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Lee Kingman & Virginia Lee Burton 
Lee Kingman is the author of The Best Christmas and many other books for children. A children’s book editor at Houghton Mifflin in the 1940s, she worked with Virginia Lee Burton, author-illustrator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and other classics. Horn Book designer Lolly Robinson visits Lee at her house in Gloucester, Massachusetts, to talk about writing, editing, and design.
Comment at Read Roger.
Posted February 11, 2008

Read more about Lee's almost eighty-year association with the Horn Book.
Photo: Lolly Robinson

Caldecott 2008   listen
Caldecott committee member (and roving reporter) Roger Sutton brings us along for the announcement that The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick won the 2008 Caldecott Medal. From croaky pre-dawn thoughts to giddy post–press conference reactions, Roger and his recorder are there. Cameo by Newbery Honor–winner Gary Schmidt (The Wednesday Wars). Comment at Read Roger.
Posted January 17, 2008

More ALA Awards | More Brian Selznick

Holiday Gift Books   listen
Terri Schmitz, owner of the Children's Book Shop in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a frequent Magazine contributor, helps Kitty Flynn with her holiday shopping. Comment at Read Roger.
Posted December 14, 2007

List of recommended books
photo: Gay Pampalone

Philip Pullman   listen
From his home in England, author Philip Pullman talks with Roger Sutton about The Golden Compass movie and responds to the recent controversy here in America surrounding his trilogy, religion, and politics. Comment at Read Roger.
Posted December 4, 2007

Read a transcript | More Philip Pullman

Grace Lin & Alvina Ling   listen
Grace Lin, author-illustrator of many picture books including The Ugly Vegetables (Charlesbridge), worked with her childhood friend and editor, Alvina Ling, on her novel, The Year of the Dog (Little). Horn Book designer Lolly Robinson talks with them about friendship, blogging, and Robert’s Snow, a cancer-research fundraising auction taking place online this November and December. Comment at Read Roger.
Posted November 9, 2007

Lois Lowry   listen
The author of The Giver and other books discusses movies and books with Roger Sutton. Comment at Read Roger.
Posted October 15, 2007

Photo: Neil Giordano

M. T. Anderson   listen
Author M. T. Anderson talks about The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party (Candlewick), winner of the 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for fiction as well as the 2006 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Comment at Read Roger.
Posted September 28, 2007

Read M. T. Anderson's acceptance speech

Photo: Richard Asch

Roger Sutton   listen
The Horn Book's editor in chief chats with Kitty Flynn about current trends, popular series, and choosing books for kids. Comment at Read Roger.
Posted September 12, 2007

Photo: Alison Gontarz

Jon Scieszka   listen
Roger Sutton visits author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man, Time Warp Trio series) to discuss teaching, reading, and second-grade humor. Comment at Read Roger.
Posted August 29, 2007

Photo: James Schuck


The Horn Book podcast theme music is from Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K. 495, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, recorded on June 7, 1997 in a performance by Luiz Garcia, horn, and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Benjamin Zander conducting. We are thankful to Pat Maxfield and Ellen Pfeifer at the New England Conservatory for making this recording available.

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