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

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

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

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

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

Challenger Deep jacket

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


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!


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. […]

2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

Roger Sutton and the Horn Book at Simmons editors panel: "It's a manuscript until I say it's a book." Photo: Shoshana Flax.

On Saturday, October 3rd, we held our fifth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, with the theme “Transformations.” Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s highlights based on tweets by our staff and other attendees. See Friday’s ceremony timeline here. 9:07 am: Good morning! We’re ready for a full day of great […]

2015 BGHB ceremony timeline

The 2015 winners and honorees. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 2nd? Just want to relive the excitement of the ceremony? We’ve compiled a timeline of the evening’s highlights based on tweets by our staff and other attendees. See Saturday’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline here.   5:43 pm: @jescaron: The crowd is gathering! […]

2015 BGHB Week roundup

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

All week we’ve been celebrating our 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipients in preparation for the upcoming awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. Here’s a cheat sheet to all of our web extras on this year’s winners and honorees, as well as BGHB trivia and other fun! 2015 BGHB Award press release reviews […]