Terry Pratchett’s 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award Speech for Nation


by Terry Pratchett I am sure that there are writers out there who are capable of telling the world, clearly and succinctly, why and how they wrote the books on which their names and likenesses now twinkle. These would be real writers, who keep things in filing cabinets rather than in piles. They will have […]

The Lincolns: Candace Fleming’s 2009 BGHB Nonfiction Award Acceptance


Life truly is a lovely circle. Long ago, I enrolled in a children’s literature class. I wasn’t an education major, but I needed an elective, and children’s literature sounded like an easy A. I know better now. On the first day of class, Dr. Wood handed out a long, single-spaced reading list devoted to what […]

What Makes a Good Read–Aloud for Middle Graders?

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Back in the fifties, in my crowded parochial elementary school, the highest form of good luck landed you in Mrs. Sheeran’s fourth-grade class. The fact that Mrs. Sheeran wasn’t a nun marked her instantly as different. But more significant than her street clothes and married name were two admirable practices. First, every day at 10:30 […]

Color Commentary: I’m Not the Boss of Them

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by Marla Frazee Not to be a baby, but trying to write this has turned me into a poser. I keep pretending to have thoughts I’ve never actually thought, or to have made color decisions I’ve never consciously made, or to remember color theory that I’ve long ago forgotten. I’m ready to admit that I […]