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2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book ceremony timeline

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 5th? 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 a slideshow of photos from the ceremony and reception here. For even more, click on the tag BGHB18.

3:25: @RogerReads: On my way to #BGHB18

3:49: @RogerReads and Katrina are waiting to say hi — it’s almost time!

5:25: @BrianNorman13: Excited for the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Congrats to all the winners!

5:38: #BGHB18 kicking off! @SimmonsUniv‘s Cathie Mercier begins

5:40: Program (front and back)

5:44: Paul Makishima @psmakishima from @BostonGlobe talks about “beauty in difference” in the #BGHB18 Award–winning books

5:49: Roger gives ❤️ to his husband Richard, who’s about to turn 80

5:49: @KatieConboyPhD: It’s always a great night at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. So proud of Simmons University’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and our deep connection to Horn Book

5:52: @RogerReads says Boston Globe–Horn Book has a “radically simple” criterion — to award “excellence” in whatever form the judges define it

5:53: Judge Minh Lê @bottomshelfbks introduces Picture Book category

5:56: Kristen Mohn of @CapstonePub, editor of A Different Pond, accepts Picture Book Honor with remarks by author #BaoPhi and illustrator @MsThiBui

6:02: Picture Book Honor goes to When’s My Birthday? (@NealPorterBooks / @MacKidsBooks). Author Julie Fogliano @oneredhen talks about WAITING and children — “Kids are masters at finding joy and beauty in unusual places” — and reveals the book is based on a true story 😉

6:06: When’s My Birthday? illustrator #ChristianRobinson quotes Biggie Smalls and thinks of birthdays

6:07: @SarahBrannen: Jillian Tamaki receiving the Picture Book Award for They Say Blue

6:10: @ShoshanaFlax: “Shake off any ideas of universality [when creating a picture book]. Go small. Refuse the binaries. Choose to parse the grays.” —Jillian Tamaki @dirtbagg

6:16: Judge Liz Phipps Soeiro @lizpslibrarian introduces Fiction Honor Book The First Rule of Punk by @CeliaCPerez (@Viking)

6:18: @joannananamc: The champ! 😍

6:19: Celia Pérez didn’t know she wanted to write children’s books — she didn’t see families like her own in them. “When I was 12, I had two obsessions: reading and professional wrestling. You didn’t see that coming, did you?” 😉

6:25: @varianjohnson accepts Fiction Honor for The Parker Inheritance (@Scholastic @AALBooks). His daughters influenced him with their love of puzzles — and their stubbornness! Remind children you support them; e.g., re: racial profiling, remind them: “It’s not your fault.” Today’s youth are not the problem but the solution

6:27: @ShoshanaFlax: Seeing @varianjohnson up there warms this former bookseller’s Great Greene Challenge–nostalgic heart (also, speech=😭)

6:36: @sujeilugo: Elizabeth Acevedo @AcevedoWrites 💜💜💜💜 accepting the Fiction and Poetry Award for The Poet X

6:38: @ShoshanaFlax: @AcevedoWrites spent years “skirting around the hard book” before she wrote The Poet X

6:40: Fiction Winner @AcevedoWrites on The Poet X (@HarperTeen): the Spanish in the book is not italicized to avoid othering characters (and readers). When she taught 8th-grade English, a student asked, “Where are the books about us?” After reading Woodson, Cisneros, same student asked, “What’s next?” Their stories turned a non-reader into a reader

6:41: Chair Katie Bircher @lyraelle introduces Nonfiction Honor Book The 57 Bus by @DashkaSlater (@fsgbooks / @MacKidsBooks)

6:46: @DashkaSlater: this book grew out of “Two buses, two cities, two books, and a poem”—Growing up in Boston during racist busing crisis, learning about the Black Panthers set the course for a journalism career

6:48: A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by @sethasfishman and illustrated by @isabelgreenberg (@GreenwillowBook / @HarperChildrens) receives Nonfiction Honor. Editor @MarthaMihalick  reads their remarks (checked she had them “a hundred billion trillion times”)

6:50: @ShoshanaFlax: @sethasfishman wrote A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars out of fear: what could he contribute to the vast universe?

6:57: @sujeilugo: author @isabelinpieces 💜💜💜💜💜 accepting the Nonfiction Award for Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (@GettyPubs)

6:58: @isabelinpieces calls Graciela Iturbide’s work “mesmerizing . . . true . . . uncomfortable . . . beautiful. [Graciela] says her work is not political, but I disagree…”

7:02: @ShoshanaFlax: @isabelinpieces being real about how the people part of writerhood can be hard

7:05: Photographic illustrator @zpvisual says of being here, “I feel so touched, moved, inspired, connected, validated…I’ve always been interested in people and their stories.” He had a book of Graciela Iturbide’s photos on a bus trip to “find myself” (he didn’t, but photos stayed with him)

7:06: @ShoshanaFlax: @zpvisual learned illustration from YouTube, says we’re in an age of possibility

7:19: @BrianNorman13: So many fantastic books, authors, artists, editors, publishers, and fans at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Thanks to Center for the Study of Children’s Literature @SimmonsUniv for hosting!

8:17: @KatQuilled: Still thinking about Jillian Tamaki’s directive to “refuse the binaries, choose to parse the greys.” Children’s literature needs to be as complex and nuanced as the rich, fraught world children live in

9:41: I had a great time at the @BostonGlobe @HornBook Awards ceremony tonight, but my phone died so I could only share one picture. Had a chat with @bottomshelfbks!

10:08: @LibrarianMsL: Witnessing @AcevedoWrites accept the Fiction and Poetry award for The Poet X was awesome. Hearing her speak was incredible. Meeting her was PARAMOUNT. Thank you for inspiring all of us — and to your husband — for stoking the fire in that 8th-grade English student 💜💜💜

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