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Editorial: The Right to Read by Yourself

In choosing to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the Association for Library Service to Children did the right thing. The new name is bland but accurate, describing exactly what the award is for: to honor an author or illustrator whose books over the years have made, to quote the […]

Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2018

Table of Contents Features Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Jacqueline Woodson A profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor “Devoted to Diversity” by Shoshana Flax Publishers with a purpose. Columns Editorial “The Right to Read by Yourself” by Roger Sutton Laura Ingalls Wilder’s legacy and the radical act of trusting child readers. Board Book […]

Review of Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground

Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground by T. R. Simon Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    261 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-7636-4301-0    $16.99 This second novel featuring a young Zora Neale Hurston and her friend Carrie Brown is once again set in the girls’ hometown of Eatonville, Florida, in 1903, less than forty years after the end of […]

Review of Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma

Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese; illus. by Juana Medina Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 7/18    978-1-5344-0894-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0895-1    $10.99 Young Lena is totally prepared, and excited to start kindergarten. She’s not nervous…but her shoes are. Lena enlists her headband (who is “friends with everybody” and “a good listener”) […]

Review of Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    361 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-7636-9049-6    $16.99 Working-class Cuban American girl Mercedes “Merci” Suárez’s life in South Florida consists of spending time with her extended family and attending elite Seaward Pines Academy, where the sixth grader does community service to pay for her tuition. Now […]

Devoted to Diversity: Publishers with a Purpose

It’s no secret that mainstream publishing has gaps to fill. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s annual statistics show that the numbers of books published about people of color and First/Native Nations people are disproportionately low, and books by members of these groups are even lower in number. (See the July/August 2017 and March/April 2018 Horn […]

Review of Dear Substitute

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; illus. by Chris Raschka Primary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp. 6/18    978-1-4847-5022-3    $17.99 With her regular teacher out sick (we glimpse a feverish Mrs. Giordano on the copyright page), a little girl in brown pigtails writes a series of letters throughout her school day, beginning: “Dear Substitute, / Wow. […]

Preview September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from She Made a Monster by Lynn Fulton, illustration copyright 2018 by Felicita Sala. Jacqueline Woodson’s 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award acceptance speech. A profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor. “Devoted to Diversity”: Shoshana Flax on publishers and imprints with a focus on diverse representation. Board Book Roundup: Julie Roach on new […]

September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.   Imagine!; written and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Wiseman/Simon) A Parade of Elephants; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) We Don’t Eat Our Classmates; written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion) Dear Substitute; by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; […]