Open This Little Book: Author Jesse Klausmeier’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Mr. Roger Sutton and the Horn Book, I can’t imagine this world of children’s books without you and your team in it. HUGE thanks to the incredible Suzy Lee!!! I cannot even imagine this book without her as a partner. And the tireless Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges: Sarah Ellis, Pamela Yosca, and Karen Kosko. […]

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 […]

Caldecott at 75 extras

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The Caldecott Medal marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. In a year-long series of articles, librarian and children’s literature historian K. T. Horning looked at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends, noting the changing nature of the picture book, wrestling with issues and definitions. We’ve collected original Horn Book […]

Horn Book Reviews of the 2013 National Book Award Finalists

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The National Book Foundation announced their shortlists for the 2013 National Book Awards on Wednesday, October 16th. Here’s how the Horn Book reviewed their selections in the Young People’s Literature category. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt; illus. by Jennifer Bricking Intermediate, Middle School     Atheneum     374 pp. 7/13     978-1-4424-2105-9   […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1980-1989

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1980 DONALD HALL Ox-Cart Man (Viking) Illustrated by Barbara Cooney Like a pastoral symphony translated into picture book format, the stunning combination of text and illustrations re-creates the mood of nineteenth-century rural New England. Economical and straightforward, the narrative achieves a poetic tone through the use of alliteration and  repetition, as in the description of […]

Five questions for BGHB winners roundup

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We’re lucky enough to have all three 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and two of the honorees in attendance for the upcoming Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The colloquium, now in its third year, provides an opportunity to hear winners, critics, and publishers speak about the honored books and children’s books more generally; network […]