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On Hazel Rochman’s “Beyond Oral History: What Makes a Good Holocaust Book?” (from 2006)

Dear White House Press Secretary: I don’t hold out much hope that you think this way, but if I were you on this day after your epic what-I-hope-was-a-gaffe regarding Hilter, Assad, and chemical weapons, I’d be frantically trying to educate myself about what we mean when we refer to the Holocaust. Here’s a great way […]

A Wrinkle in Troubled Times

“But what’s going to happen?” Meg’s voice trembled. “Oh, please, Mrs. Which, tell us what’s going to happen!” “Wee wwill cconntinnue to ffight!” Something in Mrs. Which’s voice made all three of the children stand straighter, throwing back their shoulders with determination, looking at the glimmer that was Mrs. Which with pride and confidence. “And […]

Win the White House app review

If you’ve gotten anywhere near the news in the past, oh, fifteen months, you know one thing: running for president is complicated. It requires careful planning and strategic skill. Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes? Find out with Win the White House (iCivics, 2011 with update July 2016; iOS,  Android, and web). First, […]

U.S. politics

Carson, Mary Kay  Why Couldn’t Susan B. Anthony Vote?: And Other Questions About Women’s Suffrage Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Sterling Richmond, Benjamin  What Are the Three Branches of Government?: And Other Questions About the U.S. Constitution Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Sterling Good Question! series. A question-and-answer format provides information relevant to each book’s American government […]

Women can be president, too!

With the 2016 presidential election just a few months away, news from the campaign trail continues to dominate the headlines. Our students are thus very likely hearing names of candidates and snippets of information about politics and elections. While discussing politics in school is often viewed as taboo, the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Carly […]

Hbook Podcast 1.9 – North Carolina

Podcast the ninth in which Siân and Roger talk about Jane Eyre, music and making out, and North Carolina (Siân also says Amazon fought with Macmillan but really it was Hachette). Books we talk about Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (audio by Juliet Stevenson) Richard Peck, The Best Man People we talk […]

From The Guide: American Politics

This month, Barack Obama will be sworn in as president of the United States for his second term, making this an opportune moment to teach children about U.S. politics — both the development of our democratic system and the ways that process could shape their future. These recent books, recommended by The Horn Book Guide, […]

Democrats are up

Now that the Young Republicans’ Club has chosen its ticket, the Democrats are off and running. Far more of them to wade through (why IS that?*) but the Party has thinned the herd down to four potential candidates who will be presenting their platforms this week. First up, Octavian Nothing. *Really, why? I think I […]

>and someday Man will walk on the Moon

>Interesting discussion on the ALSC-L listserv: they are discussing what to do with Judith St. George and David Small’s So You Want to Be President, which, last revised in 2004, includes the statement that “no person of color has been President.” On the one hand it is dated and inaccurate; on the other, the original […]

>I like a man with a sense of humor, and this one is going to need it.

>The Times reports that Mr. President has retaken his oath: For their do-over, the two men convened in the White House Map Room at 7:35 p.m. for a brief proceeding that was not announced until it was completed successfully. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said. “I am,” Mr. Obama replied. […]