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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 […]

Editorial: Into the Hundred Acre Wood

I was saddened to hear of the death of librarian and storyteller Ellin Greene in August. Ellin was my professor of children’s library work at Chicago, and taught me a core practice of the profession I hold as dear as any of Ranganathan’s Laws: “Get down on your knees,” she told us, in order to […]

Starred reviews, November/December Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah; by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Schwartz & Wade/Random) The Patchwork Bike; by Maxine Beneba Clarke; illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd (Candlewick) Dreamers; written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Holiday) The Little Barbarian; written and […]

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 […]

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; […]

Horn Book Magazine — July/August 2018: Special Issue: ALA Awards

Table of Contents Features Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Eloise Greenfield “The Year in Words” by Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman Newbery Medal Acceptance by Erin Entrada Kelly A profile of Erin Entrada Kelly by Virginia Duncan Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance by Renée Watson A profile of Renée Watson by […]

Editorial: Some Best Books, and a Best Man

In this July/August issue we present our usual record of the American Library Association award winners’ speeches* as well as our annual “Mind the Gap” awards, the Horn Book editors’ choices of good books left out by ALA. We also announce the winners of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. In all, that’s more than […]

Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2018: Special Issue: Making a Difference

Table of Contents Features “Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: 
An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden” by Roger Sutton The first female and first African American 
Librarian of Congress talks about mirror books, youth librarianship, and nonpartisanship. “’To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful’: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book” by Jonda C. McNair […]

Editorial: “Get Up from the Chair!”

Welcome to our seriously special issue on the theme of “making a difference.” With a deep sense of history and purpose and interconnection (how many times is Virginia Hamilton cited?), and with some thirty contributors, from Susan Cooper (on Ursula K. Le Guin) to Dhonielle Clayton (on Hamilton’s Willie Bea) to Kevin Henkes (on the […]