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Illustoria Issue #1: Beginnings

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue#1: Beginnings features Cece Bell, Aaron Becker and so much more!

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart.

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$14.00
Illustoria Issue #2: Canvas

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue 2 features: Herve Tullet, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurel Snyder and many, many more!

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart.

Don't miss Issue #1

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Illustoria Issue #3: Outside-In

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue #3: Outside-in features cover art and sketchbook tips by beloved illustrator, cartoonist, and writer Lisa Brown; an interview with and activities from Hello Nature! creator Nina Chakrabarti; an interview with prolific kid-lit author Amy Novesky (who shares writing tips with young aspiring writers); and so much more!

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart

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$14.00
Illustoria Issue #4: Grow

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue #4: Grow features an essay by beloved children’s book author & illustrator Peter Brown on the making of his first illustrated novel, The Wild Robot; an interview with creative duo Lisa Brown & Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), who reveal their favorite childhood books and toys and share advice about writing and drawing; and so much more!

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart

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$14.00
Illustoria Issue #5: Motion

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue #5: Motion features an impressive roster of talent including Rad Women Worldwide creators Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. In this issue we explore motion in all different forms: the movement of sea creatures at the aquarium, the gallop of horses, journeys into space and fantastical worlds, the capturing of motion through art and photography, and even the progressive, forward-movement of trailblazers and activists. Read comics about Henri Matisse, Madeleine L'Engle, and Eadweard Muybridge. Learn about the history of and alchemical properties of the color vermilion. Make Victorian-era thaumatropes (a simple paper-and-string animation toy), a flip-book, ice-cream in a bag, and enjoy so much more that will delight the senses in the form of comics, illustrated stories, book recommendations, a playlist and recipe, coloring pages, and activities. 

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart

Item No. ILLUS5
$14.00
Illustoria Issue #6: Symbols

A magazine for creative kids and their grown-ups.

Issue#6: The Symbols Issue explores how we find meaning in letters, shapes, objects, and more through stories, comics, interviews, and activities that will get you seeing with fresh eyes. This issue features Yuko Higuchi, the brilliant cult artist known for her "dark kawaii" artwork; Shawn Harris, on drawing Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers; a stunning comic by issue 6 cover artist Marina Muun, The Rock Garden, an ode to the preservation of history alongside the progress of modern architecture;  the next segment in the popular Literary Giants as Kids series, featuring Dr. Seuss; a beautifully illustrated story on The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend; DIY CD mandalas; the always gorgeous artwork and informative text in the Brief History of Color series, featuring Yellow Ochre; a tasty recipe for veggie curry; DIY cursive letters; collectable cut-out tarot cards; and the usual book recommendations, art supply reviews, music playlist, and so much more that you've come to enjoy and expect from Illustoria.

Each issue features:

  • The creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, musicians, makers)
  • Quality DIY activities for kids
  • Music & book reviews
  • A recipe
  • High-quality, recycled paperstock and soy-based inks
  • A fun way to engage across generations
  • Zero ads

Full color, 64 pages. Recommended for ages 6-12 and the young at heart.

Item No. ILLUS6
$16.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2013

This issue includes:

  • Horn Book Fanfare - Our choices for the best books of 2012
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Gallery 2012 - Celebrating the year's winners and honor books
  • Editorial by Martha V. Parravano "Over and Above" - Looking back at the year past and forward to the next.
  • Caldecott at 75 by Kathleen T. Horning - First in a series on the Caldecott Medal at 75 - one winner per decade, here in the 1930s
  • Borderland: Beyond the Friends by Yolanda Hare - Where are all the YA books about African American middle-class geeks?
  • What Makes a Good...? by Jill Homan Randall - What makes a good book about dance?
  • Books in the Home by Megan Lambert - 2012 BGHB Books in My Home. Parent and judge Lambert reads with her kids.
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The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2014

In this Issue:

  • Horn Book Fanfare: our choices for the best books of 2013.
  • Coverage of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos.
  • Borderlands: Sophie Brookover, Elizabeth Burns, and Kelly Jensen discuss the emergence of New Adult books.
  • The Writer’s Page: Jane Yolen revisits Owl Moon.
  • Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of Africa in books for children.
  • Horn Book reviewer Anita L. Burkam asks, “What Makes a Good Horse Book?”
  • From The Guide: Picture Book Builders.
  • Cadenza: “Saxon Burial Mounds Reveal Earliest Fairy Tale,” a poem by Ron Koertge.
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$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2015

This issue includes:

Horn Book Fanfare: The Horn Book Magazine's choices for the best books of 2014.

