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Week in Review, May 3rd-7th

  This week on   From the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25: Table of Contents: May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25 Editorial: (Re)Claiming Our Literature (May/June 2021) by Sujei Lugo A Letter to Readers:...

Mother's Day 2021

Mother’s Day 2021 (this Sunday, May 9, people) is, of course, the second one to fall during the pandemic. Boston Public Garden’s Duckling Day is virtual yet again, which means you don’t need to be local to be a part of the celebration. (Read more by and about the Ducklings' papa, Robert McCloskey, here.)  Here are some recommended books, articles, and blog...

A Note from Me (May 7, 2021)

Dear friends: Normally on this first Friday in May I’d be winging my way to Chicago for the Zena Sutherland Lecture tonight, but this year I’ll be watching from home along with everybody else as ZS lecturer Jason Reynolds does his inimitable thing. I’m looking forward to it — I...

Cinco de Mayo 2021

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate (virtually!) with three updated booklists from the Guide/Reviews Database starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language. We've got recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for primary, intermediate, and older readers. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real...

Star Wars Day 2021

Nothing says "Happy Star Wars Day!" like a Baby Origami Yoda, folded last week by Horn Book executive editor Elissa's eight-year-old Jedi-in-training (a.k.a padawan) during the annual Margret & H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture, presented by the Cambridge Public Library, the Curious George Fund, and the Cambridge Public Library Foundation....

Teacher Appreciation 2021

This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, with Tuesday, May 4, being National Teacher Day. If ever there was a year to celebrate educators, 2021 is that year. Please, #ThankaTeacher (including teacher librarians, if your district is lucky enough to have them).   Teachers, did you ever imagine the depths of resilience you would have...

May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine cover surprise

Peek-a-boo! It's the complete May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25 cover. Art by Paola Escobar, gif by Horn Book designer Mark Tuchman.   Single copies of this special issue are available for $15.00 including postage and may be ordered from: Kristy South Administrative Coordinator,...

May Day 2021

In commemoration of International Workers' Day, or May Day, here are some book reviews and links to amplify the fight of workers and their efforts to secure better working conditions for all. This has special resonance in 2021 as we remember the struggle for protections that essential workers — grocery and...

Week in Review, April 26th-30th

  This week on Cynthia Levinson and Evan Turk Talk with Roger about The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art   From the March/April 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Spring 2021 - Five Questions for... Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé | Graci Kim | Carole Boston Weatherford...
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