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“Choose Love…and Lemonade”

While thousands of people marched on Boston Common last Saturday, outside the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, two third graders set up a lemonade stand with a twist. “Lemonade for Peace” was the brainchild of Declan Haley (right) with the help of his friend James Selvitella, assisted by their awesome moms Elizabeth and […]

Challenge your students to activism

I was too young in the 1960s to join the activist movement, and the narrow-minded family in which I grew up wouldn’t have tolerated it. But I feel as if I’ve been given a second chance. Today’s political and social atmosphere simply won’t let me be silent to the injustices I see being committed all […]

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, and right now it is absolutely crucial to advocate for the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes behind in search of safety elsewhere — safety that is too often denied. World Refugee Day is a good day to recommit to action supporting refugees. If you’re looking for a […]

Civic Engagement Fair at Simmons

Thanks to Simmons for hosting a Civic Engagement Fair today, featuring: the Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, City Hall to Go Truck, Emerge MA, Fenway Alliance, League of Women Voters MA, MA Commission on the Status of Women, Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison for the Fenway, and the Simmons Office of Community Engagement. Plus? Free Ben […]

Environmental activism

Drummond, Allan  Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future Gr. K–3    40 pp.     Farrar/Foster On May 4, 2007, a tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas. The citizens who stayed decided to rebuild a community as environmentally sound as possible. Drummond creates a first-person narrator from a composite of experiences “meant […]

On “Squeaky Little Wheels” (December 2016)

In December, Liz Phipps Soeiro followed up her Horn Book Magazine Field Notes article “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” with the Family Reading blog post “Squeaky Little Wheels,” about encouraging critical thinking and activism at home. This amazing school librarian, mom, and Family Reading contributor was just named a “Mover & […]

“Leave the books on the bed”: Shaping a child’s social conscience

“Maybe you can help me,” a teacher called from our school library’s biography section. “I need books about…protest, I guess.” Her son’s middle school class was debating NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, as a protest against the oppression of people of color. At first her son defended Kaepernick, but […]

Coretta Scott King booklist and links

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 […]

Making a Difference: ALAYMA17 edition

This month we’ve been celebrating people who have Made a Difference by effecting positive change in the world — click the tag hbmadjan17 and follow @HornBook #HBMaDJan17 and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. So many of this year’s just-announced ALA Youth Media Award winners fit perfectly with this month’s mission of “Blowing the horn for good books for boys […]

Young people making a difference

Freedman, Russell  We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Clarion Freedman’s photohistory is an excellent overview of the White Rose resistance movement, a group of university students who, beginning in June 1942 in Munich, Germany, risked their lives to write and […]