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Spring Break (?!) 2018

Though it doesn’t feel much like spring here in Massachusetts (brr!), this is April School Vacation Week. Monday was Patriots’ Day, a state holiday commemorating the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord; it was also Marathon Monday, and this year’s 122nd Boston Marathon marked five years since that horrible, unforgettable day of the marathon […]

Nic Stone in Parents Magazine

Though I don’t go out of my way to read parenting magazines (and I will likely never have it together enough to “Pack a Super-Fun Lunch!”), if I do see one, I’ll give it a browse. I was so glad to discover Nic Stone‘s article “My Boy and the Bus” in the February 2018 issue […]

On Rising

Fifty years ago today — April 4, 1968 — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s transcendent Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (Scholastic, 2018), brilliantly illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney, honors the civil rights icon’s life and work by shining light on his death. Roger calls the […]

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 over scratchy long-distance phone calls. […]

Marching for their lives

This Saturday, March 24th, will see many communities around the world participating in youth-led March for Our Lives protest demonstrations. Here is the information about our local Boston March. The topics of guns, gun safety, and especially school shootings can be difficult to broach. Here are a selection of books that could help get these […]

Patterns

Late winter in New England means a kind of limbo between seasons. You never know what it will be like out — snow or mud or something in between. So when I was preparing for a visit to my twin daughters’ classroom to teach a winter science lesson, I had to be flexible. The class […]

Women’s History Month 2018

March is Women’s History Month, and that gave author-illustrator-supermom-friend-of-the-Horn-Book Grace Lin [edited to add, per Comment below] and colleagues including Karen Blumenthal, Meg Medina, Christine Taylor-Butler, and Jeanette Bradley, plus others a radical idea: let’s celebrate and amplify the work and voices of women in the children’s book industry. (Remember how last year we said, […]

The arc of the moral universe

Like many people in the country, I’ve been inspired by the Florida high school students who are making impassioned calls for gun law reform in the wake of last week’s mass shooting. Rather than turning inward to process the trauma — which would make complete sense — they’re using the national spotlight, social media, and […]

On Christopher Myers’s “Orlando” (from 2016)

Just after the Pulse nightclub murders in June 2016, Christopher Myers wrote the Horn Book Magazine article “Orlando“: What happens next, in the wake of these sorts of tragedies, I’m sorry to say, has become increasingly familiar. News outlets scramble, desperate to find narratives that they can apply like inadequate bandages on wounds too deep […]

Picture books about Jewish women

Glaser, Linda Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty 32 pp. Houghton 2010. ISBN 978-0-547-17184-5 Illustrated by Claire A. Nivola. Glaser’s account of how Emma Lazarus came to write her iconic poem is brief, yet telling — especially when complemented by Nivola’s eloquent illustrations. Her rectilinear compositions and poses; generalized figures; and bright, […]