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Preview May/June 2024 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Our Centennial

Special Issue: Our Centennial Cover art by April Harrison from Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller, written by Breanna J. McDaniel. Elissa Gershowitz, Anita Silvey, and Roger Sutton discuss their experiences in the role of Horn Book editor in chief. Sujei Lugo offers...

What Poetry's For

It’s not just for nurseries. It’s not just for rhymes. It’s stories. It’s feelings. It’s wonders and crimes. Poetry’s for you. You read it. You hear it. You rap or you slam. So be into meter (as iamb, iamb!)— jump into the bounce that a pattern contains— or throw out...

Better Ask Somebody Else.

“Why,” I am asked, “is it so important for children to have poetry in their lives?” Not just “Important,” but “so important,” emphasis on that “so.” As if I knew. Is it? Is it really important for children to have poetry in their lives? In their lives how? Where would...

Tall Tales

(c) 2024 by Noah Van Sciver and Marlena Myles. From the March/April 2024 issue of The Horn Book Magazine....

"Reimagin[ing] Familiar Stories with Different Faces"

In 2018, I wrote an essay for the Horn Book about my experience having created a photo series with my then-five-year-old daughter, Apple, after she asked me, “Mama, why are most of the people in my fairy tales white?” I spent the following year photographing her in the lead roles...

Poetry & Folklore

In our Book Reviews section, between Fiction and Nonfiction, you can often find reviews of Folklore and/or Poetry. This is an “and/or” because we don’t always have both, and sometimes we have neither. Our coverage tends to ebb and flow, as do the trends in books being published. In our...

Standing in the Need of Prayer: Frank Morrison's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I’d like to thank the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Committee. Your vote truly boosted my confidence to move forward. Thanks, y’all. Working on these projects sometimes pulls from the heart. Dealing with topics that are still raw. Researching images that are so demeaning, horrific, and then having to enlighten the...

Standing in the Need of Prayer: Carole Boston Weatherford's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, Standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, Standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, Carole Boston Weatherford, glowing with gratitude: to the ancestors for creating this powerful spiritual, to editor Sonali Fry for challenging me to make the...

Remember: Michaela Goade's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

It is a great honor to receive this Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award. Aatlein gunalchéesh, thank you so much, to the awards committee for bestowing this recognition upon Remember and including it in such fine company. It was a dream to work alongside the incomparable Joy Harjo in the creation...
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