Coverage of the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos.

A Second Look: Barbara Bader examines The Planet of Junior Brown.

Elissa Gershowitz on “What Makes a Good Award Acceptance Speech?” The Horn Book‘s (unsolicited) advice.

Audrey M. Quinlan asks, “What Makes a Good Math Storybook?”

From The Guide: Math Picture Books.

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$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2018

Cover art by Ashley Bryan

In this issue:

  • Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2017.
  • Coverage of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos — in our 50th anniversary year!
  • BGHB at 50: 2017 committee chair Julie Roach shares her first BGHB experience — and a keepsake of Vera B. Williams’s 2002 Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart.
  • A remembrance of Iona Opie by her collaborator on two iconic Mother Goose collections, Rosemary Wells.
  • Cadenza: “Antiques Roadshow Visits Storyland” by Ron Koertge.
  • From The Guide: Picture books that demonstrate how Family Matters.
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The Horn Book Magazine March/April 2017

This issue includes:

  • "Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang" by Roger Sutton The 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on how books and readers can transcend boundaries.
  • "A Tiger Unmasked: One Book, Four Versions, Five Decades" by Crescent Dragonwagon Charlotte Zolotow's daughter (and literary executor) reflects on the challenges and joys of "collaborating" with her mother.
  • "When Google Translate Gives you Arroz con Mango" by Celia C. Perez Errors in Spanish in children's books and the need for #ownvoices in publishing.
  • "Picture This" by Rita Auerbach An extended review of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Molly Bang's essential guide to picture book illustration.
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The Horn Book Magazine November/December 2016

This issue features:

  • "Decolonizing Nostalgia" by Sarah Hannah Gomez
  • "Saving Sisters" by Jeannine Atkins Sisterhood in Little Women, The Hunger Games, and Frozen
  • "We're With Her" by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano There's a time for "nice" and a time for channeling our inner "bosses."
  • "An Interview with Deborah Ahenkovah: Torchbearer for African Children's Publishing" by Summer Edward A conversation with the cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab.
  • "Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?" by Julie Hakim Azzam Using picture books to talk about family, skin tone, and ancestry.
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$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine November/December 2017
This issues features:
  • "An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray" by Elissa Gershowitz  An expert in game studies and comparative media studies discusses the need for diverse games, diverse books, diverse everything
  • "No Ordinary Gift" by Roger Sutton We need to support libraries responsibly, equitably, and enthusiastically
  • "Beyond the 'Four Fs': Caribbean Own Voices" by Summer Edward The impact of publishing's global economic inequalities and "voluntourism"
  • "Fighting the Lost Cause" by Ann Bausum A Southern-born nonfiction writer rejects the education propaganda of her youth and advocates for historical honesty
  • "Revisiting Anthony Burns" by Rudine Sims Bishop Virginia Hamilton's 1988 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner for Nonfiction exemplifies what the author called "liberation literature." The fifth column in an ongoing series.
  • "Lucha Libros" by AnnMarie Hurtado Bilingual Battle of the Books
  • "Chapter Book Mirrors" A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2015

Features:

  • "(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture" by Jack Gantos: The stories behind the stories, and characteristically, some other stories.
  • "A Thousand Winters" by Kwame Alexander: Working to make order out of chaos.
  • "The Woman Who Drew Narnia" by Vicki Smith: Through the wardrobe with Pauline Baynes.
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2016

This issue features:

  • "Orland" by Christopher Myers "In the aftermath...there is a need for stories to contain, to comfort, to process, to prevent."
  • "Machetes" by Jason Reynolds From the author's 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Award acceptance sppech for All American Boys.
  • "How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson The 2016 Zena Sutherland Lecture
  • "Interview with Self" by Richard Jackson Legendary editor interviews new picture book writer - and they're both Richard Jackson
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2017

This issue includes:

