Preview May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50

May/June 2019 Horn Book MagazineSpecial Issue: The Coretta Scott King Book Awards at 50 


On the cover: original artwork by Kadir Nelson, a gatefold portrait of Coretta Scott King.


Editorial page by special guests Rudine Sims Bishop and Andrea Davis Pinkney. 

A welcome letter from Claudette S. McLinn, current Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee Chair.

"Let Our Rejoicing Rise": Rudine Sims Bishop provides an overview of the Coretta Scott King Awards' first fifty years. 

Roger Sutton interviews icons of Black children's literature George and Bernette Ford, with a sidebar from Cheryl Willis Hudson (courtesy of The Brown Bookshelf), on the groundbreaking Just Us Books publishing company. 


Dianne Johnson-Feelings on the lasting, generative legacy of the pioneering 1970s organization Black Creators for Children.


Kekla Magoon shares "A Vision for the CSK."


Andrea Davis Pinkney in the studio with Jerry Pinkney, her "father-in-love."


Jacqueline Woodson's daughter Toshi Widoff-Woodson describes what it’s like to grow up inside the CSK community. 

"Fresh Ginger and Garlic": Kwame Alexander in conversation with Nikki Giovanni. 

Simmons University's Em Claire Knowles on the CSK Awards' impact beyond the field of children's librarianship. 

Kim Parker wishes a happy fiftieth anniversary to Stevie by John Steptoe. 

Field Notes: Monique Harris and Nicholl Montgomery on their Boston-area book club, A Family Affair, and connecting community through Black books and bookstores. 

"Lift Every Voice": essays and artwork about inspirations on the road to CSK from Ashley Bryan, Bryan Collier, Floyd Cooper, Christopher Paul Curtis, Sharon Draper, Shane W. EvansSharon G. Flake, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Grimes, Joyce Hansen, Sharon Bell Mathis, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Jason Reynolds, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, Deborah D. Taylor,  Renée Watson, Rita Williams-Garcia, Kathleen Atkins Wilson, and Michele Wood. 

"CSK by the Numbers": Facts and figures, provided by Nick Glass, appear throughout the issue. 
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