A Corner of White: Author Jaclyn Moriarty’s 2013 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Thank you so much to the organizers and judges, to Scholastic, and to my agent, Jill Grinberg. A special thank you to Arthur Levine, for his extraordinary insight, intelligence, and encouragement. A Corner of White is the first in a trilogy about an imaginary world called the Kingdom of Cello. I called the kingdom “Cello” […]

Seraphina: Author Rachel Hartman’s 2013 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Friends, dragons, book lovers: I am grateful and humbled that you have chosen to honor my novel Seraphina. My thanks to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Committee for their selection, to the hard-working folks at Random House who helped make Seraphina happen, to my long-suffering editor Jim Thomas, and my peerless agent Dan Lazar. I wish […]

Building Our House: Author/illustrator Jonathan Bean’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

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It’s always a bit of a shock to get pulled out from behind my lonely drawing desk and plopped down in front of people, let alone a crowd. But when it’s a crowd of book lovers, family, and friends, on an occasion such as this, it becomes a decidedly pleasant shock. I would like to […]

Electric Ben: Author/illustrator Robert Byrd’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

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In my children’s book class at the University of the Arts, we often talk about the books we read growing up, and what they meant to us then, and what we can remember about them now. What’s still vivid about those books are the pictures, those magical illustrations that illuminated those wonderful early tales. As […]

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

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The second thing they tell you when you’ve won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award is that you’ll have to give a speech. They should tell you that first, and they should phrase it like so: “So, we’re gonna have you give a speech in front of a bunch of people and a video camera, and […]

Writing for the Very Young: An Emotional Déjà Vu

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by Charlotte Zolotow The more I try to analyze children’s books — or the fusion of feelings and events that goes into writing for children — the more I realize what a mystery children’s thoughts are and what a mystery the whole process of writing for children is. Part of it is the imagery and […]

Northward Bound: The Picture Book Art of Isol

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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in children’s and young adult literature was presented this year to a writer/illustrator whose work is just becoming known in the United States, the Argentinian picture book artist Marisol Misenta, or Isol. The Lindgren prize, or ALMA, was established in 2002 to honor the memory of the author of Pippi […]

Daniel Beaty on Knock Knock

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In the November/December 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Robin Smith asked author Daniel Beaty about making his own childhood experience relatable to many readers in his picture book Knock Knock. Read the review here. Robin L. Smith: Your own story is so specific — your dad was in jail — but we never find out […]

Walter Dean Myers on Fallen Angels

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This Q&A with author Walter Dean Myers appeared on the Zola Books blog on November 7th, 2013, and was shared with the Horn Book by Emma McKinstry of Goodman Media International, Inc. See Betty Carter’s discussion of themes in Fallen Angels, its sequel Sunrise over Fallujah, and its prequel Invasion here. The human element of […]

Walter Dean Myers’s War “Trilogy”

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In each of his three books about war — Invasion (2013), set during WWII; Fallen Angels (1988), Vietnam; and Sunrise over Fallujah (2008), the second Iraq War — Water Dean Myers asks readers to immerse themselves in a specific conflict from the point of view of a particular character. These wars are distinct both geographically […]