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Thunder Boy Jr.: Author Sherman Alexie’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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It’s been a wonderful experience with this book. I think the best story I can tell is this: I was in Chicago reading at a very diverse school, with a lot of brown-skinned kids. A biracial kid came up to me and put his arm up to mine and said, “You and I are the […]

One Day, the End: Illustrator Fred Koehler’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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One Day, the End is an out-of-the-box collaboration with the fantastic team at Boyds Mills Press and the brilliant Rebecca Kai Dotlich. As the illustrator, I was able to base the book’s narrator, both in personality and physical design, on my daughter. She and the character from the book are both smart, clever, independent, and […]

One Day, the End: Author Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Thank you for this magical moment, and for honoring our book One Day, the End. I am indebted to illustrator Fred Koehler for taking a concept, an idea, and making it a book, an amazing one, and I thank him particularly and deeply for the spunky, adventurous character that he brought to life based, in […]

Most Dangerous: Author Steve Sheinkin’s 2016 BGHB NF Award Speech

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First of all, I totally agree with what people have said tonight about how incredibly nice and supportive this community of writers is. At a recent book event, I got to sit next to the great cartoonist Roz Chast, and I wanted to say something, get some kind of conversation going, so I started telling […]

Outside the Box: Author M. T. Anderson’s 2016 HBAS Keynote Speech

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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 […]

Lynne Rae Perkins Talks with Roger

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Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by For the education-minded among you, let me just say about Frank and Lucky Get Schooled that I don’t think I’ve seen more Core Standards introduced in a single book. And […]

Anne Nesbet on Cloud and Wallfish

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In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Monica Edinger asked author Anne Nesbet about the narrative structure of her new novel Cloud and Wallfish. Read the full starred review. Monica Edinger: I’m really curious about the Secret Files. Were they part of the design of the book from the start? Anne Nesbet: The Secret Files were […]

Foreign Correspondence: An Interview with Deborah Ahenkorah: Torchbearer for African Children’s Publishing

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I first became aware of Deborah Ahenkorah a few years ago when I was prospecting the internet for groups working to address diversity issues in children’s publishing. Ahenkorah is the cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab, the groundbreaking pan-African social enterprise behind the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children’s literature. Golden Baobab not only […]

2016 National Book Award Winner

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The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell. Read The Horn Book‘s reviews of the March trilogy here: March: Book One March: Book Two March: Book Three And you can read our Five Questions interview with the […]

Ashley Bryan at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

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Who could use a little beauty? The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, is running its New England Biennial exhibition through March 26, 2017. The exhibit features sixteen New England-based fine artists — including children’s lit’s own Ashley Bryan. On display in the gallery space are several of Bryan’s picture-book collages, including several […]