The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out of the Box features the 2016 Boston Globe—Horn Book award winners and honorees in talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions to offer librarians, educators, children’s literature professionals, students, scholars, publishing types and writers a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature.

2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium








This year’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium looks at books that do not fit into genres or that fit into multiple genres. Join us as we go “out of the box” to consider ways books resist our attempts
to box them in.

Picture book or poetry? Historical fiction or fantasy? Discussions with Horn Book staff, Simmons College faculty, the 2016 BGHB committee, and the winning authors and illustrators will consider the out-of-the-box challenges and potential of today’s children’s and young adult books.

Address important questions to connect the right books to young readers

  • When do we resist crossing genres and when do we embrace it?
  • How do books address multiple audiences?
  • How might a category limit a book’s potential to reach its own best possible reader?


Registration for the Colloquium includes a complimentary ticket to The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 30th. Hosted by Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief, The Horn Book, the ceremony includes captivating acceptance speeches from this year’s winners, and a reception immediately following the awards ceremony for conversation, book signings and a celebration hosted by the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature.

 Here’s what last year’s attendees had to say:

“An extraordinary gathering of authors, illustrators, editors, readers,
writers, and enthusiasts of children’s literature.”

“All the authors were amazing, and the colloquium as a whole was inspirational and energizing.”

“I enjoyed the way that the colloquium was made personal.
The authors walked around the room and talked with everyone.”

“I loved being with so many people who truly devoted themselves to Children’s Literature. It felt wonderful just to be present; the thoughtful words, slides, and presentations were like a warm cloak for me.”

“It was intellectual, informative and expanded the
bounds of my previous conception of the author, editor and book relationship.”


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