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Sitting in Bertha’s Chair

IF ONLY!! Okay, this book we announced on April 1st is not a real memoir. And not all of the “facts” we revealed are true (see: factoid, “a piece of unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual…” from American Heritage Dictionary). But some of them are! See below for details. […]

Happy 20th anniversary, Roger!

UPDATE: APRIL FOOL!!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE. Sitting in Bertha Mahony Miller’s chair for the past two decades hasn’t always been comfortable, but I wasn’t hired to make people comfortable. For me, it’s a physical reminder of my mission in the field of children’s books. —from Sitting in Bertha’s Chair by Roger Sutton, editor in […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day 2016

On the occasion of Dr. Seuss’s birthday — and Read Across America Day — Shoshana has written a brief ode. (And that’s her ear.) The sun doesn’t shine, and it’s too wet to play, but today makes The Horn Book say “Hip, hip, hooray!” A Seussian birthday! We’re sending three cheers! In fact, we have […]

Tuck, then, now, and always

Well, it’s just past the first week of August, but it’s always a good time to visit with old (in this case, very, very old) friends. This year marks the 40th publication anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. FSG/Square Fish put out a lovely new hardcover edition — with a foreword by Gregory Maguire — […]

Alice’s adventures in panorama

by Alex Mazariegos Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a stone-cold classic in the world of children’s literature, and I’ll hear no words to the contrary. The original Tenniel illustrations, however, are a different beast entirely. His renderings of Alice and crew do fit the tone of story at times, but it’s always nice […]

To Alice on her 150th birthday

Frequent HB contributor and Alice super-fan Monica Edinger was kind enough to report back from the Morgan Library’s Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland exhibit so that we non-New Yorkers can experience it vicariously. The exhibit is part of a worldwide celebration of the 150th publication anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A little more Alice love […]

Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland

As may be evident from the name of my blog (educating alice) and recent Horn Book article (“Alice, the Transformer”), I’m a lifelong fan of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. Naturally, I’m having a blast celebrating this year’s 150th anniversary of the publication of the first book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, along with other people all […]

Charlie at fifty

Veruca Salt is old enough now that she could be spoiling her own grandchildren somewhere. But she’s probably still keeping all the chocolate to herself. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turns fifty this year, and publishers are taking notice. Original publisher Alfred A. Knopf commemorates the occasion with a formidably sized fiftieth anniversary edition with, […]

Happy birthday, Harry!

Happy birthday to one of kidlit’s most beloved and backlashed big-name characters, Harry Potter! (He’d be thirty-four this year. Holy hippogriff.) The Horn Book has had a lot to say — good, bad, and damn, these books are long — about The Boy Who Lived over the years. Here’s a roundup of reviews, articles, and […]

Happy birthday, Helen Keller!

Today is Helen Keller’s birthday! She would have turned 133 today and her legacy lives on as an important figure in American history. While most remember her as a prominent individual with a disability, she was also an activist who advocated for people with disabilities as well as women’s suffrage and workers’ rights. And, she […]