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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...

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,...

Editorial: (Re)Claiming Our Literature (May/June 2021)

Welcome to our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award, founded in 1996 by REFORMA and the American Library Association to honor Latino and Latina creators of children’s and young adult literature whose work “best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.” But before I pass...

From the Editor - April 2021

It is National Poetry Month, and the books selected by our editors for this issue of Notes remind me of how pliable our definition of poetry has had to become: it can be poetry-poetry, as in the collections by Naomi Shihab Nye, Jack Prelutsky, and Nikki Grimes reviewed above; but...
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