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Massachusetts Book Awards 2016

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On Tuesday, December 6th, I was lucky to be the plus-one, with amazing school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro, at the sixteenth annual Massachusetts Book Awards ceremony at the State House, in recognition of “significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.” The award is administered […]

Fanfare! 2016

Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2016

The Horn Book Magazine’s choices for the best books of 2016. Sign up now to receive the fully annotated list in next week’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Picture Books Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown) Leave Me Alone! written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol (Roaring […]

The Horn Book’s Making a Difference landing page

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The Horn Book has compiled some resources about social justice and activism on a new landing page called Making a Difference. There, we will be posting Horn Book articles, links, booklists, and discussion points about the topics; we’ll let you know via Read Roger, Family Reading, and Out of the Box; Facebook and Twitter (@RogerReads […]

Week in Review, November 28th – December 2nd

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This week on hbook.com… 2016 Holiday High Notes Preview the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews coming in the January/February Magazine Lynne Rae Perkins Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle; illus. by Becca Stadtlander Fiction: Ghost [Track […]

Voice of Freedom: Illustrator Ekua Holmes’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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I am extremely honored to be here. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine work that I’ve done being honored in this way. It’s my maiden voyage. I’m so fortunate that I worked with an amazing publisher, Candlewick; I worked with an amazing and prolific author, Carole Boston Weatherford; and I worked on an […]

Voice of Freedom: Author Carole Boston Weatherford’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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I could not have written these poems without the ancestors. I call on them again and again, and their spirits continue to speak to and through me. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. That African American spiritual was Fannie Lou Hamer’s favorite […]

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Author M. T. Anderson’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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This book is a hymn, I hope, to a composer I love and to the power of music in general. It began when my interest was piqued by the idea of a symphony considered so important that it was transferred onto microfilm like some dossier in a spy novel and smuggled halfway across the globe. […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]