Open This Little Book: Author Jesse Klausmeier’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Mr. Roger Sutton and the Horn Book, I can’t imagine this world of children’s books without you and your team in it. HUGE thanks to the incredible Suzy Lee!!! I cannot even imagine this book without her as a partner. And the tireless Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges: Sarah Ellis, Pamela Yosca, and Karen Kosko. […]

A Corner of White: Author Jaclyn Moriarty’s 2013 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Thank you so much to the organizers and judges, to Scholastic, and to my agent, Jill Grinberg. A special thank you to Arthur Levine, for his extraordinary insight, intelligence, and encouragement. A Corner of White is the first in a trilogy about an imaginary world called the Kingdom of Cello. I called the kingdom “Cello” […]

Seraphina: Author Rachel Hartman’s 2013 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Friends, dragons, book lovers: I am grateful and humbled that you have chosen to honor my novel Seraphina. My thanks to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Committee for their selection, to the hard-working folks at Random House who helped make Seraphina happen, to my long-suffering editor Jim Thomas, and my peerless agent Dan Lazar. I wish […]

Building Our House: Author/illustrator Jonathan Bean’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

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It’s always a bit of a shock to get pulled out from behind my lonely drawing desk and plopped down in front of people, let alone a crowd. But when it’s a crowd of book lovers, family, and friends, on an occasion such as this, it becomes a decidedly pleasant shock. I would like to […]

Electric Ben: Author/illustrator Robert Byrd’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Robert Byrd with Picture Book Honor winner Jesse Klausmeier. Photo: Shara Hardeson

In my children’s book class at the University of the Arts, we often talk about the books we read growing up, and what they meant to us then, and what we can remember about them now. What’s still vivid about those books are the pictures, those magical illustrations that illuminated those wonderful early tales. As […]

Eleanor & Park: Author Rainbow Rowell’s 2013 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

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The second thing they tell you when you’ve won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award is that you’ll have to give a speech. They should tell you that first, and they should phrase it like so: “So, we’re gonna have you give a speech in front of a bunch of people and a video camera, and […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2013

Horn Book Fanfare

Please see below our annual Fanfare list, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books published for children and teens in 2013. We compile the list via an ongoing discussion among ourselves and with our reviewers, winnowing down the several hundred books the Horn Book Magazine highly recommended through the year to a relatively modest […]

Preview January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book Fanfare: our choices for the best books of 2013. Coverage of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos. Borderlands: Sophie Brookover, Elizabeth Burns, and Kelly Jensen discuss the emergence of New Adult books. The Writer’s Page: Jane Yolen revisits Owl Moon. Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of […]