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 being Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month — groups (with overlap among them) that are also regularly targeted for hate, as Taiwanese Americans were in Santa Ana, California, on Sunday — it’s up to us all to make children feel secure and valued.

On hbook.com, we continue our Newbery centennial coverage with “After the Call” reminiscences so far from medalists Susan Cooper, Katherine Paterson, Cynthia Voigt, the late Patricia MacLachlan, Lois Lowry, and Jerry Spinelli, along with Linda Sue Park’s smart, thoughtful, dare we say optimistic look (with charts!) at the past twenty years of award winners. There’s lots more to come — follow #HBNewbery100 and join the conversation!

From the May 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is acting editor in chief / executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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