Fiction Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Eleanor & Park

Fiction Winner  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell High School     St. Martin’s Griffin     328 pp. 2/13     978-1-250-01257-9     $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-03121-1     $9.99 It’s the start of a new school year in 1986 Omaha when sophomores Eleanor and Park meet for the first time on the bus. They are an unusual pair: […]

Picture Book Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

building our house

Picture Book Winner  Building Our House by Jonathan Bean; illus. by the author Primary     Farrar     48 pp. 1/13     978-0-374-38023-6     $17.99     g Drawing on childhood memories from his own family’s house construction (see author’s note), Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. A little girl narrates, […]

Nonfiction Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Electric Ben

Nonfiction Winner Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Intermediate     Dial     40 pp. 9/12     978-0-8037-3749-5     $17.99 With a jacket showing Benjamin Franklin as a cross between a mad scientist and a superhero standing amid wild lightning bolts and surrounded by all manner of […]

2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature


*NEW!* Click here for the 2013 Award winner speeches and video.   Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winning author Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me, Random House) announced the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. “The Boston Globe-Horn Book awards have always had […]

Boston Globe-Horn Book announcements


This is the announcement of the announcement. If you’re at BEA this week, I hope you will join us in the Librarians’ Lounge (booth number 757) on Saturday at 1:00PM, when Rebecca Stead and I will reveal the winners of the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Yep, good times ahead with Anne Hathaway and James […]

Chuck Close: Face Book: 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Acceptance Speech

Chuck Close Facebook

By Amanda Freymann and Joan Sommers Chuck Close is so very honored to receive this award, and is so sorry he cannot be here. These masks were made from two of the hundreds of self-portraits he has created. We thought it was a fitting way to bring him into the room tonight. On behalf of […]

No Crystal Stair: Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s 2012 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

“Knowledge is power! You need it every hour! Read a book!” With words like these, how could I have resisted falling under the spell of Lewis Michaux? I am thrilled that his story has been embraced by so many others. The man who said, “If you don’t know and you ain’t got no dough, then […]

No Crystal Stair: Illustrator R. Gregory Christie’s 2012 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

R. Gregory Christie

Vaunda, I’m happy to be onstage with you once again. Keep it up, Mrs. Micheaux Nelson, because knock on wood, we are on a roll! I’d like to take the opportunity to tell Vaunda Micheaux Nelson about my deep respect for her talent. The images for No Crystal Stair were a direct result of her […]

Extra Yarn: Author Mac Barnett’s 2012 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Mac Barnett

I’m glad to be here tonight in your company, and I’m glad that our book is in the company of this year’s honorees and the winners of years past. It’s a thrill. I want to thank my agent Steven Malk, an always-trusty advisor, and Balzer + Bray for publishing our book. And I want to […]

Extra Yarn: Illustrator Jon Klassen’s 2012 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Jon Klassen

Illustrators are notoriously good at giving speeches. When they decide to get into illustration, it is secretly because they know how good they are at public speaking, and they can’t wait until the day when they win an award so they can finally show a room full of literary people how great they are at […]