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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 […]

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

One Day, The End

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

One Day, The End

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 […]

2016 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

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For fifty years, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards have been recognizing the very best in children’s books. Last Friday, we celebrated 2016’s winning books with the honorees, judges, and fellow children’s book enthusiasts, then had a day of thoughtful discussion on Saturday. Here’s a roundup of all our online coverage of the winners, the ceremony, […]

Unboxing BGHB and HBAS

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This year’s BGHB/HBAS weekend, as they typically do, began with boxes. Carts full of boxes, which were full of bags, which we stuffed full of posters, Post-its, and other goodies. It was all very well contained and well planned (thank you, Katrina!). But as organized as the event was, its purpose was to celebrate books […]

BGHB16 and HBAS16 slideshow

Carole Boston Weatherford, Roger Sutton, and Ekua Holmes. Photo: Josh Reynolds

We had a fantastic time at the emotional Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony on Friday, September 30th and the thought-provoking Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” on Saturday, October 1st. Boston Globe photographer Josh Reynolds (and our staff members, wielding smartphones!) caught many of the weekend’s highlights. There’s more to come in […]