No Crystal Stair: Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s 2012 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

“Knowledge is power! You need it every hour! Read a book!” With words like these, how could I have resisted falling under the spell of Lewis Michaux? I am thrilled that his story has been embraced by so many others. The man who said, “If you don’t know and you ain’t got no dough, then […]

No Crystal Stair: Illustrator R. Gregory Christie’s 2012 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

R. Gregory Christie

Vaunda, I’m happy to be onstage with you once again. Keep it up, Mrs. Micheaux Nelson, because knock on wood, we are on a roll! I’d like to take the opportunity to tell Vaunda Micheaux Nelson about my deep respect for her talent. The images for No Crystal Stair were a direct result of her […]

Extra Yarn: Author Mac Barnett’s 2012 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Mac Barnett

I’m glad to be here tonight in your company, and I’m glad that our book is in the company of this year’s honorees and the winners of years past. It’s a thrill. I want to thank my agent Steven Malk, an always-trusty advisor, and Balzer + Bray for publishing our book. And I want to […]

Extra Yarn: Illustrator Jon Klassen’s 2012 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Jon Klassen

Illustrators are notoriously good at giving speeches. When they decide to get into illustration, it is secretly because they know how good they are at public speaking, and they can’t wait until the day when they win an award so they can finally show a room full of literary people how great they are at […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2012

Horn Book Fanfare - the best books of 2012

Each November, the editors and reviewers of the Horn Book Magazine go back through the five-hundred-some books reviewed that year to make a list of the very best. There is no set number of titles nor quotas for genre or reading level; while we believe that there is an audience for each book named to […]

Preview January/February 2013 Horn Book Magazine

January/February 2013 Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book Fanfare: our choices for the best books of 2012. Coverage of the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, excerpts from speeches, photos. Caldecott at 75: Kathleen T. Horning begins a seven-part series of articles looking back at the Caldecott by decade, starting with 1939 award winner Mei Li. Borderlands: Yolanda Hare asks […]