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Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021)

Everybody here at the Horn Book is deeply saddened by the death of Jerry Pinkney, a great Friend of the Horn Book for many decades. I had just talked to Jerry, along with Rosemary Wells, for a Talks With Roger interview about their new picture book The Welcome Chair, which...

A Note from Me (Oct 8, 2021)

Hello my long-neglected friends: What’s that sad excuse for an excuse we use nowadays? Oh yes: “…but LIFE got in the way.” That. Sorry I have been absent from your inboxes these past several weeks. (I’m reminded of how Joan Didion would begin letters that had lain too long unanswered:...

November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration from The Message: The Extraordinary Journey of an Ordinary Text Message by Michael Emberley. The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2021 Horn Book Magazine: When I Wake Up by Seth Fishman; illus. by Jessixa Bagley (Greenwillow) The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear; illus. by Gracey...

A Note from Me (Aug 20, 2021)

Dear friends: Happy Anniversary to me! Yes, Richard and I officially tied the knot* ten years ago today. And to continue in the same nuptial vein: congratulations to eternal friend of the Horn Book Katie Bircher, who got married** to her guy Wilber (who apparently has thus far successfully resisted...

A Note from Me (Aug 6, 2021)

Dear friends: While I wish I could tell you I’ve been off the grid for the past month in some fabulous wilderness outpost, the reasons for my absence from your inboxes are far more mundane: Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. I’m avoiding at least three more as I type. But that’s how...

September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration from Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker; illus. by Ekua Holmes. The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine. Maybe… by Chris Haughton (Candlewick)  A House by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) Bright Star by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Holiday) Hurricane by John Rocco (Little, Brown)  Oscar’s Tower of Flowers by Lauren Tobia (Candlewick) Dream Street by...

Barbara Bader (1927-2021)

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We were saddened to learn from her daughter Emily that Barbara Bader died earlier this week. Barbara was a Horn Book stalwart and one of the "Great Ladies" of our publication. The September/October issue of the Magazine will include an appreciation (and see Kevin Henkes's own, from 2018); and you...

A Note from Me (Jul 2, 2021)

Dear friends: ALA is behind us but the speeches remain, as ever, in the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine. (Has anyone seen a copy yet? I have not.) The September/October issue is already bearing down upon us, and I don’t even want to think about the amount of...

A Note from Me (Jun 25, 2021)

Dear friends: How about them Boston Globe–Horn Book winners? Nothing like good news on a Wednesday to make people happy. Thank you again to our judges Luann Toth (chair), Shoshana Flax, and Nicholl Denice Montgomery; and thank you to our winners’ publishers for hearing the news with such happiness. I...
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