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Presenting the 2024 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

On Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book Editor in Chief Elissa Gershowitz announced the 2024 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2024 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious Program Honors...
      
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Review of Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time: A One-Man Show

Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time: A One-Man Show by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Eric VelasquezIntermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.4/24    9781536212976    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536234602    $18.99Weatherford provides an unflinching look at the life of Robeson (1898–1976), activist, scholar, singer, actor, and athlete. Through a series of resonant first-person, free-verse poems,...
      

Review of A Crown of Stories: The Life and Language of Beloved Writer Toni Morrison

A Crown of Stories: The Life and Language of Beloved Writer Toni Morrison by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Khalif Tahir ThompsonPrimary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    48 pp.4/24    9780062911032    $19.99In an expressive second-person text addressed to her subject, Weatherford celebrates the life and legacy of the esteemed novelist, professor, and Nobel...
      

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...
      

Review of Kin: Rooted in Hope

Kin: Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Jeffery Boston WeatherfordIntermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    208 pp.9/23    9781665913621    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913645    $10.99From a single photograph and sparse information to a fully realized lineage of excellence, an African American author, with dramatic illustrations by her son, traces their family’s roots....
      

Publishers' Preview: Diverse Books: Five Questions for Carole Boston Weatherford

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2023 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Diverse Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Kin: Rooted...
      

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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