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Talking about children's books is what we do every day here at The Horn Book. (And from time to time, we even break into good-natured brawls over them.) Now we invite you to listen in. Our podcasts feature conversations with writers, illustrators, and editors, chats about current trends, and insider takes on reviewing and publishing. Tune in regularly — and don't hesitate to join the fray. (Looking for older episodes? You'll find them on our podcast archive page.) Post your comments on editor in chief Roger Sutton's feisty blog.

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Beach Bag Books
Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano talk with Kitty Flynn about twelve great new books for summer. From the 700-plus-pages of Beach Blondes to the chapter book Goof-Off Goalie to Jack Prelutsky's poetry, we've got your vacation reading covered.

20:20      Posted July 23, 2008     Comment at Read Roger

List of books discussed | More summer reading ideas

Roger and the City: Part 2
Roger’s NYC tour continues, with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to pay homage to some classic children's book characters. Next, at Central Park’s Frances Hodgson Burnett memorial fountain, Roger talks with children’s literature historian Leonard S. Marcus, who tells us about his new book, Minders of Make-Believe (Houghton).

14:55      Posted June 25, 2008      Comment at Read Roger.

Roger and the City: Part 1
On a recent trip to New York, Roger Sutton spent an evening with author Richard Peck and Egmont USA publishers Elizabeth Law and Douglas Pocock. Sitting in Elizabeth’s living room, the four talked about Harry Potter, Gossip Girl, Philip Pullman, and just what draws adult readers to young adult books. Be sure to listen to the whole episode; midway through, Richard Peck reveals his current project (hint: “I’m bringing Grandma Dowdel back”).

9:25      Posted June 3, 2008      Comment at Read Roger.

Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s first two YA novels, Dairy Queen and The Off Season (both Houghton), feature laconic Wisconsin farm girl — and football player — DJ Schwenk. Murdock’s latest novel, Princess Ben (Houghton), stars a very different type of character in an imagined fantasy world. Executive editor Martha Parravano spoke with the author about this shift from contemporary realism to fairy-tale fantasy.

13:32      Posted April 16, 2008      Comment at Read Roger.

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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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