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

Cover and “Seeing Ourselves” header art © 2023 by Bryan Collier.



We Need Diverse Books by The WNDB team
A decade of action.

CCBC and Diverse Books by Merri V. Lindgren, Megan Schliesman, Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, and Madeline Tyner
Numbers are just part of the story.

The Mary Nagel Sweetser Lecture

Lost & Found by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
Recover, discover, uncover through sharing our stories.

Complicated Feelings by Cece Bell
A comic.

What “They” Want by Tom Angleberger
“It makes sense to ban diverse books if the goal is avoiding a diverse reality.”

We Need Diverse Muslim and Jewish Books by Sadaf Siddique and Heidi Rabinowitz
An update.

GTFOH with Magical Headaches by Katie Bircher
Chronic pain in YA fantasy.

Getting There by Alec B. Chunn and Anastasia Collins
Taking a trip through queer kidlit.

Loving Langston & Learning from Literary History by Dianne Johnson-Feelings
Honoring the creators who laid the foundation.

Reflections on the Pura Belpré Award by Alicia K. Long
An interview with co-founder Sandra Ríos Balderrama.

Inclusive Imprints by Shoshana Flax
An update.




Book Lives by Elissa Gershowitz
“Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future” is the conversation.

Seeing Ourselves

Recent Walter Award winners and honorees share a memory or a hope about diversity in books for young people.

Listen to the Kids by Christina Soontornvat

When I Read by Janelle Washington

Correcting the Landscape by Andrea L. Rogers

Stories Worthy of Being Told by Rajani LaRocca

All Books for All by Angela Joy

QTBIPOC in Abundance by Sonora Reyes

Our Stories Could Fly by Ibi Zoboi

The Mannequin of Charles Towne by Eden Royce

Cherokee DNA Tree of Life by Jeff Edwards

Write to Preserve, Edit to Protect by Angeline Boulley

Field Notes

Beyond the “Hero’s Journey” by Julie Hakim Azzam
We need diverse curricula.

A Publisher’s Perspective

Three Decades of Inclusive Publishing by Jason Low
Lee & Low’s publisher and co-owner looks back and ahead.



Book Reviews



May/June Starred Books


Contributor Notes

Index to Advertisers

Index to Books Reviewed


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