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Sports Stars Making a Difference 2017

Last night, Sports Illustrated awarded the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick (and Beyoncé was there!). Here are some recommended books about sports stars from the past and today who have Made a Difference. See also “What Makes a Good Sports Novel?” by Dean Schneider from The Horn Book Magazine and “Awe-inspiring athletes” from […]

Innosanto Nagara, Wee the People, Frugal Bookstore: A Is for Awesome

Yesterday afternoon, Oakland-based author/illustrator Innosanto Nagara, best known for his board book A Is for Activist, held an awesome after-school event at the Frugal Bookstore (Friends of the Horn Book) in Roxbury, MA. Called “R Is for Rulebreakers! Celebrate Protest with Innosanto Nagara,” the event was hosted by Wee the People, “an arts-based series of […]

National Bullying Prevention Month 2017 Unity Day

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Today is Unity Day, when people wear orange to spotlight the issue of bullying and raise awareness of bullying prevention. “Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” Click here for additional ways to show your support, and look for the hashtag #UnityDay2017. The following picture books […]

Dear Mrs. Trump

Dear Mrs. Trump, Thank you for the ten Dr. Seuss titles that you sent my school library in recognition of this year’s National Read a Book Day. (Sent second-day air, no less! That must have been expensive.) I’m proud that you recognized my school as something special. It truly is. Our beautiful and diverse student […]

“Dear Mrs. Trump” booklist

Mrs. Trump, you sent ten picture books, so I will recommend ten as well — but there are so many more! My wish is that these books will help you see:  the beautiful resilience of children who stand up to racism and oppression and for social justice and reform; children who are trying to connect […]

Review of Why Am I Me?

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt; illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko Preschool    Scholastic    40 pp.    g 9/17    978-1-338-05314-2    $17.99 A boy and a girl of different skin colors board the same subway car as it travels through a city. As their gazes meet, each child seems to be quietly pondering questions posed […]

Letter to the Editor from Karen Coy, August 2017

May/June and July/August 2017 Horn Book I was dismayed by the May/June edition of The Horn Book.  I am not a Republican and find it shocking and depressing that a vulgar man like Trump could win the nomination of a major political party, let alone be elected as president of the United States. I would […]

Letter to the Editor from Leslie J. Kitchin, August 2017

To the Editor, I was so pleased to see my letter published in the September/October issue. However, I would like to make a correction: I am from Fairbanks, Alaska — not Arkansas! I would also like to add that events that occurred since I wrote that letter have only reinforced that Mr. Trump does not […]

Letters to the Editor, September/October 2017

July/August 2017 Horn Book As a longtime Horn Book subscriber, a former children’s librarian, and an advocate for social justice education, the letters to the editor in the July/August 2017 issue simultaneously encouraged and discouraged me. I was encouraged because expressing differences of opinion is a healthy and necessary element of a working democracy. I […]

March on Washington anniversary reading

Today marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the March on Washington and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together inspiring fiction and nonfiction books about the march, the speech, the great man himself, and some of his fellow civil rights heroes. The following books were recommended by The […]