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February’s Notes from the Horn Book

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In February’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter — coming your way soon, subscribers! — we chat with author and 2017 Wilder Award winner Nikki Grimes about her new book One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. More goodies in this issue: • middle-school books delving deeply into the U.S.’s history of institutionalized racism […]

Coretta Scott King booklist and links

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Maybe you’ve heard: Coretta Scott King is in the news. Last night, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (#LetLizSpeak) was repuked (spelling error; we mean rebuked) for reading aloud a letter Mrs. King wrote in 1986 to the U.S. Judiciary Committee opposing Jefferson Beauregard Sessions’s nomination for a federal judgeship. “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power […]

From the 2017 Caldecott committee

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Two weeks ago, as chair of the 2017 Caldecott committee, I had the honor of making phone calls to five individuals — and making a little magic happen in their lives. I know that the magic, enchantment, and adrenaline rush that was the experience of the 2017 Caldecott committee is still going on. When I look at photos (and […]

Reading Race and Power in Fantasy

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When my daughter was three or four, we would play a computer game together where she would have to choose an avatar to represent herself. To the game’s credit, there were at least twelve options for girls, with all different skin colors and hair colors and styles. Inevitably, my very pale daughter would select a […]

Beyond the world we know | class #4, spring 2017

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This week’s topic is “Beyond the world we know” — a category that encompasses an extensive range of books, from magical realism to science fiction to the far away places of other worlds. Jane Langton’s classic piece on fantasy from the 1973 Horn Book, “The Weak Place in the Cloth” provides an apt and lovely […]

March/April starred reviews, Horn Book Magazine

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Big Cat, Little Cat; written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook). Short Stories for Little Monsters; written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood). When We Were Alone; by David A. Robertson; illus. by Julie Flett (Highwater Press). The […]

Hidden Figures

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I went to see Hidden Figures the other night. To echo what everyone who is not behind the times and has already seen the movie has said: what an amazing story about truly amazing women (if soooo Hollywoodized: Kevin Costner: “I’m a busy, busy man. I’m so busy. But segregation is wrong. So I’m gonna […]

On Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance Speech

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“I felt an overwhelming urgency to create a testament to the positivity of African American manhood, as told through the biographies of men who shaped racial progress in the United States.” Andrea Davis Pinkney won the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (Disney-Jump at the […]

Making a Difference, Week 5 / Black History Month, Week 1

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Throughout January, we celebrated people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we recommended a book or article about someone who has effected positive change. This week’s picks: Out of the Box post Look to the lunchroom by librarian Danielle Winter Field Notes: “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at […]

Frederick Douglass booklist

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Need to refresh your knowledge of great abolitionist Frederick Douglass? Want to introduce his life and accomplishments to a young reader? Looking for Douglass to round out your Black History Month or social justice reading recommendations? The following children’s and teen books, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of […]