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Pick Your Favorite March/April Horn Book Magazine Cover!

Cover Madness continues! Next up are twenty-four years of March/April covers. 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.   Click on any magazine cover to...

The Newbery and Art

When most people think of the Newbery Award, they think of words, not art. After all, the Newbery criteria stipulate that “the committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when...

Additional ALA Awards 2022

  Alex Award [for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences] Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki (Tor/Tom Doherty Associates/Macmillan) The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin (Harper Perennial/HarperCollins) The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec, ACE (Berkley/Penguin Random House) The Library of...

Horn Book Magazine Covers

Randolph Caldecott was The Horn Book Magazine‘s first — and for decades only — cover artist. Then in 1985 another picture book master, Maurice Sendak, took over the task for a few issues, leading the way for a whole new crop of talented contributors. Much of their work is on view...

A Profile of Children's Literature Legacy Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve known Jacqueline Woodson for years, but even before we met, when I read Last Summer with Maizon (1990), Jackie’s first book, I knew a special writer had arrived on the children’s literature scene. Although the full extent of the depth and breadth of her talent may not have been...

Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2018

Table of ContentsFeaturesChildren’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Jacqueline WoodsonA profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor"Devoted to Diversity" by Shoshana FlaxPublishers with a purpose.ColumnsEditorial"The Right to Read by Yourself" by Roger SuttonLaura Ingalls Wilder’s legacy and the radical act of trusting child readers.Board Book Roundup"Treasure Hunting in the Public...

Don’t Tell the Ending! What Makes a Good Ending?

We hear a lot about how stories should end: the ending should be inevitable, and yet we shouldn’t be able to guess exactly how it will occur (see Macbeth). It should be consistent with the story’s other elements (see Romeo & Juliet). It should make us cry without embarrassment (see...

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