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Hbook Podcast 1.24 – Special Guest Editor Karen Boss

Podcast the 24th in which Siân chats with Charlesbridge Publishing editor Karen Boss about acquisitions, books, and (not a little bit of) travel. Books we talk about Kate Messner’s The Seventh Wish Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake’s BFG Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls Roger Priddy’s First 100 Words Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s Goodnight Moon Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown […]

Real People

by Ann A. Flowers Those who remember the earnest, carefully bowdlerized, extremely boring biographies of their childhoods must be happy with the advent of some glorious, carefully researched, handsomely presented, and fun-to-read biographies being published today. It is hard to say whether the times — so much more open to the straightforward presentation of human […]

Silver Lining in a Big, Black Cloud

by Ann A. Flowers We are in the midst of an immense increase in the number of children’s books being published. Such a circumstance, in many ways happy, has been brought about by a number of factors: an increase in the juvenile population, new methods of teaching that emphasize the use of trade children’s books, […]

A New and Original Venture

by Ann A. Flowers It is a pleasure to present the first issue of The Horn Book Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Books, a periodical based on the entirely new premise of including short critical annotations of all hard-cover trade children’s and young adult books published in the United States in one season — […]

Horn Book Guide | editorial

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 […]

Could Randolph Caldecott Win the Caldecott Medal?

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 his career in children’s […]

Art and Text — And Context

In an editorial last year I wrote about some disquieting aspects of contemporary picture book publishing. But equally dismaying — perhaps even more so in these times of economic stringency — is the mania for publishing modern classics of children’s literature in lush, expensive, newly illustrated editions. Are we genuinely concerned with books for children, […]

“Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh”

In a strange way, every day is a day of gift-giving for those who work with children and books. Such words, of course, should be no more than whispered; for who can endure to think that he or she has made a routine of what should be spontaneous? But if we permit our thoughts to […]

Information and Knowledge

Editorial by Ruth Hill Viguers With the season of graduations upon us we will be hearing many speeches extolling wisdom and the other virtues that young people will need for their roles in the future. Recently I heard a speaker explain that “bookishness” was not enough, that book knowledge had to be teamed with knowledge […]

To Save Time

Editorial by Jennie D. Lindquist As I write this 1956 is just ending. There is much on the radio about the Hungarian refugees who have come and are coming to this country, and I am wondering what 1957, their first year in America, will mean, particularly to the children among them. What do we want it […]