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Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence. Katie’s Out of the Box post from last week is rich with links not only to trans- and queer-related articles and reviews from the Horn Book but also to organizations and recommended reading from all over. This […]

Native American Heritage Month 2017 resources

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. Here are some additional articles and links from The Horn Book’s archives and beyond. Resources on representation of Native Americans in children’s books Family Reading: “Change happens when […]

Native American history

Burling, Alexis  Occupying Alcatraz: Native American Activists Demand Change Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hidden Heroes series. Well-paced chapters with archival photos examine Native American activists’ first attempt to occupy Alcatraz in 1964, the history of their struggles with non-Native settlers and the U.S. government, and the seeds of activism in the […]

“Change happens when enough people demand it.”

Debbie in 1998: “Native American folktales are beautiful.” Debbie in 2017: “WTF was I thinking in 1998?!” When the Horn Book asked if I’d be interested in writing something for their Family Reading blog, I looked back at a Field Notes column I had written for the Magazine, way back in 1998. I began “Mom, […]

Native American Heritage Month 2016 resources

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. If you’re looking for ways to help the Standing Rock demonstrators, consider donating to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, or Sacred […]

Native American Heritage Month

Behnke, Alison  A Timeline History of the Trail of Tears Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Lerner Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion series. This entry in the approachable series examines events surrounding the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their land. From the arrival of the first Europeans through the Trail of Tears and after, this well-organized […]

Hbook Podcast 1.25 – Special Guest Debbie Reese

Podcast the 25th in which Roger chats with Debbie Reese about her childhood, what brought her to books, and two decades of friendship. Debbie’s website Books we talk about Little Owl Indian by Hetty Burlingame Beatty Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker and Arnold Lobel Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey Links The All […]

The Birchbark House

Louise Erdrich’s historical novel The Birchbark House is the first in a series, each book following a child from a different generation in an Ojibwa community. Often, books for children contain a central character who is about the same age as the book’s readers. The Birchbark House would be a tough read for most children […]

>Jokers to the left of me, jokers to the right

>Leila pointed me to this case in Seattle of Brave New World being yanked from the curriculum for being insensitive re Native Americans. The Prez has already gotten in trouble (per usual) with Fox News for the inclusion in his new picture book of Sitting Bull (http://nation.foxnews.com/media/2010/11/15/obama-praises-indian-chief-who-killed-us-general); I’m wondering if that same spread is going […]

>Hell with the Chief

>I see that the University of Illinois is–finally–retiring its octogenarian mascot, Chief Illiniwek. If you need to be convinced of how this is related to children’s literature, take a look at some of Debbie Reese‘s work, which includes a Horn Book article from 1998 that can be found here.