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Feeling mighty lonesome, haven't slept a wink

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On my desk this morning.Spurred by Globe columnist Devra First's thoughts, Boston is a-bubble with discussion about whether it is ethically okay to buy Peet's coffee, given the company's Nazi history. The column specifically references, as the columnist's favorite, Major Dickason's Blend, which to my ears has always sounded ineffably...

Activists and activism

Easton, Emily  Enough!: 20 Protesters Who Changed AmericaGr. K–3     48 pp.     CrownIllustrated by Ziyue Chen. Each spread of this book features a person, pair, or group that became known for their change-making actions, which are briefly described in a line of text (e.g., "Colin took a knee") and ably represented...

Stand Up! with Anastasia Higginbotham at CPL

On Saturday, February 23, author Anastasia Higginbotham was the special guest at the Cambridge Public Library's Stand Up! Storytime for Social Justice event organized by children's librarian and Friend of the Horn Book Hillary Saxton. Higginbotham is the author of the Ordinary Terrible Things picture book series, including Death Is...

Counting on You

Jason Low has announced that the Diversity Baseline survey is back. Publishers, book reviewers, agents (now with agents!) please join in. If the numbers are better than they were five years ago (and I suspect they are), the first iteration of this survey should be credited with some of that...

Yes, kids CAN!

I am so in awe of the twenty-one young people, ages eleven to twenty-two, suing the Federal Government in order to recognize and address the looming crisis of climate change for a better future (or for even a future). The Juliana v. U.S. trial was set to begin next Monday,...

Promoting tolerance

Bakshi, Kelly  Roots of RacismMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialBlakemore, M. T.  White PrivilegeMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialBurling, Alexis  Race in the Criminal Justice SystemMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialEboch, M. M.  Race and EconomicsMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialEdwards, Sue Bradford  What Are Race...

Hither and Yon

There's a world outside of Yonkers, Barnaby, and I've recently visited kidlitwomen* and Calling Caldecott, talking, coincidentally (I think), about gender. I hope I did so with more understanding than the White House seems to have, although, let's be real, that's quite a low bar.Also elsewhere was our Elissa, attending...

What shall they read?

I wanted to call your attention to two articles we have recently published about African American children's literature. Kim Parker and Our Elissa interviewed Denene Millner about her publishing of instant-landmark Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, and her interest in black everyday life stories. Children's literature professor Jonda McNair...

She's no longer a gypsy

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Sandra Church, the original Rose Louise in GYPSYDemonstrating that the social pressure to change the names of things is not limited to librarians and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Actors' Equity has announced that the legendary "Gypsy Robe" has been renamed the "Legacy Robe." (Sound familiar?)The Gypsy Robe referenced neither actual Roma people...
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