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Archives for January 2017

From The Guide: Wonder-full World

In Miss Rumphius, Alice’s grandfather told her to “do something to make the world more beautiful.” Now more than ever we need to encourage children’s interest in, connection to, and responsibility for the Earth and its inhabitants. As contributor Kathleen T. Isaacs says in “Fostering Wonder,” “When we share picture books that explore the natural […]

Refugees welcome here: resources and booklist

In light of recent events, we want to strongly reiterate that the Horn Book is a place for all families. Our hearts are with those affected by the new immigration ban. We commend the important work of Kitaab World, whose “Countering Islamophobia Through Stories” campaign, beyond allowing Muslim children to see themselves in the books […]

Refugee children

The following recently published picture books focus on very young children’s experiences as refugees — fleeing war, unspeakable violence, destruction of all they’ve known — and hoping against hope they’ll be welcomed into a new country where their families can find better lives. In a piercing first-person account, one of the two children in the […]

Review of The Silver Gate

The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey Intermediate, Middle School    Tegen/HarperCollins    313 pp. 1/17    978-0-06-239857-4    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-239859-8    $9.99 In Elric’s superstitious feudal village, people think children born with disabilities are changelings; even worse, that they bring down a curse on the community. That’s why Elric’s mother and younger sister, Wynn, with her strange […]

A word from Bertha

“In times like these Resistance means remembering every day the widespread suffering of innocent men, women, and children near and far, and helping now. It means bearing in daily remembrance all those who have recently laid down their lives in hope. It means a new sense of world brotherhood—and the will to express it. In […]

Look to the lunchroom

One of our Facebook followers, librarian Danielle Winter, who I know from the Association of Jewish Libraries, posted the following on January 30, 2017. Look to the lunchroom, friends. #HBMaD #MakingaDifference When I first started my job, I was told I would need to cover lunch duty, not my favorite of tasks. The cafeteria smelled […]

Revisiting Julie Hakim Azzam’s “Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?: Skin Color, Family, and Picture Books”

“My own mother was of Belgian descent and Christian, while my father was a Lebanese Muslim immigrant…Being light-skinned, I assimilated so well that friends were shocked when they came to my house and discovered my father spoke with an accent and my grandmother had dark skin. These experiences were reminders that Arabs could be close […]

Review of The Three Lucys

The Three Lucys by Hayan Charara; illus. by Sara Kahn Primary    Lee & Low    40 pp. 9/16    978-1-60060-998-5    $18.95    g Lebanese boy Luli loves his three cats: Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. Excited for his family’s annual weekend visit to his aunt Layla and uncle Adel’s house in Beirut, Luli sets […]

Just in time for Presidents’ Day!

I was wondering over on Facebook last week about what a series biography of our 45th president might look like, and my prayers have been answered. AS IF. But there is a new biography of Trump and I thought you all would want to know about it. Written by Diane Marczely Gimpel and published by […]

Week in Review, January 23rd – 27th

This week on hbook.com… The ALA Youth Media Award winners were announced Monday morning at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta! All of our coverage — including you-are-there reports — is available at the tag ALA Midwinter 2017; read our reviews of the winners here: Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Belpré Award (Author and Illustrator), Coretta […]