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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 […]