Brown Girl Dreaming: Author Jacqueline Woodson’s 2015 BGHB NF Honor Speech

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Hey Everybody. I want to thank the committee for choosing Brown Girl Dreaming as a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book. It wasn’t an easy book to write — I know no book is easy — but Brown Girl Dreaming took me on a writing journey like no other. And while I’m grateful for that journey, […]

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

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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. […]

Week in Review, December 28th-31st

Week in Review

This week on… We wish you a happy, healthy, and well-read New Year! A look back at The Horn Book’s highlights of 2015 Calling Caldecott begins voting on Monday, January 4th! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: On the Ball by Brian Pinkney Fiction: City of Halves by Lucy Inglis Nonfiction: Game Changer: John McLendon […]

Week in Review, December 21st-24th

Week in Review

This week on… From the January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine: “The Writer’s Page: On Writing the American Familia“ by Meg Medina “What Can Data Tell Us?: An Agent’s Thoughts on the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit” by Stephen Barbara Marieke Nijkamp Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Samurai Santa: A Very […]

Week in Review, December 14th-18th

Week in Review

This week on… From the January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine: “Shelf Lives: From Bookseller to Bestseller” by Abby McGanney Nolan David Fickling Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Plan by Alison Paul; illus. by Barbara Lehman Fiction: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt Nonfiction: W Is for Webster: Noah Webster and His American […]

Week in Review, December 7th-11th

Week in Review

This week on… Fanfare 2015: Our choices for the best books of the year: now with annotations! Hunger Games Week on Out of the Box Hunger Games Week The next great American theme park? “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 movie review Mockingjay, Part 2: Let’s talk about that […]