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My boss Betsy

As a student, I only knew Betsy Hearne from her occasional swanning in to talk to Zena about her dissertation in progress, a history and analysis of “Beauty and the Beast,” from Cupid and Psyche to Robin McKinley*. Betsy was then children’s book editor of Booklist, where she had been reviewing since 1968. But everyone […]

My teacher Zena

Behold, in the photograph at left, an embodiment of the phrase dimples of iron. If Louise was the one who led me to children’s librarianship, Zena Sutherland gave me my focus on children’s books. I hadn’t even intended to take her class, but my friend Marybeth convinced me it would be fun to take together. […]

Five questions for Winifred Conkling

In Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot (Algonquin, 12 years and up), Winifred Conkling explores the history of the U.S. suffrage movement, beginning with the Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 and culminating with ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment over seventy years later. She focuses on major figures in the movement […]

Review of Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown; illus. by John Parra Primary    NorthSouth    40 pp. 9/17    978-0-7358-4269-4    $17.95 Spanish ed.  978-0-7358-4292-2    $17.95 Mexican painter, feminist icon, artistic genius — to these descriptors for Frida Kahlo we should add “animal lover.” That’s the takeaway from this lovely biographical portrait (simultaneously published in a Spanish-language edition), […]

Who run the world?

March is Women’s History Month. These inspiring nonfiction books for primary and intermediate readers relate how determined girls pursued their dreams — and their faith in a better future — to become trailblazers in the arts, sports, STEM, and social justice. For more recommended reading about extraordinary women, click on the tag Women’s History Month. […]

Review of Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and 
the Battle for the Ballot

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and 
the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling Middle School, High School    Algonquin    310 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-61620-734-2    $18.95 This is a fascinating account of the bumpy road to women’s suffrage in the U.S., beginning in earnest with the Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 and culminating with the ratifying […]

A Preponderance of Pink: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning

Kathleen T. Horning is director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education), which has been documenting publishing statistics concerning children’s books by and about people of color since 1985. The newly expanded CCBC database allows for a deeper examination of picture books through a variety […]

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, […]

Women’s History Month, Week 5

March is Women’s History Month, and now seems like an especially important time to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Look for the hashtag #HBWomensHistory17 on Facebook and Twitter and here at hbook.com. This week’s articles: recommended bios of female innovators in the visual arts review of Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life […]

Women in the visual arts

We’re commemorating Women’s History Month in typical Horn Book fashion — by highlighting great books! Last week we recommended books about groundbreaking women in STEM; here are some recent picture-book biographies (plus one memoir and one tribute anthology) of innovative female visual artists. Today brought some good news regarding women and art: it’s just been […]