Black History Month 2024

In commemoration of Black History Month, we'll be featuring articles, speeches, interviews, and reviews from The Horn Book's past year that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a weekday through the month of February.

Last Monday's ALA Youth Media Awards announcement saw a Caldecott win for Vashti Harrison for Big, which was also a CSK Author Honor Book, a CSK Illustrator Honor Book, a National Book Award finalist for Young People’s Literature (YPL), and a Horn Book Fanfare 2023 title, so we're starting off the month with Vashti's five questions interview about the book from the May 2023 Notes from the Horn Book.

Check back here to follow along each day/week and look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook (see also HBBlackHistoryMonth16, HBBlackHistoryMonth17, HBBlackHistoryMonth18, HBBlackHistoryMonth19, HBBlackHistoryMonth20, HBBlackHistoryMonth21, HBBlackHistoryMonth22, and HBBlackHistoryMonth23). Be sure to follow The Brown Bookshelf's "28 Days Later" initiative ("designed to celebrate Black children’s book creators and raise awareness of those who may be under the radar of librarians, educators and families"), and on Twitter @brownbookshelf.

 

Week 1

2/1: Vashti Harrison's five questions interview for Big from the May 2023 Notes from the Horn Book

2/2: Chrystal D. Giles Talks with Roger about Not an Easy Win

 

Week 2

2/5: Amina Luqman-Dawson's Newbery and CSK Author Award acceptances for Freewater plus a profile of her and a profile of her editor, Alexandra Hightower, from the July/August 2023 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: ALA Awards

2/6: Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement author Angela Joy's "Seeing Ourselves: All Books for All" and illustrator Janelle Washington's "Seeing Ourselves: When I Read," from the May/June 2023 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future

2/7: Jerry Craft's five questions interview for School Trip from the April 2023 Notes from the Horn Book: Summer Reading

2/8: Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson's Mary Nagel Sweetser Lecture: "Lost & Found: Recover, Discover, Uncover Through Sharing Our Stories," from the May/June 2023 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future

2/9: Amber McBride Talks with Roger about Gone Wolf

 

Week 3

2/12: Frank Morrison's CSK Illustrator Award acceptance speech for Standing in the Need of Prayer plus a profile of him; see also: Michael Datcher and Frank Morrison Talk with Roger about Harlem at Four

2/13: Root Magic author Eden Royce's "Seeing Ourselves: The Mannequin of Charles Towne" from the May/June 2023 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future

2/14: Claudette S. McLinn’s CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement acceptance speech

2/15: H is for Harlem author Dianne Johnson-Feelings’ (aka Dinah Johnson) “Loving Langston & Learning from Literary History" from the May/June 2023 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future

2/16: Nikki Grimes and Brian Pinkney Talk with Roger about A Walk in the Woods

 

Week 4

2/19: James E. Ransome's Children's Literature Legacy Award acceptance speech and profile of him

2/20: Star Child author Ibi Zoboi's "Seeing Ourselves: Our Stories Could Fly: The Future of Books for Black Children" from the May/June 2023 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Diverse Books: Past, Present, and Future

2/21: Five Questions for Breanna J. McDaniel and April Harrison about Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller and "Rising to the occasion" from January 2024 Notes from the Horn Book

2/22: An excerpt from Zetta Elliott's Zena Sutherland Lecture "I Am Myrtilla's Daughter" from the November/December 2023 Horn Book Magazine

2/23: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Talks with Roger about Small Shoes, Great Strides: How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality

 

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