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Never Too Nappy

by Michelle H. Martin “Brenda, you sure do got some nappy hair on your head, don’t you?” So begins Uncle Mordecai’s narrative in Carolivia Herron and Joe Cepeda’s controversial picture book, Nappy Hair (Knopf, 1997). All of the relatives have gathered around for a summer picnic, and as Uncle Mordecai tells the story of how […]

Politi for Christmas

On her first visit to California in January 1947, Bertha Mahony Miller spent a productive evening with the rising illustrator Leo Politi. From the evidence, it was a thoroughly congenial evening too. Bertha Miller was rounding out thirty busy years as editor of the Horn Book and director of its progenitor, The Bookshop for Boys […]