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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)....
      

Black History Month 2018

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To commemorate Black History Month, we will send around a series of 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 day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. It's...
      

Black History Month 2017

To commemorate Black History Month, we will send around a series of 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 day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. It's...
      

2016 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends.Before we ring in 2017, though, let’s take a look back at 2016 — we had a very busy year!BGHB 2016 coverageFanfare 2016ALA 2016 coverageRemembering children's lit Great Ladies Lois Duncan, Anna Dewdney, and Natalie Babbitt;...
      

Zetta Elliott at Harvard

Last night I had the pleasure of finally meeting Zetta Elliott (whose "Decolonizing the Imagination," from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine, is a thought-provoking Writer's Page article and one of the pieces featured in The Horn Book's Black History Month 2016 series). She was speaking at the Harvard College...
      

Week in Review, February 29th-March 4th (plus last day of Black History Month 2016)

This week on hbook.com…Black History MonthFor Black History Month, we've selected articles by and/or about African American children's book luminaries — one a day throughout February. For the final day of February: "A Fine Bookshelf" by Ibi Zoboi (with bonus interview with Rita Williams-Garcia and Edwidge Danticat!) Shortest month of...
      

A Fine Bookshelf

I once taught a rites-of-passage class to a group of African American and Caribbean American teenage girls. The workshops included lessons in history, self-care, and literacy. These classes weren’t supposed to be like school. I was there to help deepen their understanding of their world and their place in it.I...
      

Shortest month of the year #HBBlackHistoryMonth16

As our #HBBlackHistoryMonth16 coverage comes to a close, here is a reminder that these articles by and about African American children's literature luminaries should be read by everyone, everywhere, everyday, not just during the shortest month of the year. In the meantime, we'll keep updating our Horn Book Talking About...
      

Week in Review, February 22nd-26th: Black History Month Week 4

This week on hbook.com…Black History MonthFor Black History Month, we've selected articles by and/or about African American children's book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week's selections: 2014 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Rita Williams-Garcia "Following in Their Fathers’ Paths" by Rudine Sims...
      

Week in Review, February 15th-19th: Black History Month Week 3

This week on hbook.com…Black History MonthFor Black History Month, we've selected articles by and/or about African American children's book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week's selections: "Who Can Tell My Story" and "Dream Keepers" (2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance) by...

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