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We are just dotting the is of the May/June issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards. Phew! I don’t think we’ve published an issue with quite so many moving parts. I speak literally, figuratively, and emotively. I hope our subscribers appreciate this landmark issue, and I wanted to let the rest […]

Horn Book Magazine Starred reviews, May/June 2019

The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine. Do NOT miss this issue: it is our annual special issue, this time around devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards. With history, interviews, and first person stories from CSK winners, the issue is FAT and wonderful. […]

Editorial: On Citizenship

Our lead article, “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful,” is by acclaimed author and poet Benjamin Alire Sáenz, adapted from his profound and powerful 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture. In it (and be sure to read every word), he says, “I believe that my dissent is what makes me a loyal citizen of my country…It is […]

Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2019

Table of Contents Features “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Adapted from the author’s 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture. “My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House” by Sayantani DasGupta “Being an #OwnVoices author involves learning to trust one’s own story.” “The Dark Fantastic” by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas An excerpt from Thomas’s […]

Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews, March/April 2019

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks; by Jacky Davis; illustrated by Giselle Potter (Greenwillow). Home Is a Window; by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illus. by Chris Sasaki (Porter/Holiday). Hey, Water!; written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you got some good reading done over the holidays. Me, I shuttled among Tim Mohr’s Burning Down the Haus (a history of punk rock in East Germany), Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, those latter choices, each about a poor cousin come to […]

Horn Book Magazine — January/February 2019

Table of Contents Features Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors Our choices for the best books of 2018. Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards BGHB Awards Gallery 2018 Celebrating the year’s winners and honorees. Picture Book Nonfiction Fiction and Poetry “Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?” by Uma Krishnaswami Diverse children’s books that act as prisms […]

Editorial: Technicolor Dreams

The January/February Magazine is a good metaphor for the new year, with its ruminations on What Came Before and an eye toward the future. In October we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, where Elizabeth Acevedo performed a powerful original poem; Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña shared their origin story as collaborators; Celia C. Pérez […]

January/February starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2019 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Also in the January issue will be the annotated list of Fanfare 2018. Found; by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Larry Day (Simon). The Bell Rang; written and illustrated by James E. Ransome (Dlouhy/Atheneum). Good Boy; written and illustrated by Sergio […]

Horn Book Magazine — November/December 2018

Table of Contents Features “Look Here. Not There.” by Rita Williams-Garcia The 2018 Zena Sutherland Lecture. “’Waiting in the Deep’” by Andrea J. Loney A character development workshop with Rita Williams-Garcia. “Why Sensitivity Readers Matter” by Jason Low (And why we should call them something else.) “Molly Bang’s Ten, Nine, Eight” by Dudley Carlson A […]