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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Holiday shopping

So you’ve read Roger’s holiday classic, “What Makes a Good Gift Book? Step Aside!” (If you haven’t, hop to it!) But what if you live far away from the young gift recipient, and there’s not much opportunity to arrange an in-person bookstore outing? The Horn Book’s got you covered. Head to your own local independent […]

Squeaky Little Wheels

In this time of fear and anxiety about the next four years (and hell, the last five hundred years), it is more important than ever that we teach our children to be critical about the media they consume. What are you watching on TV? What news sources do you follow, are they valid? Oh, and […]

The Horn Book’s Making a Difference landing page

The Horn Book has compiled some resources about social justice and activism on a new landing page called Making a Difference. There, we will be posting Horn Book articles, links, booklists, and discussion points about the topics; we’ll let you know via Read Roger, Family Reading, and Out of the Box; Facebook and Twitter (@RogerReads […]

Making a difference booklist

Right now many parents, teachers, librarians, and other caregivers are having difficult discussions about how to talk with children about the election and its potential repercussions; how to reassure children who are afraid; how to encourage children (and fellow adults!) to support one another and work together for social change. We are having those discussions […]

Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School

I am the librarian in an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a city of socioeconomic extremes, but dedicated to the mission of equity in public education; every classroom in each of the twelve public elementary schools maintains a 60/40 ratio between paid and free lunch students. In addition to being the home of Harvard […]

Activism

Bass, Hester  Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama Gr. K–3      32 pp.     Candlewick Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. In this welcome story of nonviolent protests in the early 1960s, Jim Crow–era South, black residents of Huntsville, Alabama, organize Blue Jean Sunday — a boycott of shops that sell traditional expensive Easter outfits; […]

Social justice

Civil rights, global warming, and crime and punishment: these complex social issues receive accessible, clear treatment in four new nonfiction books for teens. In Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America, Russell Freedman documents the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, including the horrific Bloody Sunday confrontation between marchers and Alabama state troopers. […]