Blowing the Horn: Toot and Shout

Happy Anniversary, Horn Book! It’s been pure joy to watch you grow over the years. I read you voraciously as I honed my writing craft. And now I jump for joy to see my books so thoughtfully reviewed by you.

I learned so much from you as an aspiring kidlit author. I would pore over your magazine to read the reviews, which were so carefully and professionally done, helping me to become a better writer though I didn’t even know it at the time. I just loved reading about the new books and what your opinions were on them. Never imagining that one day I might have books among your pages. Talk about a dream come true.

When I began reading your magazine many years ago, there were not many Native American/­Indigenous creatives in the publishing world. I rarely saw books like the ones that I wrote at the time, and I hoped for the day when that might change.

My hope for the future of children’s literature is to see more Native American/Indigenous creatives in all aspects in the world of publishing. As authors, illustrators, ­editors, agents, reviewers…and I know you will be there championing the conversation. Here’s to many more years of brilliance.

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.

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Carole Lindstrom

Carole Lindstrom's latest books include Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior (Roaring Brook, 2023) and My Powerful Hair (Abrams, 2023), and her forthcoming title is The Gift of the Great Buffalo (Bloomsbury, 2025).

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