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On Ibi Zoboi’s “A Fine Bookshelf” (from March/April 2016)

hamilton_people could fly“I’ve never been able to think about literacy for black children without thinking about the historical effects of slavery. Black children were not allowed to read for far longer than there have been books that feature them.”

In “A Fine Bookshelf,” published in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine, author, mother, and Haitian immigrant Ibi Zoboi talks eloquently about building a collection of mirror books for her daughters. As she looks at the books that reflect her daughters’ experience, she considers the influence of past generations: “stories are the stuff of ancestors, pieced together to preserve ideas and beloved traditions. Certainly, all people have their own tales of survival and triumph, their own versions of history. However, what can exist within each family, on every Mogya Line, are stories that build on a common humanity.”

An added bonus: following her article is Zoboi’s conversation with fellow authors — and mothers — Edwidge Danticat and Rita Williams-Garcia, who “offer some insight on how books, writing, and mothering have affected the reading lives of their daughters.”

To commemorate Black History Month, we are highlighting a series of articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Click the tag HBBlackHistoryMonth17 and look for #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook. You can find more resources about social justice and activism at our Talking About Race and Making a Difference resource pages.

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About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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