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Everyday Africa

September is National African Immigrant Heritage Month, established by the United States House of Representatives in 2015. One board book and two picture books move beyond the sensationalized topics often associated with Africa and broaden perceptions of the continent by capturing familiar scenes of everyday life. For more related books see Monica...

Hispanic/Latine/x Connections

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Latine/x Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), we offer a "Book Bundle" of three recent picture books to help readers acknowledge and honor the voices, history, culture, and boundless contributions of Hispanic and Latine/x communities all year round. Find related books, articles, interviews, and more...

Yas, Queens!

The queen archetype has long been a fixture in literature, mythology, and popular culture. Stories (like the three picture-book biographies highlighted below) about female people who command respect, have a voice, fight for what they believe in, and enhance the lives of others through compassionate service are imperative for our...

Every Day Is Grandparents Day!

Happy National Grandparents Day, this year on Sunday, September 10! Grandparents have long been the backbone of families and entire communities, so it’s fitting that they’re given pride of place in these three picture books. Find more related books and articles from Hbook.com here and at the Guide/Reviews Database: Subject: Families--Grandparents. Camacho-Church,...

The Power of Literacy

September 8th is International Literacy Day, the perfect bridgehead from which to use these three picture books to proclaim the power of books and reading in the face of increasing attacks on libraries and literacy. For more related books, see Make way for...book-makers from the August 2023 issue of Notes from the...

Twelve New Middle-Grade Novels with Caribbean Protagonists

Tweens are at the stage of cognitive development where their brains are beginning to gain a broader understanding of abstract ideas and predispose them to trying new things. Thus, the middle grades are a critical time for expanding young people’s reading palettes in order to form their literary tastes and...

Caribbean book recommendations

Picture Books Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, illus. by Raúl Colón (Cavendish, 2011) Olympic Hero: Lennox Kilgour’s Story by Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, illus. by Dillon Sedar (Caribbean Studies Press, 2014) Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael López (Houghton, 2015) Marcus...

Foreign Correspondence: Beyond the “Four Fs”: Caribbean Own Voices

In 2013 Deborah Ahenkorah, cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab (a social enterprise aimed at promoting African children’s literature), wrote an article in The Huffington Post titled “Where Are the Stories for African Children?” In it she decried the relative absence of books in which African children could see...

Foreign Correspondence: An Interview with Deborah Ahenkorah: Torchbearer for African Children’s Publishing

Deborah AhenkorahI first became aware of Deborah Ahenkorah a few years ago when I was prospecting the internet for groups working to address diversity issues in children’s publishing. Ahenkorah is the cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab, the groundbreaking pan-African social enterprise behind the Golden Baobab Prizes for African...
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