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H is for Harlem: April Harrison's 2023 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

This book taught me things that I didn’t know about Harlem. Dinah’s words took me on a journey of discovery. I not only discovered the history behind some of Harlem’s legendary buildings; it made me dive deeper into the actual people who made these buildings so special. When I started...
      

H Is for Harlem: Dinah Johnson's 2023 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Greetings! I am so thrilled to accept this honor award from the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Committee. It is an honor because there are so many beautiful books they could have recognized, so it’s thrilling that they’ve recognized this one. Harlem is a special place with special people and a...
      

Black History Month 2024

In commemoration of Black History Month, we'll be featuring articles, speeches, interviews, and reviews from The Horn Book's past year that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a weekday through the month of February. Last Monday's ALA Youth Media Awards announcement...
      

Five questions for Breanna J. McDaniel and April Harrison

The picture-book biography Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller (Dial, 5–8 years) introduces young readers to a groundbreaking Black librarian and her contributions. We spoke with author Breanna J. McDaniel (a former Horn Book Guide reviewer and graduate of the Center for the...
      

Rising to the occasion

As Black History Month approaches in February (watch for our upcoming annual coverage!), these seven books are helpful starting points for intermediate and/or middle-school readers seeking engaging and resilient Black protagonists in compelling fictional narratives that reflect a range of experience, from light-and-lively (see: Stuntboy’s antics) to more serious (and...
      

An Excerpt from "I Am Myrtilla's Daughter" — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Like so many authors, I have had to deal with book banners, though on a relatively small scale. Last year my picture book A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart was challenged in Virginia by a parent whose child thought it was about skateboards. Spoiler alert...
      

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group  Writer and librarian Vaunda Micheaux Nelson has made something of a specialty of bringing hitherto under-recognized African American heroes into prominence, witness her 2009 picture book, Bad...
      

Nikki Grimes and Brian Pinkney Talk with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Holiday House/Peachtree/Pixel+Ink   A Walk in the Woods was to be Nikki Grimes and Jerry Pinkney’s first collaboration, but Jerry sadly died before the book could be completed. Below, Jerry’s...
      

Michael Datcher and Frank Morrison Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Random House Children’s Books   Harlem is of course a place, but is also the name of Michael Datcher’s daughter, and in Harlem at Four, Datcher and painter Frank Morrison...
      

Amber McBride Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here.   Sponsored by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group  Spoiler alert: Gone Wolf, despite what you might surmise well through its first couple of hundred pages, is not set...
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