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Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library. From the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference.

Women’s History Month 2018

March is Women’s History Month, and that gave author-illustrator-supermom-friend-of-the-Horn-Book Grace Lin [edited to add, per Comment below] and colleagues including Karen Blumenthal, Meg Medina, Christine Taylor-Butler, and Jeanette Bradley, plus others a radical idea: let’s celebrate and amplify the work and voices of women in the children’s book industry. (Remember how last year we said, […]

Dear Mrs. Trump

Dear Mrs. Trump, Thank you for the ten Dr. Seuss titles that you sent my school library in recognition of this year’s National Read a Book Day. (Sent second-day air, no less! That must have been expensive.) I’m proud that you recognized my school as something special. It truly is. Our beautiful and diverse student […]

“Dear Mrs. Trump” booklist

Mrs. Trump, you sent ten picture books, so I will recommend ten as well — but there are so many more! My wish is that these books will help you see:  the beautiful resilience of children who stand up to racism and oppression and for social justice and reform; children who are trying to connect […]

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, and right now it is absolutely crucial to advocate for the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes behind in search of safety elsewhere — safety that is too often denied. World Refugee Day is a good day to recommit to action supporting refugees. If you’re looking for a […]

Five questions for Ednita Kelly

For Los Angeles–area librarian Ednita Kelly — founder of the Los Angeles Public Library Book Bike and a 2016 City of Los Angeles Pioneer Women of the Year honoree — cycling is a year-round endeavor (the weather!). Her mission: to bring books to as many people in her community as possible. #LibrarianswithSuperpowers 1. What exactly […]

Libraries are not surplus

In an art gallery within the Malden (MA) Public Library on Saturday, March 18, a crowd milled about, waiting for the celebrity to appear. There were no chairs; the packed house didn’t seem to mind. Librarians tend to wear comfortable shoes. We were waiting to meet Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. She and Senator […]

On “Squeaky Little Wheels” (December 2016)

In December, Liz Phipps Soeiro followed up her Horn Book Magazine Field Notes article “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” with the Family Reading blog post “Squeaky Little Wheels,” about encouraging critical thinking and activism at home. This amazing school librarian, mom, and Family Reading contributor was just named a “Mover & […]

Movers & Shakers

There are some familiar faces on Library Journal‘s annual “Movers & Shakers” list, including elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro. Read about how Liz shakes up her school’s library in her Horn Book articles “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” and “Squeaky Little Wheels.” And spend some time perusing the Library Journal […]

“Leave the books on the bed”: Shaping a child’s social conscience

“Maybe you can help me,” a teacher called from our school library’s biography section. “I need books about…protest, I guess.” Her son’s middle school class was debating NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, as a protest against the oppression of people of color. At first her son defended Kaepernick, but […]