Five questions for Rainbow Rowell

Photo: Augusten Burroughs

Everyone is swooning over Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner Eleanor & Park (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013), which Horn Book reviewer Cindy Ritter called “an honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.” With the acclaimed adult novel Attachments already on her CV and the much-anticipated YA book Fangirl just released, author Rainbow Rowell is […]

Five questions for Jesse Klausmeier

Photo: Alicia Bozewicz

Jesse Klausmeier received a 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Honor for her debut Open This Little Book (Chronicle, 2013). Horn Book reviewer Julie Roach wrote of this metafictional tale, “Lively art and text come together with clever design to make this ode to books and reading a delight to open and pore over.” We […]

Five questions for Robert Byrd

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Robert Byrd took home the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award for his picture book biography Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (Dial, 2012). As the author/illustrator of Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer (Dutton, 2003) and illustrator of Kathleen Krull’s Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything (Viking, 2010) and Steven Kroll’s Barbarians! (Dutton, […]

Five questions for Christy Hale


In her 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor book Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building (Lee & Low, 2012), Christy Hale juxtaposes concrete poems and illustrations of children at building play with photographs of innovative architecture around the world. We asked her about the tipping point for this ingenious idea, her love of poetry, and […]

Build your character with the Horn Book!


Registration is now open for the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, October 4th and 5th at Simmons College. Cathie Mercier, Katrina Hedeen, and I are still shaping up this year’s HBAS program, titled “Building Character.” Don’t worry, it won’t be nearly as stuffy as it sounds. Our confirmed HBAS […]

2012 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

L-R: editor Andrew Karre, author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, moderator/librarian Deborah Taylor, and illustrator R. Gregory Christie during their panel on No Crystal Stair Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, September 29, we held our third annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium with the theme “Look Out!”.  Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s highlights based on tweets by our staff, visitors from our sister publication School Library Journal, and other attendees. See Friday’s ceremony timeline here. 9:13am: Good morning! […]

Look Out!


We’re taking registrations for the 2012 Horn Book at Simmons colloquium, and I hope you can attend. Following the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and reception (to which all colloquium participants are invited), we will be spending a day with the BGHB honorees examining their books in the many lights of this year’s colloquium theme: […]

First look at BGHB/HBAS


Although it was difficult to tear our photographer away from Franny Billingsley’s shoes, there are some photos on our front page from this weekend’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium.

Our busy weekend

Rick Allen and Robin Smith

Friday night we all got dressed up and went to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, then out to a posh dinner — very late — and back to work the next morning for the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. (More on both of these events soon from Roger and others. More photos, too.) Robin did […]

What did Liz Taylor say to the microwave?

(Anybody besides me and Elizabeth remember that joke?) But, yes, if you are thinking about signing up for the Horn Book at Simmons, hurry because we are going to run out of spaces soon.