Black History Month 2020

On the historic heels of the 2020 Newbery and Caldecott medals going to the same African American winners of the CSK Author and Illustrator Awards at the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 27th, it's time for our annual commemoration of Black History Month (see HBBlackHistoryMonth16, HBBlackHistoryMonth17, HBBlackHistoryMonth18, and HBBlackHistoryMonth19). We'll be featuring 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 weekday through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth on and @HornBook. Also follow The Brown Bookshelf's "28 Days Later" initiative ("designed to celebrate Black children’s book creators and raise awareness of those who may be under the radar of librarians, educators and families"), beginning here and on Twitter @brownbookshelf.


Week 1

2/3: An Interview with George and Bernette Ford by Roger Sutton
2/4: "To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful": The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies' Book by Jonda McNair and Rudine Sims Bishop
2/5: Black Creators for Children by Dianne Johnson-Feelings
2/6: Author/Illustrator highlight: Oge Mora
2/7: The Patchwork Bike: Author Maxine Beneba Clarke's 2019 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

"Lift Every Voice" selections:
(inspirational experiences on the road to winning the CSK from our May/June 2019 special issue)


Week 2

2/10: Fresh Ginger and Garlic: A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni by Kwame Alexander
2/11: Out of the Box: Oge Mora at Frugal Books by Shoshana Flax
2/12: Field Notes: A Family Affair: Connecting Community to Books by Monique Harris and Nicholl Montgomery
2/13: On the Come Up: Angie Thomas's 2019 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech
2/14: YA love stories for Black History Month 2020

"Lift Every Voice" selections:


Week 3

2/17: 2019 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Pauletta Brown Bracy
2/18: Imaginative Spaces and Connecting Lines: SFF and the CSK by S. R. Toliver
2/19: Five Questions for Christian Robinson
2/20: The Season of Styx Malone: Kekla Magoon's 2019 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award Speech
2/21: Five Questions for John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Happy 80th birthday, Rep. Lewis!)

"Lift Every Voice" selections:


Week 4

2/24: Jerry Craft Talks with Roger
Extra: Katherine Johnson (1918–2020)
2/25: 2016 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Bryan Collier
2/26: 2019 Children's Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Christopher Myers on behalf of Walter Dean Myers
2/27: Making a Difference in Our Nation's Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden by Roger Sutton
Extra: Sharon Robinson Talks with Roger
2/28: This Promise of Change: Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy's 2019 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech
Extra: Beyond Black History Month booklist
2/29: May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Coretta Scott King Book Awards at 50

"Lift Every Voice" selections:


Click the tag HBBlackHistoryMonth20 for more articles in this series.

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