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

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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 […]

Fanfare!

Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books for young people published in 2013. The complete annotated list will be sent to Notes from the Horn Book subscribers next week; sign up now (it’s free) to get it hot off the server. The annotated list, beautifully designed by Lolly Robinson and suitable […]

Starred books, January-February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January-February 2014 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Some of these books will also be included on our Fanfare best-of-the-year list, which will be published next month.   Santiago Stays; written and illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Abrams Appleseed/Abrams) Hello, Mr. Hulot; written and illustrated by David Merveille (NorthSouth) Big […]

Daniel Beaty on Knock Knock

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In the November/December 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Robin Smith asked author Daniel Beaty about making his own childhood experience relatable to many readers in his picture book Knock Knock. Read the review here. Robin L. Smith: Your own story is so specific — your dad was in jail — but we never find out […]

Editorial: It’s Your Party

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I’m not much one for a party; my husband has a big birthday coming up and I’ve gratefully left all the planning to the children. But three parties I attended recently made me glad I was there, and they made me like my job even more than I already thought I did. Children’s Books Boston […]

From the Guide: Teen Problem Novels

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In his “What Makes a Good YA Urban Novel?” column, Horn Book Guide reviewer Randy Ribay discusses books about teens growing up in cities and the issues they face. On a larger scale, the problem novel can be a way for all teens, in any environment and of any background, to find their struggles explored […]

Gene Luen Yang on Boxers & Saints

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In the September/October 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Sam Bloom asked Gene Luen Yang about the process of creating the two volumes of Boxers & Saints. Read the starred review here. Sam Bloom: Did you write both volumes at the same time, or did one come before the other? How did you decide to split […]