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Week in Review, May 3rd-7th

  This week on hbook.com...   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...

A Letter to Readers: ¡Celebremos!: 25 Years of the Pura Belpré Award

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to this special issue of The Horn Book Magazine commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award and, more generally, Latinx literature for young people. As the 2020–21 vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and as past president of the National Association...

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,...

Editorial: (Re)Claiming Our Literature (May/June 2021)

Welcome to our celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award, founded in 1996 by REFORMA and the American Library Association to honor Latino and Latina creators of children’s and young adult literature whose work “best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.” But before I pass...
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