the point, identifying strengths and weaknesses and rating the books on a scale from 1 to 4, with titles recommended by The Horn Book Magazine receiving the highest ratings 1 () or 2 ().


The Horn Book Magazine

Independent, opinionated, and stylish, The Horn Book Magazine has long been essential for everyone who cares about children’s and young adult literature. Our articles are lively, our reviews are insightful, our editorials are always sharp. We have gathered current and archival material to give you a taste of what we’ve been offering since 1924.

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Who’s who at the Magazine

Material specifications
and deadlines

Our choices for the
best books of the year


Reviewer information
Brief biographies of
book reviewers

Year-end indexes in
PDF format from 1996

From the Magazine
as well as
online originals


Book review key
Abbreviations explained

An online gallery

Exploring the Past,
Present, and Future of
Children's Literature



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