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Editorial: It's Time to Light the Lights (November/December 2021)

Hanukkah starts early this year — November 28 — so I hope that leaves you enough time (supply chain problems notwithstanding) to benefit from our annual Holiday High Notes recommendations. This year saw a cheeringly large ­number of winter holiday–themed titles. On page 18 you’ll find a selection of our...

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...

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...

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...

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.)...

From the Editor - July 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and finding enough to read (we can help). That’s it; go forth and read. From the July 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book....

Editorial: House Party (July/August 2021)

While still all abuzz about our May/June special issue, which celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award and Latinx literature for young people, we started working on July/August, our annual ALA Awards special issue. In 2019, we’d marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards...

From the Editor - June 2021

Mark the date, June 23rd, to come to Hbook.com and watch my announcement of the winners of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Our three judges (Shoshana Flax, Nicholl Denice Montgomery, and Luann Toth as chair) worked thoughtfully and prodigiously to bring us a stellar roster of winners this year,...

2021 Summer Reading Recommendations

Horn Book Summer Reading fans may notice something special about 2021’s list: it’s super-sized! Instead of recommending our usual top ten books for different age ranges (including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry), all published 2020–2021 and ideal for the season, we’re providing thirteen of each. With COVID-19 having upended summer...
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