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What Would Robin Do?

I’m new to the Calling Caldecott team, so I figured I’d better learn as much as I could about how The Committee evaluates picture books (having never served on the committee). In looking back at old posts, I found blog co-founder Robin Smith — not surprisingly — contributed lots of helpful,...

The MVP Award

PRESENTED TO MARTHA V. PARRAVANO "Keeper of the Horn Book Flame"   On May 5, 2023, Martha retired from her position as book review editor after a decades-long career at the Horn Book. We are honored to present her with the first (and only) MVP Award for her expertise in...

Mother's Day 2023

Not breaking news, but motherhood is hard (fatherhood, too; check back next month). Of course it's also all the good stuff — rewarding, gratifying, exhilarating, heartwarming — but easy it is not; and, to borrow from The Princess Bride, "anyone* who says differently is selling something." Mother's Day is this Sunday, May...


It is with hugely mixed emotions that I announce the retirement of Martha V. Parravano as Book Review Editor on Friday, May 5, 2023. A longtime/lifelong (!) Horn Booker, she is known as "keeper of the Horn Book flame" (--Editor Emeritus Roger Sutton). Pause. For. Weeping. But now the very good news:...

Phyllis J. Fogelman (1933-2022)

We were very sorry to hear about the death of Phyllis J. Fogelman, one of the “Great Ladies” of children’s publishing, on December 18, 2022. In a phone call earlier this week with her close friend (and former husband) agent Shelly Fogelman, he reiterated her groundbreaking contributions to the field...

Five questions for new Horn Book Editor in Chief Elissa Gershowitz

After twenty-five years as editor in chief, Roger Sutton semi-retired from the Horn Book at the end of 2021. Earlier this month, Elissa Gershowitz, who had been acting EIC, was named the Horn Book's eighth editor in chief. Roger asks Five Questions of his longtime (since 2006) fellow Horn Booker: 1. Growing...

Five Questions for Lizzo's Library of Congress Hosts

In addition to being a GRAMMY, NAACP Image Award, and MTV Award-winning songwriter and recording artist, Lizzo trained as a classical flutist. Since she hit the global music scene, her fans have been treated to flute cameos during Lizzo shows and occasional flute-related entertainment on her social feeds. Her visit...

Elissa Gershowitz Named Editor in Chief of The Horn Book

On Monday, October 3, 2022, MSI Information Services announced the appointment of Elissa Gershowitz as the new Editor in Chief of The Horn Book, Inc.  Gershowitz has served as interim EIC since January 2022, upon the semi-retirement of longtime Editor in Chief Roger Sutton (now Editor Emeritus). Her work with The...

Tribute to Patricia MacLachlan

Dear Patio, I finally dreamed about you. It was a dream within a dream. “What are you working on?” you asked. “Your eulogy,” I answered. “Oh LeeLee, you can do that,” you said. “Pad, I miss our daily phone calls. I wish I could talk to you.” “Just write me...

Eloise Greenfield (1929-2021)

The inimitable and beloved poet, author, and memoirist Eloise Greenfield has passed away at the age of 92. Teaching for Change offers a beautiful remembrance. See also her 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award speech; "Lift Every Voice: Words and Music" from the May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special...

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