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School Desegregation in Children’s Literature

by The Bookol­o­gist

In this month’s “From the Edi­tor,” Mar­sha Qua­ley share’s schol­ar Rudine Sims Bishop’s obser­va­tion that while there are many non­fic­tion books for chil­dren and YAs about the civ­il rights events of the 1950s, not too many authors have tack­led the top­ics in fic­tion. One excep­tion might be school desegregation/integration,which is the focus of this month’s time­line. We’ve includ­ed one of the first books to deal with deseg­re­ga­tion after Brown vs. The Board of Edu­ca­tion (1954), a few from the bound­ary-push­ing era of “prob­lem nov­els,” and some recent titles, which are of course also prob­lem nov­els (what nov­el isn’t!) but with flashier cov­ers. 

Oh–and one pic­ture book. Enjoy.

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Turtles in Children’s Literature

Our Book­stormbook, The Shad­ow Hero, is the ori­gin sto­ry of a super­hero, The Green Tur­tle. While this char­ac­ter is not an actu­al chelonian—though that would be an awe­some super hero—there are many tur­tles and tor­tois­es in children’s lit­er­a­ture. Some might even be, tech­ni­cal­ly, ter­rap­ins. Here are some nota­bles.

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The World in Birdy’s Time, 1290 AD

The year of Birdy’s sto­ry in Cather­ine, Called Birdy is more than 700 years ago. It might be hard for us to imag­ine what it was like to live then, before tech­nol­o­gy and planes and even the print­ing press! Read­ing the book gives us an oppor­tu­ni­ty to put our­selves into that world and time. Here’s what was going on through­out Birdy’s world to help us place the book with­in its ref­er­ence points. We know you’ll enjoy the book … and learn­ing more about his­to­ry.

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Horse Stories in Children’s Literature

Leroy Ninker Sad­dles Up rides on the with­ers of a great many pre­vi­ous books. A time­line is only an at-a-glance his­tor­i­cal sur­vey, of course; still, we cre­at­ed this one to high­light some of the sem­i­nal books in a long his­to­ry of horse sto­ries. 

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