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The Year in Words and Pictures—and Stories

As the speeches and profiles arrived for this year’s ALA Awards special issue, we noticed a theme: so many of them address the idea of learning from others, especially those who came before. That’s part of the work of acceptance speeches, of course, as creators give credit to their influences....
      

Profile of 2022 Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Grace Lin

"Book Friends Forever": Alvina and Grace as kids (left) and as roommates (right). Photos courtesy of Alvina Ling. In Grace Lin’s first novel, the semiautobiographical The Year of the Dog, Pacy first meets the new girl, Melody, in the school cafeteria after the lunch lady confuses them (they’re the only...
      

2022 Children's Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Grace Lin

Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Grace Lin in her studio. Photo: Danielle Tait. First, the thank yous. Thank you to: My agent, Rebecca ­Sherman, whom I have forgotten to mention in the past, so your name goes first this time! My family — my parents, my sisters, and of course...
      
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Review of Days of Infamy: How a Century of Bigotry Led to Japanese American Internment

Days of Infamy: How a Century of Bigotry Led to Japanese American Internment by Lawrence GoldstoneMiddle School, High School    Focus/Scholastic    288 pp.   g6/22    978-1-338-72246-8    $19.99Goldstone’s (Separate No More, rev. 3/21) Constitutional history of Asian i­mmigration to the U.S. provides extensive context for the shameful Japanese American incarceration during WWII....
      

Week in Review, May 23rd-27th

  This week on hbook.com... Lauren Wolk Talks with Roger about My Own Lightning Learning to Read Upside Down by Amanda Lawrence   From the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial: An Interview with Ginny Moore Kruse by Nina Lindsay After the Call: Blooming at Last...
      

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, "a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States." Here are some articles, interviews, and booklists by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to help acknowledge, celebrate, and amplify the voices of children's book creators of Asian and Pacific...
      

Week in Review, May 16th-20th

  This week on hbook.com... May Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Ruta Sepetys about I Must Betray You; 4 books for older readers about the costs of conflict; 5 middle grade titles about the Jewish experience for Jewish American Heritage Month; 6 middle grade realism novels for...
      

Books mentioned in the May 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Ruta Sepetys I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys; Philomel. The costs of conflicts Enduring Freedom by Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy; Algonquin. Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn; Putnam. World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story by Kenan Trebinčević and Susan Shapiro; Clarion. The...
      

From the Editor - May 2022

We are still reacting in horror to the racist murders in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend. Because we strongly believe that more, not less, learning and contemplation helps overcome hate, we hope that the Guide/Reviews Database booklist “Unlearning Hate,” with books for all ages, proves useful. And with May...
      

Asian/Pacific American contemporary realism

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating people in the United States with ancestral ties to the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Here are six works of realistic fiction for middle-graders and middle-schoolers that grapple with identity in engaging, often entertaining, and relatable ways....
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