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Since 1967, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have honored excellence in writing and illustrating books for young people.

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

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Countdown to the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announcement, Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m.! The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. Check back at 11 a.m. […]

BGHB Awards submissions—last call!

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

With the May 15th deadline looming, consider this the last call for 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award submissions. Publishers, big and small, we urge you to make sure you’ve sent all worthy eligible books (published between June 1st, 2015, and May 31st, 2016) to the judges. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully, and contact Katrina […]

2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Speeches

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While you’re gearing up for ALA Midwinter — in Boston! Home of The Horn Book! Come say hi at our booth! — you can enjoy the complete 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tags BGHB15 and HBAS15 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges’ intros, and other information can be found in […]

The Farmer and the Clown: Marla Frazee’s 2015 BGBH PB Award Speech

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Thank you so much. Thank you to the judges — Barbara, Jessica, and Maeve. Thank you for placing me in the company of two of my very favorite picture book creators, Jon Agee and Oliver Jeffers. By giving this award to The Farmer and the Clown, you have helped move the needle a little bit […]

Once Upon an Alphabet: Oliver Jeffers’s 2015 BGHB PB Honor Speech

Once Upon an Alphabet

It was with surprise and gratitude that I heard about receiving a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor award. This book was a risk, in that it’s an alphabet book which is a bit over the heads of the people who are most likely to be reading an alphabet book. Instead it’s a book that’s just about […]

It’s Only Stanley: Jon Agee’s 2015 BGHB PB Honor Speech

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Thank you to The Horn Book and the Boston Globe. And to Lauri Hornik and Lily Malcom, my wonderful publisher and art director. And congratulations to Marla and Oliver. (Great choices, judges.) A few words about It’s Only Stanley: This is a love story. There’s a lot of love in this book — blind, delusional, […]

The Family Romanov: Author Candace Fleming’s 2015 BGHB NF Award Speech

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What a joy it is to celebrate with you, to laugh and talk, to make new friends and embrace old ones. Thank you to the Boston Globe–Horn Book judges for honoring this complicated, often dark tale from history. What a remarkable gift you have given me. As always, I am deeply grateful to my Random […]

Brown Girl Dreaming: Author Jacqueline Woodson’s 2015 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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Hey Everybody. I want to thank the committee for choosing Brown Girl Dreaming as a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book. It wasn’t an easy book to write — I know no book is easy — but Brown Girl Dreaming took me on a writing journey like no other. And while I’m grateful for that journey, […]

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Author Phillip Hoose’s 2015 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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In recent years I’ve endeavored to give young readers real-life protagonists their own age. I want my readers to ask themselves, “What would I have done?” I believe that teens experience sharper pangs of injustice than adults, and a greater determination to do something about it. Some, such as Claudette Colvin, have acted with amazing […]

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms: Author Katherine Rundell’s BGHB 2015 Fiction Award Speech

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The question I get asked most, when people find out what I do, is: why children’s books? Why not write proper books, for adults? My answer will depend on the day. Sometimes, in a bad mood, I say, “Well, they’re a lot shorter.” Sometimes I tell the truth: children are extraordinary readers. One of my […]