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2013 BGHB ceremony timeline

Roger and the Boston Globe-Horn Book hardware. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 4th? 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 and other attendees. See Saturday’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline here.


5:32pm, @PenguinClass: It’s show time!

5:44pm: Welcome by Cathie Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College

5:46pm: Cathie Mercier: Simmons College alum Bertha Mahony Miller founded The Horn Book 20 years after her graduation

5:46pm, @SussingOutBooks: So excited to be at #BGHB13 tonight to celebrate eloquent and exquisite books for youth

5:49pm: Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton gives opening remarks as only he can 🙂

5:53pm: #BGHB13 committee chair Sarah Ellis introduces Picture Book honoree Jesse Klausmeier, author of Open This Little Book

5:56 pm: Jesse Klausmeier tells us she wrote the first version of Open This Little Book when she was five years old (in a dummy made of file folders and typewriter paper)

5:58pm: Jesse Klausmeier: “In closing, I’d like to thank LeVar Burton,” who inspired her to read voraciously and write her own stories

6:02pm: Editor Victoria Rock reads Open This Little Book illustrator Suzy Lee’s acceptance: “I am very grateful to receive this honorable prize”

6:03pm: Victoria Rock says Open This Little Book felt written especially for Suzy Lee to illustrate

6:05pm: Victoria Rock: Open This Little Book is a book born of deep collaboration which became a book about collaboration

6:07pm: Kate Fletcher reads acceptance remarks by Black Dog author/illustrator Levi Pinfold… They’re as meta as the book!

6:10pm: Author/illustrator Jonathan Bean accepts his second BGHB Picture Book Award for Building Our House

6:13pm: Jonathan Bean: Building Our House is a celebration of his family, whose emotional foundation is as solid as that of the house they built

6:19pm: Jonathan Bean: Building the picture book Building Our House, like constructing the house itself, took a strong crew

6:23pm: Author/illustrator Christy Hale accepts her Nonfiction honor for Dreaming Up

6:23pm, @SussingOutBooks: Christy Hale: A book is architecture of the imagination

6:24pm: Christy Hale: “Children, illustrators, and architects all know that play and work are one”

6:25pm: Christy Hale: creating a book is its own kind of architecture; thank you to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award committee for “honoring the way my dreams are built”

6:30pm, @BostonGlobePR:  Proud to be part of @HornBook Awards for children’s literature as colloquium kicks off at Simmons

6:31pm: Andrea Davis Pinkney accepts her Nonfiction Honor for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

6:32pm: Andrea Davis Pinkney wrote Hand in Hand in response to pleas from “my son, my brother, the brothers” for a book representing the intelligence and strength of black men

6:33pm: Author/illustrator Robert Byrd accepts his #BGHB13 Nonfiction Award for Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

6:36pm: Robert Byrd: history nonfiction for kids must “engage the reader,” must be as engaging in format as any mythology or fiction

6:45pm: Robert Byrd feels that the way to keep print books strong in the digital age is to “make the best books possible”

6:46pm, @BostonGlobePR: Robert Byrd accepts @HornBook Award for Electric Ben with a reminder of the wonder of a kid turning the pages of a book

6:47pm: Mallory Loehr reading remarks by #BGHB13 Fiction honoree Rachel Hartman, author of Seraphina: “Friends, dragons, & book lovers, thank you…”

6:50pm: Seraphina author Rachel Hartman and her family debated whether Rachel could fly to the #BGHB13 ceremony — in dragon form 🙂

6:52pm: A Corner of White editor Arthur Levine reads #BGHB13 Fiction honoree Jaclyn Moriarty’s acceptance remarks (he’s embarrassed by her thanks to him in her speech!)

6:56pm: Jaclyn Moriarty learned to play the cello in honor of the Kingdom of Cello in A Corner of White

6:58pm: #BGHB13 Fiction Award winner Rainbow Rowell: “The second thing they tell you when you win a BGHB award is that you have to give a speech. They should tell you that first”

6:59pm: Rainbow Rowell on Eleanor & Park: “I was afraid of this book that was coming out of me”

7:02pm: Rainbow Rowell: “Eleanor & Park came from such an extreme place inside me that I can only talk about it extremely, in superlatives”

7:05pm: Now time for the reception: wining and dining (well, snacking) with fellow attendees and getting books signed by the honorees!


More coverage of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and the following day’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Building Character” is on the way! In the meantime, follow us on Twitter for updates on all things Horn Book.

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