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The Writer's Page: A Chorus of Storytellers: Mythology and Comics

I’m fond of reminding people that Greek mythology isn’t a compendium of dead narratives about long-dead people and distant places, pulled from a dusty old book or scroll. What we now call Greek mythology is what remains of a past culture’s most sacred beliefs — a collection of living stories,...

Holiday High Notes 2022

Sleigh bells ring. People pleading for some gifts made for reading. They’re new and they’re old and festively told: stories for a winter wonderland.* Here’s our annual list of recommended illustrated holiday books, new or reissued — season’s greetings from the Horn Book staff! *with apologies to lyricist Jeremy Stuart...

Board Book Roundup: Mirrors and Holes and Flaps, Oh My!

Board books often include features that entice little fingers to pull, twist, and lift, sometimes blurring the line between book and toy. This is fine by me; little ones should play with their books! Although such board books are often called “novelty books” and derided as gimmicky, they don’t have...

From the Editor - November 2022

This is our second-to-last issue of Notes for 2022; December is our Fanfare issue — our annual “best of” list — and, spoiler alert, it’s going to be great. This issue, too, is a good one, including a selection of picture books about one of our favorite subjects: stories! And...

Editorial: What She Said (November/December 2022)

“History is freaking cool, you guys.” Lizzo being invited to the Library of ­Congress and playing President James Madison’s crystal flute and the original piccolo from John Philip Sousa’s patriotic march — now that’s cool. The Library of Congress, under the baton of Dr. Carla Hayden, proved yet again it’s...

Table of Contents: November/December 2022 Horn Book Magazine

Cover from Snow Horses. Illustration © 2022 by Micha Archer.   Features Ashley Bryan and Jerry Pinkney by Violet J. Harris Unfettered artists sharing their talents, visions, and joys.   Columns Editorial What She Said by Elissa Gershowitz Getting up close and personal with history. The Writer’s Page A Chorus...

Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn BOO! 2022 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, published seasonally. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Familiar songs, finger puppets and holes, counting, and flaps galore make...

From the Editor - October 2022

Now that the November/December issue of the Magazine is at the printer (it’s a good one!), I can look up from between deadlines and give a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who has reached out with kind words and congratulations about my being named editor in chief of The Horn Book,...

Preview November/December 2022 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Micha Archer from Snow Horses: A First Night Story, written by Patricia MacLachlan. Violet J. Harris on Ashley Bryan and Jerry Pinkney, two unfettered artists sharing their talents, visions, and joys. “A Chorus of Storytellers”: George O’Connor on mythology and comics. A roundup of 2022 board books...
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