Hbook.com | About the Horn Book | Horn Book Magazine | Horn Book Guide | Notes from the Horn Book

Speeches

2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction: Fireboat by Maira Kalman

Jan 9, 2014 by Maira Kalman

I am what I am (and Popeye ends right there with a succinct pop, but I have been asked to go on though I admire brevity above all else and often say the less said the better unless you have a lot to say which is fine it just better be interesting) — I am what I am because my grandmother ...

Holes: Author Louis Sachar’s 1999 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Jan 10, 2000 by Louise Sachar

This is great. It is very gratifying to be recognized by the Boston Globe and Horn Book. I feel especially rewarded being here in New England at this time of year. Holes was inspired by my dislike of the hot Texas summer. It is now autumn in Texas....

Author Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Jan 1, 2009 by Sherman Alexie

I’m very excited. As you know, the award was for this book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book has sold and reached an audience in a way nothing of mine has before, and it really is because so many people in the young adult world ...

No Crystal Stair: Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s 2012 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Dec 20, 2012 by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

“Knowledge is power! You need it every hour! Read a book!” With words like these, how could I have resisted falling under the spell of Lewis Michaux? I am thrilled that his story has been embraced by so many others. The man who said, “If you don’t know and you ain’t got no dough, then you can’t go ..."

Outside the Box

Dec 1, 2016 by M. T. Anderson

I can't stand Little Women. Sure, I know Louisa May Alcott's book is a classic of children's literature; Henry James called her "the Thackeray, the Trollope, of the nursery and the school-room." But as a romantic-hearted young teen, I couldn't bear to watch the March girls' sunny, youthful dreams squashed by fate and by the gloomy, smarmy Marmee.

The World That Changes

Jan 4, 2016 by Susan Cooper

The very day that Roger asked me to give this talk, my grand-daughter stopped by my house after a science lesson. She was full of information. "Nana," she said, "did you know that after a caterpillar has gone into its chrysalis, there's nothing inside except soup?" I said, "Soup?" "Yes!" said my granddaughter with relish. "Just a lot of wet gooey stuff, and then the soup turns into a butterfly!"

Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers

Feb 25, 2015 by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

When Roger invited me to deliver the keynote for today's program, I was a bit intimidated. He told me that the idea for the "Mind the Gaps" theme was inspired by Christopher Myers's essay "Young Dreamers," published in The Horn Book last November. Christopher's essay grew from the ongoing question: where are the people of color in children's books?

Eleanor & Park: Author Rainbow Rowell's 2013 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Dec 11, 2013 by Rainbow Rowell

When I started writing Eleanor & Park, I didn't know what I was doing. I'd had some success with my first novel, Attachments, and I owed a publisher in the UK a second book… But I still wasn't sure that "writing a book" was something I could pull off twice. It had taken me five years to write Attachments—and I'd thought about writing it for three years before that.

Terry Pratchett's 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award Speech for Nation

Mar 12, 2015 by Terry Pratchett

I am sure that there are writers out there who are capable of telling the world, clearly and succinctly, why and how they wrote the books on which their names and likenesses now twinkle. These would be real writers, who keep things in filing cabinets rather than in piles.

Carver: A Life in Poems: Author Marilyn Nelson's BGHB 2002 Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

Jan 5, 2002 by Marilyn Nelson

In 1993 I had completed a book of poems, Magnificat, in which I presented a series of brief parables about a contemporary hermit monk, whom I called "Abba Jacob." My study of this character's striving to live a simple, holy life made me want to explore ...

John Steptoe's 1987 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award speech for Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Aug 22, 2016 by John Steptoe

During the two-and-one-half years it took me to complete Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Lothrop) I often wondered if my belief in what I was doing was justifiable. During those long months I felt I was doing something different, something bolder, something largely more sensible than any of my earlier works.

The Arrival: Author/Illustrator Shaun Tan's 2008 BGHB Special Citation Speech

Jan 1, 2008 by Shuan Tan

One of my early discoveries as a freelance illustrator, folio in hand, unemployed and clueless, was that the world of children's literature was filled with so many friendly, welcoming, witty people fascinated by wild, crazy ideas; people for whom playfulness is actually a profession.

When You Reach Me: Rebecca Stead's 2010 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Jun 6, 2012 by Rebecca Stead

A long time ago, my mother got a job that would have made her father proud. He died before she got it, though, so he never found out about it. These things happen. Not long after, when I was about twenty, she said to me, "I want you to know ..."