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Know your audience

Emails to share book-review PDFs understandably don’t always come addressed to exactly the right person. A hopeful submitter might guess that “magazine at hbook dot com” goes to a different HB-er than myself, and I usually don’t think much of it. But a recent highlight of that very active inbox...
      

From the Editor - March 2021

Welcome to Women’s History Month, which we are celebrating at the Horn Book through March. Really, given the influence Bertha Mahony Miller and her Horn Book sistren still hold upon this company, it’s always Women’s History Month for us, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I may joke...
      

A Note from Me (Mar 5, 2021)

Dear friends: Welcome to March and Women’s History Month! A few years ago, I wrote about our founding editor Bertha Mahony Miller; in this month’s Horn Book Magazine I call attention to new nonfiction, mainly picture book biographies, about women who have made their mark. Off the clock, I’m reading...
      

Why teachers should know the Virtual History Exhibit

We have an opening in the post schedule this week because there's no class tonight, so I want to make a plug for our Virtual History Exhibit which displays items from our archives over the past 100 years. Because of our unique place in the history of children's books in...
      

Happy birthday, dear Beatrix

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On this 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, I count myself lucky to have met a handful of people who knew her in her later years, when she was most decidedly not Beatrix Potter, but Mrs. William Heelis. By the time she married at age 47, she was beginning to...
      

Bertha's apartment

I just discovered some new Horn Book history trivia.While putting away some papers that have been piling up, I found a printout of Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony’s March 12, 1924 passport.I've looked at it before, most recently when we needed to confirm her height (contemporaries' accounts say she was...
      

Marcia Brown letter to Bertha Mahony Miller (undated)

To Bertha E. Miller, for some time "Early one morning in the spring", with very much appreciation.Marcia BrownDear Mrs. MillerI want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and how much it meant to me to hear your speech recalling Elizabeth Miller, Mukeiji, and the others, whom I...
      

Moving moment No. 12

Elf on the shelf. Her nephew told me I was making Bertha laugh in Heaven, so that's something....
      

Book caravan

Last week we received a permissions request from librarian Orty Ortwein to accompany his article on the Book Caravan, brainchild of Mother Horn Book Bertha Mahony Miller. It put us in a nostalgic mood, so here's some more information about Horn Book history: articles about the Book Caravan, the Bookshop...
      

Our Bertha

I'm over at Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month today,  talking about Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller. See also my review of a new picture book biography of one of Bertha's great friends, Miss Moore (Thought Otherwise).For more on Bertha Mahony Miller, see our Virtual History Exhibit and the tag...
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