Rules of Summer: Author Shaun Tan’s 2014 BGHB PB Honor Speech

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Thank you very much for this fantastic honor, and for an award that so generously includes far-flung Australians such as myself, currently ten thousand miles away and probably asleep, or else unsuccessfully trying to settle a teething infant. It never fails to amaze me how books can travel, find an audience, and touch imaginations across […]

Grasshopper Jungle: Author Andrew Smith’s BGHB 2014 Fiction Award Speech

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I feel very connected being here tonight. I suppose my books — Grasshopper Jungle in particular — are all about connections. I have a cousin who lived with my family of four boys when I was very young. Her name is Renata, she has gentle Italian hands, and she lives near Phoenix now. I’ve never […]

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild: Author Peter Brown’s 2014 BGHB PB Award Speech

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First, I have to thank my editor, Alvina Ling, who has become a great friend of mine. She lives two blocks away from me, so that’s pretty sweet. We get to go for the occasional cocktail on the company. It’s a totally legitimate business expense. Alvina gives me lots of room to fall flat on […]

The Animal Book: Author Steve Jenkins’s 2014 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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I’ve been interested in the science of the natural world for as long as I can remember. As a child, I read anything and everything about animals that I could get my hands on, even if I didn’t always understand it. At the time — this was in the late 1950s — the children’s nonfiction […]

Josephine: Author Patricia Hruby Powell’s 2014 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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Thank you to the Boston Globe-Horn Book committee for loving Josephine and putting me in this fine company. Thanks to my critique group who saw this as a picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscript. Thanks to the group of unfocused preteen girls who frequented the Urbana Free Library, where I work as a […]

Knock Knock: Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier’s 2014 BGHB PB Honor Speech

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Remarks delivered by editor Alvina Ling. On behalf of Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier, I’d like to accept this honor for Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me. Thank you to Roger Sutton and to the committee — Nina, Claire, and Amy — for recognizing this quiet, serious, fairly dark, but ultimately uplifting book. Awards […]

Josephine: Illustrator Christian Robinson’s 2014 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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Thank you to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee for this incredible honor. If I were to speak truthfully, I would have to say that I’ve already received the greatest honor and privilege when I was first given the opportunity to share the story of Josephine through illustrations of my own. Josephine is one of […]

Five questions for Lizzie Skurnick

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Since 2013, Lizzie Skurnick Books (LSB; an imprint of Ig Publishing) has been handpicking and reissuing “the very best in young adult literature, from the classics of the 1930s and 1940s to the social novels of the 1970s and 1980s.” The list gained a passel of built-in followers with the release of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind-Family series, […]

Liniers on What There Is Before There Is Anything There

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In the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Argentinian cartoonist Liniers about the inspiration for his “deeply unsettling” but “bravely existential” new picture book, What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story. Read the full review here. Martha V. Parravano: What made you decide to make […]

Remembering Trina Schart Hyman

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November 19, 2014 marks the ten-year anniversary of the death of illustrator Trina Schart Hyman. Author/illustrator Jim Arnosky shares his memories of the Great Lady — what she meant to him as a mentor and as a friend. We are approaching ten years since the world of children’s literature lost Trina Schart Hyman. I still […]