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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 […]

Challenger Deep: Author Neal Shusterman’s 2015 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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I can’t even begin to express how thrilled I am to accept this honor for Challenger Deep. I’d like to thank The Horn Book, the Boston Globe, and Simmons College for being such supporters of children’s literature. I don’t think Challenger Deep would have been possible without my fantastic editor, Rosemary Brosnan, who helped shape […]

Egg & Spoon: Author Gregory Maguire’s 2015 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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For my presence here this evening, I’m so grateful to the committee, and to the institutions of the Boston Globe, the Horn Book Magazine, and the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, as host. I’m grateful to Liz Bicknell, my editor at Candlewick, and all the publicity and design people, especially […]

The World That Changes

Susan Cooper delivers the Horn Book at Simmons keynote. Photo: Elissa Gershowitz.

The very day that Roger asked me to give this talk, my grand-daughter stopped by my house after a science lesson. She was full of information. “Nana,” she said, “did you know that after a caterpillar has gone into its chrysalis, there’s nothing inside except soup?” I said, “Soup?” “Yes!” said my granddaughter with relish. […]

Siân Has the Best Weekend Ever!

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As many of you know, the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Transformations” was this past Saturday. It was interesting, engaging, educational, and fun (it was also exhausting for those of us working it, and even more so for the amazing Katrina Hedeen, who planned the whole durn thing). But what you don’t know is the […]

Photos from 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons

Roger Sutton's welcoming remarks. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

Correct us if we’re wrong, but we thought this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations was fab! Engaging, thought-provoking, heart-tugging, funny — the eloquent speeches (to be published in the January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine), panel discussions, breakout sessions, and casual conversations left attendees transformed. Susan Cooper’s caterpillar-to-butterfly soup. […]