Apply for a summer Horn Book internship + meet interns Julie and Monica!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2022 internships, which will likely include a combination of remote work and in-person work in our office on the Simmons University campus.

Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office, and the gazillion digital books that enter and leave our virtual office. They unpack or upload books, format reviews, and enter books into our database — all while becoming familiar with publishing trends. They fact-check reviews, newsletters, and articles, and sometimes do some writing of their own. They take on oddball projects like poring over back issues to track down an old editorial. Oh, and they usually get free books.

We offer spring, summer, and fall internships. The next application deadline, for Summer 2022 internships, is March 21. Internships are paid (currently $14.25 per hour)  and are approximately fourteen hours per week. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Shoshana Flax (sflax at hbook dot com).

More information is available here.


Meanwhile, meet our current editorial interns Julie and Monica, who have already been a huge help to us this spring! Every semester, we ask our interns to tell us a little about themselves. (Our ulterior motive: we want to chat with them about their favorite books!)

Julie Bowden

Education: I’m in my first year of the MA/MFA in children’s literature program at Simmons. In my last career I worked as a juvenile public defender in Boston (JD from Northeastern), and a million years ago I got my BA from Barnard College in Latin American and American studies.

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Interesting fact: I love learning any kind of craft, but I tend to go in phases. For the last ten years I’ve been really into quilting and designing/sewing garments. Sewing is a fun though sometimes frustrating series of math challenges — many quilters I’ve met have engineering backgrounds!

Favorite book(s): Some of my favorite books from my own childhood (and I know this because these are the ones I saved for my own daughter) are the Ludell series (Brenda Wilkinson), a series about samurai (Lensey Namioka), and Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George). More recent favorites have been the Front Desk series (Kelly Yang), Fighting Words (Kimberly Brubaker Bradley), and anything by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Favorite genre(s): Contemporary realistic YA will always have my heart, but I’ve recently gotten more into middle grade. Occasionally I’ll pick up some adult literary fiction, but it’s usually because someone gifted it to me.

Monica de los Reyes

Education: I am currently completing my master’s in American studies at University of Massachusetts Boston, where I focus on literature, Latinx studies, and feminism. I received my bachelor’s in English from Harvard University in 2017.

Hometown: Fair Haven, NJ

Interesting fact: I love to go vinyl hunting, and my collection includes everything from psychedelic rock and blues classics to the 1981 “Barbie Christmas Album,” a holiday musical where Barbie and Ken travel to outer space.

Favorite book(s): My favorite children’s books (which are really just my favorite books of all time!) are the Frog and Toad series (especially “A List”) by Arnold Lobel, The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, and the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. My favorite non-children’s books are The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende and White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

Favorite genre(s): I love all kinds of fiction, especially historical, young adult, and fantasy, and poetry for all ages!

Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, associate editor of The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University. She has served on the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Sydney Taylor Book Award committees.

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