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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

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 speeches

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Follow the links below to be inspired, moved, awed, and entertained by the complete 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches (and while you’re at it, re-watch the 2016 BGHB announcement with Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry — you won’t regret it!). Click on the tags BGHB16 and HBAS16 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, […]

Voice of Freedom: Illustrator Ekua Holmes’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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I am extremely honored to be here. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine work that I’ve done being honored in this way. It’s my maiden voyage. I’m so fortunate that I worked with an amazing publisher, Candlewick; I worked with an amazing and prolific author, Carole Boston Weatherford; and I worked on an […]

Voice of Freedom: Author Carole Boston Weatherford’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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I could not have written these poems without the ancestors. I call on them again and again, and their spirits continue to speak to and through me. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. That African American spiritual was Fannie Lou Hamer’s favorite […]

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Author M. T. Anderson’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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This book is a hymn, I hope, to a composer I love and to the power of music in general. It began when my interest was piqued by the idea of a symphony considered so important that it was transferred onto microfilm like some dossier in a spy novel and smuggled halfway across the globe. […]

The Lie Tree: Author Frances Hardinge’s 2016 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

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Writing is a thoroughly weird job. Writers perform in a void for an invisible audience. We show the tender insides of our brains to people we will probably never meet. Sometimes I’m asked whether I write for an “ideal reader” or a particular “market.” To be honest, I don’t really know how you write for […]

Goodbye Stranger: Author Rebecca Stead’s 2016 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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My childhood took place in the 1970s, and because my parents were lefties who moved to New York to lead liberated lives, they wanted me to have a certain number of touchy-feely activities. One of these was a class where we hit defenseless floor pillows with Bataka encounter bats in order to vent our naturally […]

The Hired Girl: Author Laura Amy Schlitz’s 2016 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Joan would be happy that I’m here. She’d be thrilled to find herself in the Athens of America: the city of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Candlewick Press. I’m thrilled too, so gleeful that I’m going to share a secret, a truth not universally acknowledged in the writing world: Sometimes things go well. Not […]

Jazz Day: Illustrator Francis Vallejo’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

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My sincere thanks to all those who have made this day possible: the wonderful Candlewick team, and my home team — my parents and my remarkable girlfriend. And of course my partner in this project, Roxane! I am truly honored that Jazz Day has received this award. The arts are in a tricky place. Art […]

Jazz Day: Author Roxane Orgill’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

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When I’m asked how this book came to be, I usually say that I was at a party and a woman I hadn’t met before, a person in children’s book publishing, said, “Someone should write a book about the famous Harlem jazz photograph.” That’s true. But it’s not the whole story. Jazz Day began much […]

Thunder Boy Jr.: Illustrator Yuyi Morales’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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You all must be at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, celebrating. I want to say a big thank you to you all. Thunder Boy Jr. is a book in which I felt I wasn’t only supposed to make illustrations, but questions — to ask questions to myself, such as how what we love and dream […]