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2012 BGHB ceremony timeline

BGHB winners and honorees in the front row of the ceremony with Cathie Mercier of Simmons College (from L-R: Mal Peet, Timothy Rodwell, Caitlin O’Connell, Donna Jackson, HMH publisher Betsy Groban, Erin E. Stead, Julie Fogliano, Cathie Mercier, Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett, Joan Sommers, Amanda Freymann, and R. Gregory Christie). Photo: Lolly Robinson

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, September 28th? Just want to relive the excitement of the ceremony? We’ve compiled a timeline of the evening’s highlights based on tweets by our staff, visitors from our sister publication School Library Journal, and other attendees. See Saturday’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium here.

5:30pm: The 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Book winners, Honor Book recipients, and BGHB judges line up to start the ceremony. Cat wrangling courtesy of Horn Book point-woman Katrina Hedeen

5:52pm: The Boston Globe-Horn Book awards are finally here! Introductory remarks by Cathie Mercier and Roger Sutton

@sljevent, 5:59pm: Celebrating the very best in children’s lit at the fabulous Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony tonight!

6:01pm: BGHB judge Megan Lambert introduces the picture book category

6:04pm: Picture book honor winner author Julie Fogliano says And Then It’s Spring was “thought 156” of a year writing one thought a day as a birthday gift for a friend

6:06pm: Picture book honor winner illustrator Erin E. Stead, sporting cute purple highlights, tells us that Julie is too modest

6:08pm: Acceptance remarks for picture book honor winners J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley (And the Soldiers Sang) read by Megan Lambert

6:11pm: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen receive the picture book award for Extra Yarn

6:16pm: Illustrator Jon Klassen says great stories “give us just enough ingredients to start us off and then set us loose”

6:30pm: Author Mac Barnett: “It’s the bold books that drive picture book form… Thank god for unusual books”

6:36pm: Award committee chair Thom Barthelmess introduces the nonfiction winners and honorees

6:40pm: Acceptance remarks for nonfiction honor winners Amy Novesky and Yuyi Morales for Georgia in Hawaii read by publisher Betsy Groban. Yuyi was in the audience at BEA when her name was called as an honor winner!

6:45pm: NF honoree Caitlin O’Connell (The Elephant Scientist): “I never expected to be a storyteller” but came to it through passion for science and activism

6:52pm: NF honoree Donna M. Jackson on coauthoring The Elephant Scientist

6:55pm: NF winner Chuck Close: Face Book co-creators Joan Sommers and Amanda Freymann describe the artist’s process

7:05pm: Judge Lauren Adams introduces the fiction awards… First up honoree Mal Peet

7:11pm: Mal Peet says he’s the kind of writer who, “for the sheer merry hell of it, likes to write against the grain”

@Dina_at_Disney, 7:13pm: @EWein2412 accepting at the BGHB awards!

7:16pm: Fiction honoree Elizabeth Wein: thanks to BGHB committee for “holding Code Name Verity up to the light with these other phenomenal books”

7:18pm: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie accept the fiction award for No Crystal Stair

7:21pm: R. Gregory Christie chooses to illustrate books that he “feels close to and that make a difference in the world”

7:26pm: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson: “My parents taught me to love words and to respect their power”

7:38pm: Great ceremony! Now on to the reception and signing. Looking forward to hearing more from the winners tomorrow!

@Dina_at_Disney, 8:23pm: Chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie? #BGHB is now my favorite awards ceremony EVER.

@BookCurious, 9:27pm: Just got back from the @HornBook awards. I think Mal Peet might actually be Dr. Who.

@BookCurious, 9:42pm: In Boston Mal Peet declares existence of a “literary taliban of the blogosphere” the same night that #kidlitcon opens in NYC. Ouch!


More coverage of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and the following day’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Look Out!” is on the way! In the meantime, follow us on Twitter for updates on all things Horn Book.



  1. Where was the peanut butter whoopie pie?!? I guess I missed the dessert table somehow in all the craziness of the evening. 🙁
    And I usually have such a good internal radar for finding sweets…

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