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Editorial: Newbery Forever? (May/June 2022)

We are tremendously grateful for the invaluable guidance and input of our illustrious consulting editor, Kathleen T. Horning, in creating this special issue on the centennial of the Newbery Award. Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is a...

2022 Summer Reading Recommendations

Welcome to the Horn Book’s annual Summer Reading list, this year supersized and coming to you in springtime. (Hi, Earth Day, April 22!) We’ve heard your feedback and are starting a month earlier, with this April issue of Notes debuting our Summer Reading goodies: Five Questions for Kat Fajardo about...

From the Editor - March 2022

Our daily coverage of Women’s History Month continues throughout March. Please join me in belatedly celebrating the March 13 birthday of the Horn Book’s founder Bertha Mahony Miller, and follow #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Twitter and Facebook. As April’s National Poetry Month approaches, I’ve been thinking about all that poetry can be...

Editorial: History in Motion (March/April 2022)

As of this writing, we are two weeks past the Youth Media Awards announcement at ALA’s newly refigured midwinter-time offering, LibLearnX. Saving the specifics for our May/June special issue commemorating the Newbery’s centennial and, as is customary, our July/August special issue featuring the Newbery, ­Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Book Award,...

From the Editor - February 2022

We’re continuing to celebrate Black History Month on hbook.com and at #HBBlackHistoryMonth on Twitter and Facebook, with engaging articles, fascinating interviews, informative reviews, and more, every day in February (including this brand-new picture-book biographies booklist). Coming in like a lion is March, which is Women’s History Month, and this issue...

From the Editor - January 2022

These works of fiction and nonfiction — all centering Black lives and reflecting a variety of perspectives and lived experiences — are excellent choices for Black History Month (and all year long!), to “augment and enrich the image libraries people carry in their hearts” per Christopher Myers in “Young Dreamers.”...

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...

From the Editor - November 2021

“I’m not sure that I know how to write for adults or how to write for children, or if there is a big difference. So when I write, I write for readers,” says Thomas King in this issue's Five Questions interview, and God bless him. We have all read books...

Editorial: It's Time to Light the Lights (November/December 2021)

Hanukkah starts early this year — November 28 — so I hope that leaves you enough time (supply chain problems notwithstanding) to benefit from our annual Holiday High Notes recommendations. This year saw a cheeringly large ­number of winter holiday–themed titles. On page 18 you’ll find a selection of our...
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