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Finding the Right Shoes: Reading War Stories with Kids

It was the late 1980s, during a period known for car bombs in the Lebanese civil war. I was a child living in suburban Chicago, but the majority of my extended family was still in Beirut, experiencing a horrific war. I heard stories of the war in newspapers, letters, and...
      

Week in Review, February 12th-16th

This week on hbook.com…The 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, were announced on Monday. See how The Horn Book reviewed major award-winners and honor books!Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: Reviews, interviews, and speeches on the March trilogy by Rep. John Lewis and...
      

The Writer’s Page: Fighting the Lost Cause

In 2004, when I took my first journey through the Deep South since growing up in Lexington, Virginia, I couldn’t stop noticing all the Confederate statues. My childhood schoolbooks had led me to believe I’d grown up in a uniquely historic community that had been justifiably filled with monuments. But,...
      

Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community

As a school librarian, I strongly believe in the importance of books as mirrors and windows for students, especially with so many divisive things happening in our society. Using these sorts of books in the classroom helps to start tough dialogue that's necessary for educators and students alike. That doesn't...
      

See You in Chicago by CSK Author Award co-winner Andrew Aydin

Editor’s note: The 2017 Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speeches for March: Book Three by coauthors John Lewis and Andrew Aydin that we would normally publish in this issue were not available at press time. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin are scheduled to deliver their acceptances at the CSK...
      

Making a Difference, Week 5 / Black History Month, Week 1

Throughout January, we celebrated people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we recommended a book or article about someone who has effected positive change.This week's picks: Out of the Box post Look to the lunchroom by librarian Danielle Winter Field Notes: "Loud in the Library:...
      

Five Questions for Coretta Scott King Jury Member Martha V. Parravano

1. You are not new to committee life (Newbery, Boston Globe–Horn Book, LA Times Book Prize, Wilder). What is unique about the CSK?MVP: My CSK jury service has so far been very much like the other committees I've served on: we set out to identify and recognize the very best...
      

More Horn Book goodies about YMA 2017 winners

To accompany our 2017 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year's Youth Media Award winners.Talks with RogerRoger Talks with Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award winnerRoger Talks with Caren Stelson, Sibert Honor winner Horn Book Magazine Q&AJavaka Steptoe, Caldecott Medal winner and Coretta Scott King...
      

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...
      

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

The Horn Book is closed today in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is our 2016 booklist about the great American civil rights leader.You can also read about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, a...

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