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From the Editor - October 2021

We’re celebrating the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards this month at hbook.com; currently midway through Picture Book week, with Nonfiction up next. Please see my welcome post and video for a full schedule and links to our coverage. And look forward to the January/February 2022 issue of the Horn Book...

Preview November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Paul O. Zelinsky from Red and Green and Blue and White, written by Lee Wind. Leonard S. Marcus remembers Eric Carle, 1929–2021. “When Failure Is Not an Option”: Christine Taylor-Butler on sparking creativity and making connections with diverse STEM experts. Eric Rohmann reflects on “Bad Books (and...

How a Prelingual Deaf Child Learned to Love Books

There have been several major studies in recent decades about the benefits of reading picture books to profoundly deaf children with delayed literacy skills. Often, the kids are compared to their average-hearing peers, and, though this may be perplexing to some, their skills have not been found wanting. Cheri L....

From the Editor - September 2021

September brings us an annual…celebration? Rite of passage? Holy Day of Obligation? I refer to the first day of school, loved and loathed in probably equal measure. (And that’s just by the teachers.) See our list of great books that acknowledge this momentous occasion and the power of the school...

The Writer's Page: Imagining Our Way to the Other Side: Children's Literature and Radical Imagination

In a 2020 essay called “The Pandemic Is a Portal,” novelist and ­activist Arundhati Roy wrote, Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can...

My Father's Final Lesson - The Zena Sutherland Lecture

The idea of giving a lecture is kind of funky for me. So I will do what I always do, which is just tell you a story. Anyone who knows me knows I love my mama. But when I was thinking about what I wanted to talk about today, I...

Editorial: Barbara Bader 1927–2021 (September/October 2021)

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I was very sorry to learn from her daughter about the death of longtime Horn Book contributor Barbara Bader, who passed away on July 11th in Seattle, just a week before what would have been her ninety-fourth birthday. When I began at the Horn Book in 1996, the Magazine had...

Table of Contents: September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine

Cover from Pumpkin Heads! Illustration © 2000 by Wendell Minor.   Features My Father’s Final Lesson by Jason Reynolds The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture. The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin An excerpt from Yelchin’s forthcoming ­middle-grade memoir; see also starred review on page 129. How a Prelingual Deaf...

From the Editor - August 2021

Notwithstanding COVID-19 and its restrictions, I hope all kids this year will still get some semblance of a First Day of School. They all deserve it. Hell, we all deserve it, a day for reset, reinvention, renewal. (And anxiety, of course, but that seems like everybody’s default setting already anyway.)...
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