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Blowing the Horn: Meeting Mary

Fifteen years ago, I wrote an essay for The Horn Book Magazine, “Brave Orphans, Smelly Boys, and Girls Named Katie.” It began, “I was never a girly girl. But I loved reading about girls” — especially ones who were high spirited and misunderstood, like me. These novels, I explained, got...
      

Bookshop for Boys and Girls stamp

Look what came out of the box! Two books by Louisa May Alcott: With stamped endpapers from the Bookshop for Boys and Girls!  Thanks to a librarian friend (who chose to remain anonymous ;) for sending them along! Find lots more about our history and Horn Book Centennial celebration throughout 2024. ...
      

Blowing the Horn: A Doorway In

To think that I have been reading The Horn Book Magazine for half of its lifetime! As a sophomore at the University at Albany about fifty years ago, I talked my way into a course in children’s literature offered by the graduate school of library science. The professor perched nimbly...
      

Blowing the Horn: Reaching for the Stars

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. Single copies of this special issue are available for $15.00 including postage and may be ordered from: Horn Book Magazine...
      

Blowing the Horn: What Hope Is

When my first picture book was published over two decades ago, I had simply hoped to bring the story of one relatively unknown Negro League baseball pitcher to young readers. I wasn’t a fan of baseball, so I was pretty sure that was the reason I’d never heard of this...
      

May/June Cover Madness Winner!

Congratulations to Grace Lin's 2022 May/June Horn Book Magazine cover! Lin, 2010 Newbery honoree for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, created this stunning cover for the Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial. Click here to read a little backstory behind the creation of this very special cover.       Come back...
      

Blowing the Horn: The Ribbon of Love

Who would we be without the stories we read as children — or the stories we read to our children, and to our grandchildren? This is the truth: when we read our beloved stories out loud to children, cozy, side-by-side, the ribbon of love wraps around us. Together, we become...
      

Blowing the Horn: Architecture of the Imagination

My hope for the children’s book industry and the Horn Book is that both will continue to create and expose children to books that widen their world, not narrow it. Illustration (c) 2012 by Christy Hale from Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building. Shared with permission of the publisher, Lee...
      

Blowing the Horn: From the Creativity of Survival to the Creativity of Freedom

For people whose identities are marginalized in mainstream culture, some of our most memorable experiences from childhood are painful and confusing: the times when we felt different or devalued, but we couldn’t express our feelings and therefore couldn’t get help to process them. They had nowhere to go, no outlet,...
      

From the Editor - May 2024

I’m not one to pick favorites, but May (Mother’s Day! my birthday!) may be my favorite month. As may be the new May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Our Centennial, with foldout cover by April Harrison from Go Forth and Tell, written by Breanna J. McDaniel. The Horn Book’s May/June...
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