  • “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story” by Melissa Sweet
    The 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture.
  • “Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves” by E. M. Kokie
    Our young queer and questioning readers deserve more of and from the stories we are publishing about their lives.
  • “The Incomparable Robin Smith (1959–2017)” by Martha V. Paravanno
  • BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Carole Boston Weatherford
    Brian Pinkney's 1997 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner for Picture Book was exactly what one author and parent was looking for. The fourth column in an ongoing series.
  • The Writer's Page: “On Home, Empathy, and Voice” by E. Lockhart
    How our physical and narrative homes shape our perspectives.
  • Cadenza: “For Mrs. Gill, Who Read Us Outside Over There” by Steven Withrow
  • Books in the Home: “What My First Grader Taught Me About Learning to Read” by Summer Clark
  • From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO!
    A selection of reviews of Halloween books from The Horn Book Guide.
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$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine: January/February 2016

This issue features:

  • Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors: Our choices for the best books of 2015
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Award Gallery 2015: Celebrating the year's winners and honorees
  • "The World that Changes" by Susan Cooper: Horn Book at Simmons keynote address on the theme "Transformations"
  • "Shelf Lives" by Abby McGanney Nolan: From Bookseller to Bestseller
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The Horn Book Magazine: March/April 2018

This issue features:

  • An interview with Regina Hayes by Leonard S. Marcus The Viking Children’s Books editor-at-large reflects on a five-decade-long career — from blue-haired ladies to James Marshall, Mildred  D. Taylor, Jon and Lane, and Sarah Dessen.
  • A Preponderance of Pink: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning by Martha V. Parravano & Elissa Gershowitz The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s  director discusses gender, picture books, and  one overworked color.
  • Make Room in the Reading Tent by Roger Sutton A children's book -hemed summer camp? That's our kind of camping.
  • An Easy Reader Renaissance by Horn Book Editors The first in a new series highlighting books for emerging readers, with recommendations from both the Magazine and the Guide.
  • Camp Read-a-Rama: Learning to "Live Books" by Michelle H. Martin A reading-oriented camp designed to combat "summer slide."
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2015

Features:

  • "Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach" by Gregory Maguire: Steering familiar stories in new directions
  • "Book & Me" by Charise Mericle Harper: We debut a new comics series
  • "Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation" by Besty Bird: Animation skills can - and often do - translate to skills in picture-book illustration.
  • "From Series to Serious" by Thom Barthelmess: A look at four authors whose work includes both mass-market series and literary novels.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2017

Special Humor Issue

Features:

  • "Say Something Funny": musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee.
  • New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, "What's So Funny About Comics?"
  • "Laghter and Resistance": Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump.
  • "Mocking Moscow": author Eugene Yelchin on political jokes in Russia.
  • Lisa Brown looks to the classics in her cartoon "How to Be Funny."
  • Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson remember the late Peter D. Sieruta, the Horn Book's funniest writer.
  • "The Adventures of Baby D": a not-so-heavy-handed cartoon by Raúl the Third.
  • Gail Carriger on "Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction."
  • Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall on translating humor.
  • "The Straight Poop on Potty Humor" from Horn Book Family Reading co-parents Elissa Gershowitz and Kitty Flynn.
  • BGHB at 50: Tim Wynne-Jones looks back at the 1980 Picture Book winner, Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  • From The Guide: "Darkly Funny YA."
  • "Honking the Horn": We asked some children's book creators to tell us a joke. Responses appear through the issue from Ame Dyckman, Alma Fullerton, Daniel Handler, Molly Idle, Dana Alison Levy, Juana Medina, Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, Sergio Ruzzier, Jon Scieszka, Bob Shea, David Ezra Stein, Susan Tan, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
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$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine: November/December 2014

November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. In this issue:

“Does YA Mean Anything Anymore?: Genre in a Digitized World” by John Green
The author’s 2014 Zena Sutherland Lecture.

“Thom’s Rules of Order” by Thom Barthelmess
Ten tips for good book discussion.

“House Hunters: Storyland Edition” by Ron Koertge
In which the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe finds new digs.

Editorial
“Self Service” by Roger Sutton
What self-publishers don’t know about children’s books.

The Writer’s Page
“Beyond the Magically (Dis)abled” by Cammie McGovern
#WeNeedDiverseBooks…about disability.

Field Notes
“What Happened to the Frog?” by Jonathan Hunt
Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, and the Common Core.

From The Guide
“Steampunk for Tweens and Teens”
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.

Item No. HBNOVDEC14
$12.00