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Selections from Hunt Breakfast

Scroll down for transcriptions and more information Transcriptions: Auden house to let | Anonymous request | Eleanor Roosevelt | Future librarian?  | Beatrix Potter | McCloskey’s mistake January 1937 Hunt Breakfast To Let—A Poet’s House in the English Lakes. Perhaps some one who plans to spend next summer in England will be interested to rent a delightful house near Keswick in the […]

A Little History of The Horn Book Magazine

This promotional pamphlet was written by Karen Jameyson in the 1980s  and later updated by the Horn Book. Beginnings Back in the early 1920s, before the ink of the first Horn Book Magazine was even dry on the page, the Boston YMCA announced a course in automobiles and engines. At a time when cars were still a […]

Responses to January 1996 editorial

The letters below were all in response to the January/February 1996 editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren Adams, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery.” I just read the editorial in the January/February issue of the Horn Book. Right on! I did not realize that a Newbery Medal had not been awarded to a non-white […]

A Wider Vision for the Newbery

Editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren Adams At first glance, the last ten years appear to have seen a remarkable diversity of books honored by the Newbery award. Poetry and nonfiction have both won medals (Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise [Harper] and Russell Freedman’s Lincoln [Clarion]); and a wide range of books, from folklore to […]

Against Borders

If anyone had told me when I was growing up in South Africa that I would be living in Chicago one day and writing about multiculturalism in children’s books, I would have thought they were crazy. I thought my place was really off the map; nothing could happen there that would interest the rest of […]

Making Stories Happen

By Rachel Vail A fourth grader recently asked me: What mood are you in when you’re writing? Most people who hear I’m a writer ask if it takes a lot of discipline or if I can make a living at it, to which I respond without needing to think that no, it doesn’t take much […]

Horn Book Guide | editorial

By Anita Silvey “A magazine devoted to books must always consider ways of keeping its character vital and fresh . . . . But the artist wants and needs the resistance of the intelligent, appreciative, but honest and salty judge of his work,” Bertha Mahony Miller once wrote. To continue the ideal of keeping Horn Book vital, we are […]

The Friendship: Author Mildred D. Taylor’s 1988 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

by Mildred Taylor I am pleased and honored to accept the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for The Friendship (Dial). It is an honor for me, and it is an honor to the memory of my father, for The Friendship is drawn from one of the many stories that he told me. Over the years he […]

Arnold Lobel

By James Marshall We are here this morning to honor a great artist and a wonderful man, a man we will miss as long as we live and an artist who has left a body of work that contains some of the most loved, admired, and beautifully crafted books ever published. John Cheever said that […]

Could Randolph Caldecott Win the Caldecott Medal?

by Anita Silvey With this editorial I do not mean to cast aspersion on this year’s Caldecott choice or on any particular choice of the Caldecott Committee over the past dozen years but to talk about a trend in the selection process. Since I worked with and supported Chris Van Allsburg during the beginning of […]