NYC Middle Schoolers Write the Only Children’s Book About Black Composer Florence Price

At Special Music School, NYC’s only music-focused K-12 public school, English teacher Shannon Potts assigned her sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes to study Florence Price, the first Black woman to have her music played by a major American orchestra. But as her students learned more about Price—whose contributions have become largely erased from historical and cultural memory—they realized there was little written about her, …

Holiday Gift Guides 2021: Kids + Pets

Games, toys, kits, books and more that encourage learning, imagination and play

We certainly recognize the substantial differences between children and pets, but kids and creatures depend on us for everything, from keeping them safe to encouraging them with care. It’s important to remind them how much we love them—unequivocally and unconditionally—too. Of course, giving gifts isn’t the only way to do this, but there’s something undeniably wondrous about products developed with youthful humans, canines, felines and …

Food Writer Mayukh Sen Reframes Cuisine as Cultural Windows

Mayukh Sen writes about food and its relation to cultural symbols through a decolonialized and anticapitalist perspective. In his recently released, debut book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, he does so by crafting profiles on overlooked chefs and cooks in order to rectify what he calls the “cultural amnesia” that erased them from history. “Who has to take on the burden …