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Review of Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!

Harold & Hog Pretend for Real! [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!] by Dan Santat; illus. by the author; with additional illustrations by Mo Willems Primary    Hyperion    64 pp.    g 5/19    978-1-368-02716-8    $9.99 Santat takes the already-meta Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series to new heights of self-awareness in this easy reader starring Harold and Hog, […]

Review of B Is for Baby

B Is for Baby by Atinuke; illus. by Angela Brooksbank Preschool    Candlewick    40 pp. 3/19    978-1-5362-0166-6    $16.99 Atinuke and Brooksbank (Baby Goes to Market) reunite for another tenderly funny slice-of-life story set in an unspecified African village and starring a winsome baby girl, who is dearly loved. This alphabet book sticks with the letter B, […]

Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2019: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50

Table of Contents Features “Let Our Rejoicing Rise” by Rudine Sims Bishop Celebrating fifty years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. “An Interview with George and Bernette Ford” by Roger Sutton Two icons of Black children’s literature reflect on its history and future. “Just Us Books” by Cheryl Willis Hudson Behind the founding of […]

Lift Every Voice: A Matter of Choice

Though many things in life are set to autopilot, we thrive when we are choosing. I made the choice to be an artist when I was around seven and realized I could copy Fred Flintstone pretty accurately. It was a spark of magic that I wanted more of. As an only child, I was able […]

Review of Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born

Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born by Miranda Paul; illus. by Jason Chin Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp. 4/19    978-0-8234-4161-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4213-3    $18.99 A pithy quintain describes the moment a fertilized human egg becomes a two-celled zygote: “Small. / Ball. / The point of a pin. / Then it divides… / Our story begins.” It’s the first […]

What’s So Funny, Mr. Scieszka? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

The voice flew across the room and nailed me to the back of my seat. “What’s so funny, Mr. Scieszka?” The voice belonged to Sister Margaret Ann. And it had just flown across our fifth-grade religion class at St. Luke’s Elementary School to find me in what I had thought was the safety of the […]

Lift Every Voice: From One Book to Many

When I was in sixth grade, my elementary school hired a new librarian. I don’t remember her name. I only know that she was young, white, and had been a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa. This new librarian taught us African songs and dances, and would then put on music so we could show off […]

Review of With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo High School    HarperTeen    392 pp. 5/19    978-0-06-266283-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-266285-9    $9.99 High school senior Emoni Santiago, whose “Puerto Rican side is as Black as [her] Black American side,” is many things — an aspiring chef, a proud North Philly native, a reserved student who keeps to […]

Review of The Little Guys

The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 4/19    978-1-62672-442-6    $17.99 The “strongest guys in the whole forest” are the Little Guys — small pastel-colored creatures with acorn-cap hats; red, nose-like appendages; and stick arms and legs. Together there is nothing they cannot conquer. For example, their […]

Let Our Rejoicing Rise: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards originated as a response to the failure of the children’s literature establishment to acknowledge the talents and contributions of African American writers and illustrators. As late as 1969, forty-seven years after the first Newbery Medal had been awarded, and thirty-one years after the awarding of the first Caldecott Medal, […]