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On Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance Speech

“I felt an overwhelming urgency to create a testament to the positivity of African American manhood, as told through the biographies of men who shaped racial progress in the United States.” Andrea Davis Pinkney won the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (Disney-Jump at the […]

Making a Difference, Week 5 / Black History Month, Week 1

Throughout January, we celebrated people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we recommended a book or article about someone who has effected positive change. This week’s picks: Out of the Box post Look to the lunchroom by librarian Danielle Winter Field Notes: “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at […]

Frederick Douglass booklist

Need to refresh your knowledge of great abolitionist Frederick Douglass? Want to introduce his life and accomplishments to a young reader? Looking for books about Douglass to round out your Black History Month or social justice reading recommendations? The following children’s and teen books, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the […]

On Ibi Zoboi’s “A Fine Bookshelf” (from March/April 2016)

“I’ve never been able to think about literacy for black children without thinking about the historical effects of slavery. Black children were not allowed to read for far longer than there have been books that feature them.” In “A Fine Bookshelf,” published in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine, author, mother, and Haitian immigrant Ibi […]

Black History Month 2017

To commemorate Black History Month, we will send around a series of articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. It’s a tradition we began last […]

Review of Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer 
Ann Cole Lowe

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer 
Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal; 
illus. by Laura Freeman Primary    Little Bee    40 pp. 1/17    978-1-4998-0239-9    $17.99    g While the fashion world continues to recognize her work, many do not know the name Ann Cole Lowe. Blumenthal and Freeman have teamed up to place the spotlight […]

Five questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day (Viking, 7–9 years) by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a loving tribute to an iconic picture-book character, Peter — one of the first African American children in picture books — and his creator, Ezra Jack Keats, author and illustrator […]

2016 National Book Award Winner

The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell. Read The Horn Book‘s reviews of the March trilogy here: March: Book One March: Book Two March: Book Three And you can read our Five Questions interview with the […]

A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

It was one of those rickety paperback book racks that creak when you turn it. It listed to one side, so I made sure to stand on the side it was leaning away from, in order to see the books better. Spin. Creak. Spin. Creak. I’d read most of these books already. But I had […]

Five questions for John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

“To the past and future children of the movement,” reads the dedication of March: Book Three (Top Shelf, 14 years and up), the concluding volume in the graphic-novel memoir trilogy about the life of Congressman John Lewis, a sitting congressman since 1987 and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman Lewis, his coauthor Andrew Aydin, […]