Happy Birthday to Me (and Maybe You?): A Note from Me (Oct 26, 2021)

Dear friends:

Today is my sixty-fifth birthday, and my present to myself (and maybe some of you!) is my retirement from the role of Editor in Chief of the Horn Book, Inc., effective December 31 of this year. Why? Because I’ve been at it for more than twenty-five years and it’s time for someone else to have a turn. (A job listing is forthcoming from the brass.) However, I will not be leaving your inboxes anytime soon, as I will continue with my pal Al to conduct the Talks with Roger and Publishers’ Previews advertorial interviews, AND I’m helping to get the Horn Book ready for its centenary celebrations in 2024.

While I’m sure that in the next two months I will come to bore you all mightily with reminiscences about the last quarter-century (heh; back in 1996 I told Duncan Todd I would stay at the Horn Book no more than five years), let’s keep our focus for now on today. We are wrapping up our celebration of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards; Calling Caldecott is holding forth (with two tributes last week to the great Jerry Pinkney, RIP); Kitty is beavering away at her Book Bundles; and Halloween is upon us. Grab some of the good candy (no “fun size,” pfft) and read a book. I’m currently in the middle of My President and Birthday Twin Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny’s State of Terror and having a ball. May you find something just as fun. (SEE? Two months from semi-retirement and already my grammar is shot.)



Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton

Editor Emeritus Roger Sutton was editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., from 1996-2021. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his MA in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a BA from Pitzer College in 1978.

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Happy wishes for your birthday (belated) and career shift--you have much to celebrate! I have been reading your reviews, articles, blogs, and books for many years, and have alwasy enjoyed, trusted, needed, marveled, adn apprefciated your writing, your insights, your intelligence, and your humor. There is no one like you out there and I hope you never put down your pen or cease sharing. Don't go! With much appreciation and many thanks for all the brilliant and buoyant work you do!

Posted : Nov 09, 2021 02:27

Christine Taylor-Butler

I am speechless. Many blessings as you embark on your new journey. It has been a pleasure working with you and the staff.

Posted : Oct 27, 2021 12:33

Ian Singer

Congrats, Roger! I can say without any reservations that our time working together was absolutely my privilege. I learned so much from you. Your kindness, thoughtfulness, integrity and above-all your knowledge of children's literature and literacy is, and will likely remain for some time, unparalleled. Enjoy the next chapters, my friend - I look forward to learning what you'll be up to next! Affectionately yours, Ian

Posted : Oct 26, 2021 09:24

Pat Schories

Dear Roger, I hope you totally enjoy your upcoming projects (which don't actually sound like retirement at all). I have been reading the Hornbook all the years you have been editor, and look forward to every issue. My growth and maturity as an illustrator can be credited in part to all the wonderful articles and reviews in the HORNBOOK. Thank you for all your wonderful work.

Posted : Oct 26, 2021 03:23

GraceAnne DeCandido

Happy Birthday, dear Roger. Much love. Retirement is very nice. So is sharing a birthday with Hillary. You are going to have so much fun.

Posted : Oct 26, 2021 02:50



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