Code Name Verity: Author Elizabeth Wein’s 2012 Fiction Honor Speech

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by Elizabeth Wein As this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction winners show, we’re in the vanguard of a kind of golden age of historical fiction. We’re finally escaping the image that anything “historical” is remote and finished. Contemporary historical fiction brings the past into the present and makes it relevant. Ultimately, no matter how extensive […]

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: Author Steve Sheinkin’s 2011 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

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Accepting the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, author Steve Sheinkin delivered this speech on September 30, 2011. I’m extremely honored to accept this award, but there’s another reason this book is incredibly important to me. Writing it saved me from a twelve-year obsession. I’ll give you the abridged version. I visit schools a […]

Blink & Caution Acceptance Speech

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Accepting the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, author Tim Wynne-Jones delivered this speech on September 30, 2011. It is a great thrill and honor to be here today—to be here, at Simmons, a biblioasis if ever there was one. I’d like to thank the wonderful people at the Horn Book for their support […]

Pocketful of Posies Acceptance Speech

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Accepting the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book, illustrator Salley Mavor delivered this speech on September 30, 2011. I would like to thank the Boston Globe–Horn Book selection committee for choosing Pocketful of Posies as an award winner this year. It is a great honor to have my work recognized this way, especially […]

>Come on down

> Next Tuesday through Friday I’ll be down at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, delivering the Ezra Jack Keats Lecture on Thursday. Hope to see some of you there. I last spoke there in 1998 and have gone to the Guide to find some very interesting differences in what […]

2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

There’s an old Western expression — You can never step in the same river twice. Soon this moment will be behind me. I can never get it back. So please bear with me and resist the urge to cattle-prod me off the stage before I’m through. Sixteen years ago, the pioneer spirit overtook my husband, […]

>I’m gonna see the folks I dig, I’ll even . . .

>. . . oops, don’t want to have to make like Sylvester and use my magic pebble to hide from the boys in blue. But I am going to California next week and will be giving two presentations to which you are all invited. Both are free. The first is on Thursday, February 18th, where […]

Kadir Nelson, We Are the Ship

Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance for We Are the Ship By Kadir Nelson It is such a thrill to be here in Chicago with you. This distinguished group of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and book lovers revere books for young people so passionately that every year you gather to celebrate your favorites with this early-morning […]

The Arrival: Author/Illustrator Shaun Tan’s 2008 BGHB Special Citation Speech

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by Shaun Tan What a fantastic honor to have won a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and to be in such good company: not only of book creators whose work I love and have been inspired by, but also of avid librarians, readers, editors, teachers, and all those other good book people. One of my early […]

>Steve Jenkins says Just Say Know

>Steve Jenkins gave a great speech yesterday morning here at the Red Clover conference connecting his own (and children’s) interest in scale, the large scale and numbers involved in contemporary science, and the refusal of a large part of the public to believe in the scientific evidence regarding, among other issues, evolution. I’m hoping he […]