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Happy Birthday to Me (and Maybe You?): A Note from Me (Oct 26, 2021)

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Dear friends: Today is my sixty-fifth birthday, and my present to myself (and maybe some of you!) is my retirement from the role of Editor in Chief of the Horn Book, Inc., effective December 31 of this year. Why? Because I’ve been at it for more than twenty-five years and...

Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021)

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Everybody here at the Horn Book is deeply saddened by the death of Jerry Pinkney, a great Friend of the Horn Book for many decades. I had just talked to Jerry, along with Rosemary Wells, for a Talks With Roger interview about their new picture book The Welcome Chair, which...

A Note from Me (Oct 8, 2021)

Hello my long-neglected friends: What’s that sad excuse for an excuse we use nowadays? Oh yes: “…but LIFE got in the way.” That. Sorry I have been absent from your inboxes these past several weeks. (I’m reminded of how Joan Didion would begin letters that had lain too long unanswered:...

November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration from The Message: The Extraordinary Journey of an Ordinary Text Message by Michael Emberley. The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine: When I Wake Up by Seth Fishman; illus. by Jessixa Bagley (Greenwillow) The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear; illus. by Gracey...

A Note from Me (Aug 20, 2021)

Dear friends: Happy Anniversary to me! Yes, Richard and I officially tied the knot* ten years ago today. And to continue in the same nuptial vein: congratulations to eternal friend of the Horn Book Katie Bircher, who got married** to her guy Wilber (who apparently has thus far successfully resisted...

A Note from Me (Aug 6, 2021)

Dear friends: While I wish I could tell you I’ve been off the grid for the past month in some fabulous wilderness outpost, the reasons for my absence from your inboxes are far more mundane: Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. I’m avoiding at least three more as I type. But that’s how...

September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration from Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker; illus. by Ekua Holmes. The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine. Maybe… by Chris Haughton (Candlewick)  A House by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) Bright Star by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Holiday) Hurricane by John Rocco (Little, Brown)  Oscar’s Tower of Flowers by Lauren Tobia (Candlewick) Dream Street by...

Barbara Bader (1927-2021)

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We were saddened to learn from her daughter Emily that Barbara Bader died earlier this week. Barbara was a Horn Book stalwart and one of the "Great Ladies" of our publication. The September/October issue of the Magazine will include an appreciation (and see Kevin Henkes's own, from 2018); and you...

A Note from Me (Jul 2, 2021)

Dear friends: ALA is behind us but the speeches remain, as ever, in the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine. (Has anyone seen a copy yet? I have not.) The September/October issue is already bearing down upon us, and I don’t even want to think about the amount of...
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