Can I Touch Your Hair? and the N-Bomb: What is appropriate for children?

By Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books

A customer on Amazon recently expressed concerns that the book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship is not appropriate for elementary students because it includes a poem called “The N-Bomb” that references the existence of the N-word (though doesn’t spell it out). Coauthors Charles Waters and Irene Latham and editor Carol Hinz wanted to share their thoughts about the poem, the word, and tackling difficult topics with children. Read More

Visit Lerner at ALA!

By Libby Stille, Associate Publicist

Headed to ALA Annual this weekend? In between jockeying for a seat at Michelle Obama’s keynote and stargazing at Emilio Estevez’s film screening, visit Lerner in booth 3522 to learn more about our books and to meet some of our authors and illustrators! Read More