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From the Editor - May 2024

I’m not one to pick favorites, but May (Mother’s Day! my birthday!) may be my favorite month. As may be the new May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Our Centennial, with foldout cover by April Harrison from Go Forth and Tell, written by Breanna J. McDaniel. The Horn Book’s May/June...

Editorial: Bertha's Chair? (May/June 2024)

Soon after his (semi)-retirement, Roger Sutton met me on the steps of Simmons University, where our offices were located, to hand off a chair. Not just any chair: Bertha’s chair, which had belonged to the Horn Book’s founder, Bertha Mahony Miller. It sat in Roger’s office, too rickety for people...

2024 Summer Reading Recommendations

Let's Go! © 2024 by Julie Flett. I’m not a skateboarder, but it sure looks like fun in Julie Flett’s picture book Let’s Go! (at right). It’s a story about a kid mustering the courage to try something new (using Mom’s childhood skateboard!) and then finding — and helping build...

From the Editor - March 2024

With NCAA March Madness beginning this week (go Tar Heels!), we thought we’d have our own fun with Horn Book Cover Madness. We’re currently in the finals of January/February covers — Mavor v. Smith — and there’s still time to vote for your favorite; if ever there were a “no...

Editorial: Once Upon... (March/April 2024)

This is like no issue of the Horn Book you’ve ever seen. Just look at that cover! The last time we featured photography on the cover was May/June 2016, for our “Collaborations” special issue. Here our centennial mini-theme is “Poetry & ­Folklore,” with collaborations, serendipitously, running all the way through....

From the Editor - February 2024

Our second “Cover to Cover” event with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has just been announced! “Reimagining Familiar Stories with Different Faces” features March/April Horn Book cover artist Kristen Joy Emack discussing her photo-essay centering a diverse group of teens in fairy tales. The talk — virtual...

From the Editor - January 2024

Earlier today Calling Caldecott announced the winner of its MOCK award, Big by Vashti Harrison, with honor books An American Story and There Was a Party for Langston; all superb choices! This coming Monday, January 22, we’ll know the winners of the actual 2024 Caldecott Medal and of the other...

Editorial, First Issue, 2024 (January/February 2024)

At long last: welcome to the very first issue of our second century! The Horn Book Magazine began publication in 1924 (in October, but who’s counting?) as an offshoot of The ­Bookshop for Boys and Girls in Boston, one of the first ­children’s bookstores in the country. No one can...

From the Editor - November 2023

We hope you enjoyed our first-ever virtual live Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony on November 3! It’s now available free on demand for all to watch (or rewatch!) my conversation with Angeline Boulley, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Jack Wong, and to hear their acceptance speeches and those of all the...
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