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Standing in the Need of Prayer: Frank Morrison's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I’d like to thank the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Committee. Your vote truly boosted my confidence to move forward. Thanks, y’all. Working on these projects sometimes pulls from the heart. Dealing with topics that are still raw. Researching images that are so demeaning, horrific, and then having to enlighten the...
      

Standing in the Need of Prayer: Carole Boston Weatherford's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, Standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, Standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, Carole Boston Weatherford, glowing with gratitude: to the ancestors for creating this powerful spiritual, to editor Sonali Fry for challenging me to make the...
      

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...
      
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Review of Harlem at Four

Harlem at Four by Michael Datcher; illus. by Frank MorrisonPreschool, Primary    Random House Studio/Random    48 pp.9/23    9780593429334    $18.99Library ed.  9780593429341    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593429358    $10.99Datcher divides his narrative into two parts. First is a Black father’s loving tribute to his daughter, four-year-old Harlem. Championed by her father for her “Malcolm X...
      

Review of Breaking to the Beat!

Breaking to the Beat! by Linda J. Acevedo; illus. by Frank MorrisonPrimary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    32 pp.5/23    9781643796390    $19.95Acevedo and Morrison provide an engaging, gritty, urban retrospective on the role young people played in establishing break dancing and hip-hop. Set in the Bronx in the 1970s, the story follows...
      

2022: The Year in Words and Pictures

This year’s ALA Youth Media Award winners represent a range of experiences, expertise, interests, and topics. There are previous, beloved winners and there are newcomers to the stage — notably Doug Salati for the Caldecott Medal and Amina Luqman-Dawson for both the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Author awards. Three...
      

Profile of 2023 CSK Illustrator Award winner Frank Morrison

Sonali Fry and Frank Morrison. Photo courtesy of Sonali Fry. Every time I speak with Frank Morrison, I learn a cool fact about him. For instance, during one conversation, he told me that when he was a child, his favorite pastime was drawing Quicky, the official Nestle’s Nesquik mascot. What...
      

2023 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Frank Morrison

I try to work on books that impact me personally. I was fortunate enough to illustrate Carole Boston Weatherford’s eloquent words and interpretation of the hymns that have been sung in African American community churches for what seems like centuries. I do not claim to have the same poetic abilities...
      

Presenting the 2023 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

On Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book Editor in Chief Elissa Gershowitz announced the 2023 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2023 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED  Prestigious Program Honors...
      
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Review of How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee

How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 4/23    9781536215540    $18.99 As a young Black girl growing up in 1930s Akron, Ohio, MacNolia Cox had an affinity for words—long and complicated words in particular....
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