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Jazz Day: Author Roxane Orgill’s 2016 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

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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

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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

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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

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

One Day, The End

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

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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 […]

Outside the Box: Author M. T. Anderson’s 2016 HBAS Keynote Speech

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I can’t stand Little Women. Sure, I know Louisa May Alcott’s book is a classic of children’s literature; Henry James called her “the Thackeray, the Trollope, of the nursery and the school-room.” But as a romantic-hearted young teen, I couldn’t bear to watch the March girls’ sunny, youthful dreams squashed by fate and by the […]

Preview January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine

January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Francis Vallejo. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2016. Coverage of the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos—in our 50th year! “Out of the Box”: M. T. Anderson’s Horn Book at Simmons keynote address. In “Fostering Wonder,” Kathleen T. Isaacs examines how picture books can […]

Week in Review, November 21st – 25th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Foreign Correspondence: “An Interview with Deborah Ahenkorah: Torchbearer for African Children’s Publishing” by Summer Edward November’s issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Native American Heritage Month, American immigration, feminism, psychology and empowerment, music makers Reviews of the Week: Picture […]

Mock book awards | Class #6, fall 2016

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During our last class on November 30, students will meet in mock award groups. At the first class, we formed five award committees based on students’ personal preferences. We’ve got a Geisel committee, a Sibert committee, and three Caldecott committees. Each student nominated one or two 2016 books which they will present to their group […]