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So Long, Farewell: A Salute to Roger Sutton

“Do what you think best.” Roger Sutton says that more often than you’d think when his coworkers ask for his opinion. Not to say he doesn’t occasionally put his foot down (“Over my dead body”), but he’s always up for discussion and debate, and he always listens. In his editorials,...

Editorial: The Best Job in the World (January/February 2022)

Back in 1996, when I accepted the position of editor in chief at the Horn Book, I told my new boss Duncan Todd that I would stay for five years. Ha! It’s been more than twenty-five years since then, and it’s time for someone else to have a go. By...

Table of Contents: January/February 2022 Horn Book Magazine

Cover © 2022 by Sydney Smith.   Features So Long, Farewell by Horn Book editors A salute to Roger Sutton in his final issue as editor in chief. Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors Our choices for the best books of 2021. Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards BGHB Awards Gallery...

Board Book Roundup: Young at Heart

The conventional wisdom is that board books are for birth to three years, and I’m a firm believer that board books need to be developmentally appropriate for their audience (see my November/December 2019 column “Board Books Build Brains”). Board books are, at their core, for babies and toddlers. But is...

Bad Books (and How I've Learned to Love Them)

Here’s a story: George the pig is polite, conscientious, and helpful. He’s almost perfect, really, except for one flaw that seems very piglike and not unusual at all: he eats too much. So when tempted by boxes of doughnuts his mother has baked for the “Pigtown Ladies’ Popcorn Festival and...

Preview January/February 2022 Horn Book Magazine

Original cover art by Sydney Smith. Roger Sutton’s final issue as editor in chief. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2021. Coverage of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards virtual celebration: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos. David Wiesner’s Mary Nagel Sweetser lecture on how to read a...

Happy Anniversary: All-of-a-Kind Family

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, illustrated by Helen John, was published by Follett in 1951, the first in a series of five novels. Taylor became the namesake for an award administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries for books for young people that “authentically portray the Jewish experience.” Here, Schneider...

Holiday High Notes 2021

Season’s greetings from the Horn Book staff! Here’s our annual list of recommended holiday books. (See also the reviews of Hanukkah/Christmas story Red and Green and Blue and White and The People Remember for Kwanzaa in the November/December 2021 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.) Leah’s Star by Margaret Bateson-Hill;...

When Failure Is Not an Option: Connecting the Dots with STEM

A few years ago, I was asked to give the keynote address as part of a daylong STEM workshop for middle-grade science teachers. I suggested inviting a NASA specialist for a separate virtual session. It wasn’t the first time I’d done that. While conducting a session on planets for fourth...
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