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Foreign Correspondence: An Interview with Deborah Ahenkorah: Torchbearer for African Children’s Publishing

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I first became aware of Deborah Ahenkorah a few years ago when I was prospecting the internet for groups working to address diversity issues in children’s publishing. Ahenkorah is the cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab, the groundbreaking pan-African social enterprise behind the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children’s literature. Golden Baobab not only […]

Hbook Podcast 1.38 – Special Guest Malinda Lo

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Podcast the 38th in which Siân and Roger chat with special guest Malinda Lo. *We’re going on vacation for the holidays! We’ll miss you but we’ll see you in 2017 (good riddance, 2016)!* (nsfw) Malinda info Twitter tumblr Books we talk about Kody Keplinger, Run Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet All Out from Harlequin Teen […]

Crawl into a cave with a book, maybe?

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Over on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Kitty and Elissa are inviting you to share your stories about and strategies for helping children through what promises to be a difficult time for our country. Also see our latest booklist, “Making a Difference,” for some inspiration. I won’t pretend that I can think of anything […]

Making a difference booklist

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Right now many parents, teachers, librarians, and other caregivers are having difficult discussions about how to talk with children about the election and its potential repercussions; how to reassure children who are afraid; how to encourage children (and fellow adults!) to support one another and work together for social change. We are having those discussions […]

Some Writer!

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Each year there is a book I see early in the season that sticks with me. This year it was Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet. Yes, that Melissa Sweet. The one who wrote or illustrated Balloons Over Broadway, The Right Word, A River of Words, and a whole lot […]

2016 National Book Award Winner

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The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell. Read The Horn Book‘s reviews of the March trilogy here: March: Book One March: Book Two March: Book Three And you can read our Five Questions interview with the […]

Books in the Home: “Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?”: Skin Color, Family, and Picture Books

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When my son was five, he was watching TV when a commercial came on that showed a woman slathering her peach-colored arms with lotion. He glanced down at his own brown arm. After poking it with a finger, he asked: “Mommy, do I have white skin?” It was a moment that seemed straight out of […]

Caren Stelson Talks with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Sachiko Yasui was six years old on August 9, 1945, when “Fat Man” exploded over her city, Nagasaki, just over half a mile from where Sachiko was playing house with […]

Giant Squid

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Do you like creepy, shiver-inducing monster stories? If so, you’ve got to see Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Sometimes when we discuss an information book — yes, it’s nonfiction — here, there are debates about whether it’s really a picture book. Is there enough play between art and text? Is there […]

On Julie Hakim Azzam’s “Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?: Skin Color, Family, and Picture Books” (from November 2016)

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“Using picture books, I set out to cultivate an image library that would give my children pictures of families that, like ours, were of mixed ancestry and had skin tones that ranged from light to dark.” Julie Hakim Azzam’s Books in the Home column from the November/December 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine discusses […]