Rudine Sims Bishop

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Let Our Rejoicing Rise: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards originated as a response to the failure of the children’s literature establishment to acknowledge the talents and contributions of African American writers and illustrators. As late as 1969, forty-seven years after the first Newbery Medal had been awarded, and thirty-one years after the awarding...

Editorial: Behold the Gold!

Welcome to The Horn Book’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. As you may know, we publish a special themed issue annually, and when Andrea Davis Pinkney called to ask what The Horn Book might be able to do to commemorate the CSK’s fiftieth...

“To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful”: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book

Heretofore the education of the Negro child has been too much in terms of white people. All through school life his text-books contain much about white people and little or nothing about his own race. All the pictures he sees are of white people. Most of the books he reads...

BGHB at 50: Revisiting Anthony Burns

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 fifth in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article...

2017 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Rudine Sims Bishop

Good morning.Thank you to the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Jury. This award is very special to me. I thank you for choosing me and thereby placing me alongside honorees such as star librarians Dr. Henrietta Smith and Deborah D. Taylor.It is an extraordinary constellation to be...

Following in Their Fathers’ Paths

When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.— Ashanti proverb (from In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall)In the late 1960s, modern African-American literature for children was just coming into its own. For some of us, the 1967 publication of Virginia Hamilton’s Zeely was...

The Pinkney Family: In the Tradition

Jerry and Gloria. Brian and Andrea. The Pinkney family is unique in African-American children's literature, perhaps in all of American children's literature: four members of the family — two generations, two couples, two artists (one an author-illustrator), two writers — all currently producing award-winning children's literature. And other family members...

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