From the Editor — August 2013

sutton roger 170x304 From the Editor — August 2013I’m grateful to Mitali Perkins for bringing some humor to the multicultural canon; it’s in shorter supply than it should be, a situation caused at least in part by the utter seriousness with which adults — that’s us — talk about appropriate depictions of ethnicity in books for children and teens. The fact that we want young people to understand the iniquity of racism is laudable, but put yourself in their place: is a moral imperative the first thing you look for in your own reading? Christopher Myers doesn’t think so; please have a look at his essay “Young Dreamers” for a very personal take on the subject of writing about race in books for kids.

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Roger Sutton
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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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