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I wish librarians ran the world

I really enjoyed my interview with old school chum Carla Hayden in her Librarian of Congress office (with a beautiful view of the Capitol dome that nevertheless uneasily reminded me of way too many summer movies of the apocalyptic bent!). In the main, we spoke about children’s books and youth librarianship, but Carla said something that […]

Horn Book starred reviews March/April 2018

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Also in March/April: summer reading camp, easy readers, gender in picture books, and an interview with Viking’s Regina Hayes. It’s a good issue.     Love; by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Loren Long(Putnam) This Is the Nest That […]

Horn Book Magazine — January/February 2018

  Table of Contents Features Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2017. Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards BGHB Awards Gallery 2017 Celebrating the year’s winners and honorees — in the BGHB Awards’ fiftieth anniversary year. Picture Book Nonfiction Fiction and Poetry BGHB at 50 “Amber and Essie and Vera and Me” by […]

Horn Book Magazine — November/December 2017

Table of Contents Features “An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray” by Elissa Gershowitz An expert in game studies and comparative media studies discusses the need for diverse games, diverse books, diverse everything. Columns Editorial “No Ordinary Gift” by Roger Sutton We need to support libraries responsibly, equitably, and enthusiastically. Foreign Correspondence “Beyond the ‘Four Fs’: […]

Starred reviews, November/December 2017 Horn Book Magazine

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue 2017 of The Horn Book Magazine. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut; by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate) The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse; by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick) Windows; by Julia Denos; illustrated by E. B. Goodale […]

Let’s get special

On Thursday, the Horn Book staff will be at my house stuffing our faces with pastry and planning our 2018 editorial calendar. You can help! As Magazine readers will know, we publish one special themed issue each year. We’ve done this from the start, with most early special issues being devoted to one great lady […]

Letter to the Editor from Karen Coy, August 2017

May/June and July/August 2017 Horn Book I was dismayed by the May/June edition of The Horn Book.  I am not a Republican and find it shocking and depressing that a vulgar man like Trump could win the nomination of a major political party, let alone be elected as president of the United States. I would […]

Letter to the Editor from Leslie J. Kitchin, August 2017

To the Editor, I was so pleased to see my letter published in the September/October issue. However, I would like to make a correction: I am from Fairbanks, Alaska — not Arkansas! I would also like to add that events that occurred since I wrote that letter have only reinforced that Mr. Trump does not […]

Letters to the Editor, September/October 2017

July/August 2017 Horn Book As a longtime Horn Book subscriber, a former children’s librarian, and an advocate for social justice education, the letters to the editor in the July/August 2017 issue simultaneously encouraged and discouraged me. I was encouraged because expressing differences of opinion is a healthy and necessary element of a working democracy. I […]

Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2017

Table of Contents Features “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story” by Melissa Sweet The 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture. “Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves” by E. M. Kokie “Our young queer and questioning readers deserve more of and from the stories we are publishing about their lives.” Columns Editorial “The Incomparable Robin […]