Preview May/June 2023 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future

Special Issue: Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future

Original cover art by Bryan Collier.

The We Need Diverse Books Team looks back on a decade in books.

“Numbers are just part of the story”: Merri V. Lindgren, Megan Schliesman, Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, and Madeline Tyner on the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and diverse books.

Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson’s Mary Nagel Sweetser Lecture: Lost & Found — Recover, Discover, Uncover Through Sharing Our Stories.

“Complicated Feelings”: a comic by Cece Bell.

Tom Angleberger on what “they” — book challengers — want.

We need diverse Muslim and Jewish books: an update from Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique.

Katie Bircher wishes YA fantasy books would “GTFOH with magical headaches” and problematic chronic pain representation.

Alec B. Chunn and Anastasia Collins take a trip through queer kidlit.

Dianne Johnson-Feelings on “Loving Langston & Learning from Literary History.”

Alicia K. Long interviews Pura Belpré Award cofounder Sandra Ríos Balderrama.

Inclusive imprints: an update from Shoshana Flax.

“Seeing Ourselves”: essays from Christina Soontornvat, Janelle Washington, Andrea L. Rogers, Rajani LaRoccaAngela Joy, Sonora Reyes, Ibi Zoboi, Eden Royce, Jeff Edwards, and Angeline Boulley.

Field Notes: Julie Hakim Azzam calls for high school reading that goes “Beyond the ‘Hero’s Journey.”

A Publisher’s Perspective: Jason Low, publisher and co-owner of Lee & Low Books, looks back and forward.

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