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By Anita Silvey “A magazine devoted to books must always consider ways of keeping its character vital and fresh . . . . But the artist wants and needs the resistance of the intelligent, appreciative, but honest and salty judge of his work,” Bertha Mahony Miller once wrote. To continue the ideal of keeping Horn Book vital, we are […]

The Friendship: Author Mildred D. Taylor’s 1988 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

by Mildred Taylor I am pleased and honored to accept the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for The Friendship (Dial). It is an honor for me, and it is an honor to the memory of my father, for The Friendship is drawn from one of the many stories that he told me. Over the years he […]

Metamorphosis

by Natalie Babbitt It has been my lifelong wish that there was no such thing as change — outward change, anyway. I like things familiar and predictable. Yet, from the very beginning, my life has been made up of repeated outward changes. I have moved twenty-two times. The humblest dandelion has more tangible roots than […]

Arnold Lobel

By James Marshall We are here this morning to honor a great artist and a wonderful man, a man we will miss as long as we live and an artist who has left a body of work that contains some of the most loved, admired, and beautifully crafted books ever published. John Cheever said that […]

Nancy Drew and Her Rivals: No Contest (Part II)

What seem to me to be the telling differences between Nancy and her cohorts fall, very roughly, into two categories. The first is autonomy; the second is a steady, profound, but largely covert and, I think, largely inadvertent feminism. Harriet Adams’s imitators didn’t miss the point about autonomy — which was, after all, plain as […]

Nancy Drew and Her Rivals: No Contest (Part I)

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Harriet S. Adams may have been, next to Hemingway, the most sincerely flattered author of the 1930s. Though her father, Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, originated the Nancy Drew mystery series with three books published shortly before his death in 1930, thereafter, according to […]

William Steig’s Horn Book Magazine cover

William Steig’s Horn Book Magazine cover from November/December 1986 through September/October 1987

Could Randolph Caldecott Win the Caldecott Medal?

by Anita Silvey With this editorial I do not mean to cast aspersion on this year’s Caldecott choice or on any particular choice of the Caldecott Committee over the past dozen years but to talk about a trend in the selection process. Since I worked with and supported Chris Van Allsburg during the beginning of […]

Could Randolph Caldecott Win the Caldecott Medal?

by Anita Silvey With this editorial I do not mean to cast aspersion on this year’s Caldecott choice or on any particular choice of the Caldecott Committee over the past dozen years but to talk about a trend in the selection process. Since I worked with and supported Chris Van Allsburg during the beginning of […]

Susan Cooper Letter to Anita Silvey (June 7, 1986)

7 June 1986 Dear Anita, Here’s my Second Look at THE NARGUN AND THE STARS. It’s 1150 words by my count; hope it will do. Just one plea: if anything is changed, even a comma, I’d like to approve it first. And if you share your predecessors’ determination never to publish a colon without capitalizing […]