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Letter to the Editor from Margaret Bush, January/February 2012

September/October 2011 Horn Book Barbara Bader’s series of articles on the “second generation” of prominent librarians in the children’s services field (“Virginia Haviland,” January/February 2011; “Augusta Baker,” May/June 2011; “Mildred Batchelder,” September/October 2011) has been enjoyable to read. For the small number of us who worked with these librarians or knew them, Bader stirs up […]

An Interview with Augusta Baker

by Henrietta M. Smith HENRIETTA M. SMITH: Will you tell me a little about your childhood? AUGUSTA BAKER: I was an only child, so I had to entertain myself a lot. There were no nursery schools, and I guess I must have driven my mother crazy with endless questions. My father, Winsfort Braxston, was a […]

The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature

by Augusta Baker In the 1920’s and 1930’s, children’s books seemed to foster prejudice by planting false images in the minds of children. Most authors were white, with little knowledge about black life, and yet they wrote as if they were authorities. No wonder it was an accepted fact in children’s books that blacks were […]

Profile of Newbery Medalist Paula Fox

by Augusta Baker The Slave Dancer is Paula Fox’s first historical novel, though she has written fourteen books, eleven for children and three for adults. The novel is set in 1840 but its vividness reaches beyond the past — beyond the horror, the cruelty, and the ugliness of the slave trade — to touch us […]