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Archives for 1975

Horn Book Fanfare 1975

Best books of 1975 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books Anno’s Alphabet: An Adventure in Imagination written and illustrated by Mitsumasa Anno (Crowell) The Desert Is Theirs written by Byrd Baylor, illustrated by Peter Parnall (Scribner) […]

A Letter to Lillian N. Gerhardt

Ethel Heins’s response to Lillian N. Gerhardt’s “A Letter to Ethel Heins.” From School Library Journal, Nov. 1975. © 1975 R. R. Bowker Company / A Xerox Corporation. Used with permission.   By Ethel L. Heins I have read your lengthy editorial letter to me (SLJ, September) and find it difficult to believe that my […]

A Letter to Ethel Heins

A response to Ethel Heins’s editorial, “Damming the Mainstream.” From School Library Journal, Sept. 1975. © 1975 R. R. Bowker Company / A Xerox Corporation. Used with permission. By Lillian N. Gerhardt Dear Ethel: The August, 1975 issue of The Horn Book Magazine just arrived. I read your editorial right away because I think it’s […]

Damming the Mainstream

Reponse to “An Argument Worth Opening” by Lillian N. Gerhardt, editor of School Library Journal Editorial by Ethel Heins When I was invited to be a speaker at a spring conference on “Children’s Literature in the Literary Mainstream” sponsored by the Western Michigan University School of Librarianship, I thought — as I often have — […]

The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature

by Augusta Baker In the 1920’s and 1930’s, children’s books seemed to foster prejudice by planting false images in the minds of children. Most authors were white, with little knowledge about black life, and yet they wrote as if they were authorities. No wonder it was an accepted fact in children’s books that blacks were […]