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Happy 100th Birthday, Joe Krush

In a Venn diagram of people who have reached the notable age of one hundred, and of outstanding artists and illustrators, the intersecting circle would be quite small, and would include Joe Krush. Joe celebrates his centenary on May 18, 2018. Along with his wife Beth (1918-2009), he has left an indelible imprint on literature […]

HBD, SF!

Happy birthday to Shoshana, assistant editor extraordinaire! Here are some of our favorite sweet, silly, punny, poetic, and sometimes serious Shoshana-authored Horn Book pieces; check out her blog Walk the Ridgepole for more of her writing. (And if you feel inspired on her birthday to follow Shoshana’s generous example, head over to her “Parodies for […]

Happy 100th birthday, Roald Dahl!

Roald Dahl wrote a lot, from short stories for adults to fantastical novels for kids. But what I love best about his work is the poetry, which he often tucked into his novels in the form of characters bursting into song. (Those Oompa Loompas had songs in the books with nary a “doopity doo.”) So […]

Happy Birthday, Mister President

Today is President Obama’s birthday. To celebrate, here are some books by and about our forty-fourth president. The titles below were reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews (with dates) reprinted below. For more, here are booklists about presidents’ families and First […]

Happy birthday, dear Beatrix

On this 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter‘s birth, I count myself lucky to have met a handful of people who knew her in her later years, when she was most decidedly not Beatrix Potter, but Mrs. William Heelis. By the time she married at age 47, she was beginning to put the “little books” behind […]

Ain’t no party like a Sendak party…

…’cause a Sendak party’s full of Wild Things.* Last weekend Roger attended a celebration of the life of Maurice Sendak, on the occasion of what would have been the incomparable author/illustrator’s 88th birthday. He brought back a few Sendak-themed party favors to share with the office: If you, too, miss the “King of All the […]

Today’s the day! Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary

One hundred years ago today — April 12, 1916 — children’s literature icon Beverly Cleary was born. Today we hope she’s enjoying a gigantic slice of carrot cake! We’ve been celebrating her life and legacy in the pages of The Horn Book and at hbook.com. Here are some of children’s literature’s best and brightest on […]

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 […]

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 […]