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Blowing the Horn: An' they hollo'd, and they blew their horns...

"An' they hollo'd, and they blew their horns, and general book pandemonium ensued..." Illustration (c) 2024 by Barbara McClintock. From the May/June 2024 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Our Centennial. For more Horn Book centennial coverage, click here. Find more in the "Blowing the Horn" series here. Art...
      

Blowing the Horn: This Is MAJOR

With Scott Green, Colonial Williamsburg's "Benedict Arnold." Photo courtesy of Steve Sheinkin. Back in June 2011, well before I was making a living as a writer, I got an email from Deirdre Langeland, my editor for The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which had come out the previous fall. The subject line...
      

July/August Cover Madness, Round 3!

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The votes are in for the second round of July/August Cover Madness, and we move on to round 3! Pick your favorite of the final two choices — let us know your choice in the comments! Come back next week to see which cover was voted the winning July/August cover from the last twenty-four years! ...
      

Blowing the Horn: A Gathering of Excellence

M. T. Anderson: The first time I went to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, I was overwhelmed. I was a young man with only a couple of novels out, which had sold only a handful of copies, mainly to wincing relatives. This was back when YA was still considered the...
      

Preview July/August 2024 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards

Special Issue: ALA Awards. Cover art by Vashti Harrison…to be revealed at ALA! Stop by booth 1638 to help complete the puzzle. “The Year in Words and Pictures.” The Horn Book editors discuss the children’s book landscape and the books that pushed boundaries this year. Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Children's Literature...
      

Blowing the Horn: A Necessary Vessel

The author's childhood copy. Photo: Minh Lê. One of my favorite childhood picture books was A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams. In it, a community rallies to help a family following a devastating fire. Then, looking to move forward from the wreckage, the family starts collecting coins...
      

Blowing the Horn: Right It

We have it all Brilliance, talent, artists, writers, philosophers, scholars, educators, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, Activists, and me Illustration (c) by Frank Morrison. From the May/June 2024 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Our Centennial. For more Horn Book centennial coverage, click here. Find more in the "Blowing the Horn"...
      

Blowing the Horn: Gratitude and Hopes

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Roger Sutton. Photo courtesy of Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. My most personal memories of the Horn Book began in 2012 when Andrew Karre, my editor at Lerner Books, called with news that No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem...
      

Blowing the Horn: My Grandmother, the Horn Book, and Me

Betty Flocken with Elizabeth Wein in 1968. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Wein. In 1972, when I was seven years old, I lived in Jamaica. My ­Pennsylvanian grandmother, Betty Flocken, sent me a new book every month. When Beverly Cleary’s Ellen Tebbits arrived, I read it in a single afternoon. That...
      

July/August Cover Madness, Round 2!

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The votes are in for the first round of July/August Cover Madness, and we move on to round 2! Pick your favorite from each group — let us know your choices in the comments! Come back next week to see which covers advance to the next round. Read the Cover Madness rules here....
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