Kathleen T. Horning

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BGHB at 50: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Hamilton?: M. C. Higgins, the Great

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the third in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article...

Review of Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canalby Margarita EngleMiddle School    Houghton    260 pp.3/14    978-0-544-10941-4    $17.99    gOf the thousands of people from around the world who helped build the Panama Canal, the voices of the dark-skinned workers have been seldom heard. Known as the “silver people” because they were paid in...

The Enduring Footprints of Peter, Ezra Jack Keats, and The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats.In the spring of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Ezra Jack Keats cut a series of black-and-white photographs out of Life magazine. The four photos showed a small African American boy in Liberty County, Georgia, reacting to a blood test being administered by a public health nurse. Prior to the test,...

Lenny & Lucy

It's hard to believe that there was once a time when full-color picture books were uncommon. It was usually an indication that the artist had somehow proved himself worthy (::cough:: Maurice Sendak) and was awarded with a full palette to use on his masterpieces (::cough:: ::cough:: Where the Wild Things...

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

KT: I was excited to see this book come in because I have long been a fan of Gordon Parks's photography, and I was eager to learn more about him. Carole Boston Weatherford's book is less a biography than it is the story of how he found his calling. When...

Can We Get These Folks a Sticker, Please?

                ROBIN SMITH: Over the years, I have heard people moaning that certain illustrators had never won the Caldecott award and would never win. To my innocent ears, that seemed unfair. As I learned more about picture books, one thing did become clear to me: certain very...

A Second Look: It’s Like This, Cat

In late January 1964, a committee of twenty-three librarians from around the country met in a small room in a Chicago hotel to select the Newbery and Caldecott winners from a group of eligible books that had been published in 1963. In those years, the executive board members of ALA’s...

Review of Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebird

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebirdby Misty Copeland; 
illus. by Christopher MyersPrimary   Putnam   40 pp.9/14   978-0-399-16615-0   $17.99   gThink you can simply write off celebrity books? Think again. American Ballet Theatre soloist Copeland is just as graceful with words as she is with...

Review of Little Melba and 
Her Big Trombone

Little Melba and 
Her Big Tromboneby Katheryn Russell-Brown; 
illus. by Frank MorrisonPrimary    Lee & Low    40 pp.7/14    978-1-60060-898-8    $18.95    gFrom the time she was a little girl, Melba Liston loved music, especially the jazz music that surrounded her while she was growing up, first in Kansas City and then in...

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