The week after the 2016 election, The Horn Book compiled a Making a Difference booklist to talk with children about social justice and activism and to help support one another as we go forward together, noisily. As is our way, we turn to good books — and the people who love them — for guidance.
Here are some resources from The Horn Book to further the cause of social change. We will be posting articles and links and discussion points about the topic on this landing page; we’ll let you know via Read Roger, Family Reading, and Out of the Box; Facebook and Twitter (@RogerReads and @HornBook) when there’s something new to find.
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She’s With Us, editorial by Roger Sutton. The Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2017.
“Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” (The Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2016) and follow-up “Squeaky Little Wheels” by Liz Phipps Soeiro (Family Reading, December 7, 2016).
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson: “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers.” The Horn Book Magazine, March/April 2015.
“Young Dreamers” by Christopher Myers. The Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2013.
The Horn Book’s Talking About Race page.
Earth Day 2017. Out of the Box, April 21, 2017.
World Autism Awareness Week and Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month. Out of the Box, March 31, 2017.
World Down Syndrome Day 2017. Out of the Box, March 21, 2017.
Refugees welcome here: Resources and booklist. Out of the Box, January 31, 2017.
Reading for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27, 2017.
Young people making a difference. Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, January 2017.
Native American Heritage Month 2016 resources. Out of the Box, November 30, 2016.
Transgender Awareness Month 2016 resources. Out of the Box, November 30, 2016.
Making a Difference booklist. Out of the Box, November 18, 2016.
Feminism booklist. Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, November 2016.
American Immigration booklist. Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, November 2016.
Recommended picture books for International Day of Peace. Out of the Box, September 21, 2016.
Recommended books about activism. Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, May 2016.
Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later Celebration at MIT. Out of the Box, April 19, 2017.
On Hazel Rochman’s “Beyond Oral History: What Makes a Good Holocaust Book?” (from The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2006). Family Reading, April 12, 2017.
Libraries are not surplus. Out of the Box, April 7, 2017.
Civic Engagement Fair at Simmons. Out of the Box, April 5, 2017.
International Women’s Day/Day Without a Woman. Out of the Box, March 8, 2017.
Women’s History Month 2017. Out of the Box, March 1, 2017.
“Leave the books on the bed”: Shaping a child’s social conscience. Family Reading, February 15, 2017.
Black History Month 2017. Out of the Box, February 1, 2017.
A word from Bertha. Read Roger, January 31, 2017.
Look to the lunchroom. Out of the Box, January 30, 2017.
Thoughts on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and booklist. Out of the Box, January 27, 2017.
People making a difference: throughout January, celebrating those who Made a Difference. Out of the Box, January 3, 2017.
Crawl into a cave with a book, maybe? Read Roger, November 18, 2016.
Family Reading: A Place for ALL Families. Family Reading, November 16, 2016.
A Wrinkle in Troubled Times. Out of the Box, November 11, 2017.
The Morning After. Read Roger, November 9, 2016.
On Meg Medina’s “The Writer’s Page: On Writing the American Familia” (from The Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2016). Family Reading, October 17, 2016.
There are no picture book biographies of Donald Trump. Out of the Box, March 1, 2016.