Journal #4: The Horn Book

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This week I explored The Horn Book’s website (http://www.hbook.com/horn-book-magazine-2/#_). The Horn Book online is the digital version of what began as the premier guide to children’s literature. On this website teachers and librarians can find resources on both children’s and young adult book selection, information about authors and illustrators, as well as opinion pieces about children’s literature and books for young adults.

For the purpose of this assignment, I read the article entitled “Orlando” by Christopher Myers, son of prolific young adult author, Walter Dean Myers. This article is a reflection on the shooting at Pulse, an Orlando night club. In this poignant article, Myers reflects on the importance of authors telling the stories of those who need a voice, much like he and his father do when they write stories reflecting their own culture(s).

As a resource, The Horn Book website is a place where librarians can visit to determine the relative value of a text by a particular author in his or her library. Careful consideration of one’s particular patronage can be useful when reading the various reviews and opinion pieces present on the Horn website. I could see this being a valuable resource for regular use when determining which titles would be appropriate for purchase, as well as a book’s cultural relevance in the library.

The content found on The Horn Book website is certainly culturally relevant, current, and especially useful for librarians and teachers grades K-12. There appears to be a balance between resources appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school, and I look forward to using this website this year as a teacher of high school students, as I encourage my students to rediscover their love of reading, as well as in my future career as a librarian, as I determine what books to purchase for my future patrons.

Until we meet again, remember the happiness there is to find in this world, especially on the pages of a book.

Mrs. J

from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine

“Should a Happiness Machine, he wondered, be something you can carry in your pocket? Or, he went on, should it be something that carries you in its pocket?’One thing I absolutely know,’ he said aloud. ‘It should be bright‘” (Bradbury 63).

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