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Profile of 2015 Wilder Medal winner Donald Crews

Looking back on my childhood, it is clear that my parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas Crews, gave my sister and me a visual education. They taught us to look at the world and shared with us their passion for visual and cinematic art. They taught us that the way something is presented is a […]

Review of Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century

Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Raúl Colón Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 12/14    978-0-375-85606-8    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-95606-5    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-385-39246-4    $10.99 Opera singer Leontyne Price didn’t just stand on the shoulders of Marian Anderson, she “blew open the door that Marian left ajar.” Born in 1927 in […]

Be-bop-a-skoodley!

These new picture-book biographies of African American music pioneers give primary readers something to sing about during Black History Month — and all year long. Seven-year-old Melba Liston chose to learn to play the trombone — an unconventional choice for a girl. By age seventeen, she was touring alongside the jazz greats. As a female […]

Black History Month

Aretha, David The Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow Aretha, David The Story of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow Aretha, David The Story of the Civil Rights Freedom Rides in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow Aretha, David […]

Books for Black History Month

For Black History Month, we’ve put together a list of both recommended nonfiction books about important people and events and engaging fiction titles starring African American protagonists. Here’s a sampling of those new books to enjoy and share. In his autobiographical graphic novel March: Book One (cowritten by Andrew Aydin), Congressman John Lewis — the […]

Five questions for Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson is an acclaimed author and poet whose numerous contributions to children’s and young adult literature include Carver: A Life in Poems (Front, 13–16 years); A Wreath for Emmett Till (illus. by Philippe Lardy; Houghton, 13–16 years); and Freedom Business: Including a Narrative of the Life & Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa […]

Black History Month booklist

The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more on multiculturalism, visit our Talking About Race page and read the Horn Book’s reviews of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award winners. Picture books Suggested grade level for each entry: […]

Hand in Hand: Author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Anyone who has dared to reach for a far-off horizon knows what it takes. It takes a mighty pair of hands to craft a chain, build a bridge, make a change. It takes a mighty pair of hands to seize an opportunity. To grab a ball and run with it. To hold on tight as […]

Young dreamers

I had wanted to write something funny. I thought I had something to add to recent discussions about the diversity and lack thereof in children’s literature — a unique perspective, perhaps. I was raised in the midst of these conversations about cultural diversity in children’s media. My father, Walter Dean Myers, has been on the […]

Middle-school reading for Black History Month

Four nonfiction books on African American history for middle-school readers.