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Blowing the Horn: Our World of Books

My son John, who is not only a voracious reader but has also had the opportunity to meet many writers, librarians, editors, and ­publishers, said to me once, “You know, Mom, how lucky you are. You get to work with the best people in the world.” I do know that,...

Blowing the Horn: Future and Past

"My hope is that in the future there will be more and more diversity in children's literature so that kids of all different backgrounds can see their cultures and histories depicted in the books they read." Illustration (c) 2024 by Duncan Tonatiuh. From the May/June 2024 special issue of The...

Blowing the Horn: the Benevolence of Crickets

As a wide-eyed debut author in the century before this one, I had a kind of breathless regard for The Horn Book Magazine. It was partly the trim size, which somehow gave it a booklike heft and purpose. It was also the infrequency of its appearances — just six times...

Preview July/August 2024 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards

Special Issue: ALA Awards. Cover art by Vashti Harrison…to be revealed at ALA! Stop by booth 1638 to help complete the puzzle. “The Year in Words and Pictures.” The Horn Book editors discuss the children’s book landscape and the books that pushed boundaries this year. Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Children's Literature...

Blowing the Horn: The Gold Issue: (and why a glow-in-the-dark Horn Book is NOT a good idea)

It was a glistening gift that sparked an unforgettable celebration. In 2019, as the Coretta Scott King Book Awards approached their ­fiftieth anniversary, I called Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton with an idea: to create a commemorative issue solely devoted to the history, legacy, and future of the...

Blowing the Horn: An' they hollo'd, and they blew their horns...

"An' they hollo'd, and they blew their horns, and general book pandemonium ensued..." Illustration (c) 2024 by Barbara McClintock. From the May/June 2024 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Our Centennial. For more Horn Book centennial coverage, click here. Find more in the "Blowing the Horn" series here. Art...

Blowing the Horn: This Is MAJOR

With Scott Green, Colonial Williamsburg's "Benedict Arnold." Photo courtesy of Steve Sheinkin. Back in June 2011, well before I was making a living as a writer, I got an email from Deirdre Langeland, my editor for The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which had come out the previous fall. The subject line...

Blowing the Horn: A Gathering of Excellence

M. T. Anderson: The first time I went to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, I was overwhelmed. I was a young man with only a couple of novels out, which had sold only a handful of copies, mainly to wincing relatives. This was back when YA was still considered the...

Blowing the Horn: A Necessary Vessel

The author's childhood copy. Photo: Minh Lê. One of my favorite childhood picture books was A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams. In it, a community rallies to help a family following a devastating fire. Then, looking to move forward from the wreckage, the family starts collecting coins...
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