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Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2018: Special Issue: Making a Difference

Table of Contents Features “Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: 
An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden” by Roger Sutton The first female and first African American 
Librarian of Congress talks about mirror books, youth librarianship, and nonpartisanship. “’To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful’: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book” by Jonda C. McNair […]

Editorial: “Get Up from the Chair!”

Welcome to our seriously special issue on the theme of “making a difference.” With a deep sense of history and purpose and interconnection (how many times is Virginia Hamilton cited?), and with some thirty contributors, from Susan Cooper (on Ursula K. Le Guin) to Dhonielle Clayton (on Hamilton’s Willie Bea) to Kevin Henkes (on the […]

Earth Day 2018

This year’s observation of the annual Earth Day takes place on April 22. The campaign focus for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution.” The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces (including plastic pollution), and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles […]

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

In 2016 Dr. Carla Hayden was confirmed as the fourteenth Librarian of Congress — the first African American and the first woman to hold that position. Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Dr. Hayden go way back, to their days at the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago. In February, Roger […]

Looking Inward and Out: Michelle Obama at the Simmons Leadership Conference

On April 5, Simmons College hosted its 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference on the theme “Disrupt the Ordinary.” The culmination of a very impressive lineup of speakers was a concluding discussion between Simmons College President Helen G. Drinan and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event took place at the Boston Seaport Hotel & World […]

Nic Stone in Parents Magazine

Though I don’t go out of my way to read parenting magazines (and I will likely never have it together enough to “Pack a Super-Fun Lunch!”), if I do see one, I’ll give it a browse. I was so glad to discover Nic Stone‘s article “My Boy and the Bus” in the February 2018 issue […]

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Making a Difference

• Horn Book Magazine May/June 2018 Special Issue: Making a Difference • Family Reading: A Place for All Families • Boston’s #MarchforOurLives rally • With a Little Help from Their Friends • Refugees Welcome Here • Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month • Library Legislation and Literacy as Liberation • #KidLitWomen   From the April 2018 Spring News […]

Preview May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Making a Difference Cover by Yuyi Morales. 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. Jonda C. McNair and Rudine Sims Bishop examine the […]

The faces of change

This perfectly placed Post-It, indicating the publication month of a newly arrived book, grabbed my attention: “I Have the Right to March”? I immediately thought of the student-led, nationwide March for Our Lives demonstration for gun legislation reform coming up on March 24th. It’s been on all of our minds here at The Horn Book […]

“Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.”

“We adults [Ed. note: ahem, ahem] know, of course, that Africa is a continent, not a country. Also that it is diverse, full of real people and places that are varied and distinct.” —Monica Edinger’s 2014 Horn Book Magazine article “Books About Africa“ “The Caribbean is one of the most culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse […]