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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 can be a very hard day for many people, so be gentle with one another. As Katie says, “We stand with our trans and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors, and with trans people around the world.” Today, in memory of those killed because of hate, pledge to do better to accept differences and to acknowledge our shared humanity.

And speaking of our shared humanity, many people in the U.S. will gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday. November is Native American Heritage Month, and for many Native people, Thursday is also a National Day of Mourning, a day to reflect on “Thanksgiving’s horrific, bloody history.” So, think about the story you share with your kids about the holiday’s provenance, and remember there’s room at the table for all voices. Children’s books can be a great way to get the conversation started, and you can find recommended books, links, and resources here.

However you spend this week, we hope you make time for plenty of family reading — and we’ll see you in December!

About Kitty Flynn

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

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