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Black History Month 2021

Following a historic year that included a global pandemic, the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, and the election of the first Black/Asian/woman Vice President of the United States, it's time for our annual commemoration of Black History Month (see HBBlackHistoryMonth16, HBBlackHistoryMonth17, HBBlackHistoryMonth18, HBBlackHistoryMonth19, and HBBlackHistoryMonth20). We'll be featuring articles, speeches,...
      

2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Acceptance Speeches Roundup

We've compiled all of the wonderful acceptance speeches from our 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners, along with reviews of the winning books and some extras (interviews! articles! previous speeches!) on the winners and their work. See the January/February 2021 issue of The Horn Book Magazine and the tag BGHB20...
      

Infinite Hope: Ashley Bryan's 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Dear Awards Committee, Staff, Family and Friends of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, I would like to humbly express my gratitude to you for selecting me as the 2020 recipient of this prestigious award for Infinite Hope. As I held up my award, which is a replica of the “Liberty...
      

Editorial: Happy New Year (January/February 2021)

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I can’t tell you how happy I am to write a January/February editorial where I don’t have to make a snide remark about the new president’s disdain for reading. Joe Biden reads poetry. Out loud, even. ­Goodness knows that an ­appreciation of books is not a guarantee of good character,...
      

Letter to the Editor from Kathleen T. Isaacs, November 2020

September/October 2020 Horn Book   As I work at being really, really nearly retired and paring down all the children’s literature–related memberships, emails, unsolicited books, etc., I had been thinking of not renewing my Horn Book subscription. The September/October issue changed my mind. The opening “Effin’ Jeez” editorial spoke directly...
      

BGHB 2020: Infinite Hope

We've reached the culmination of Nonfiction week in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Sujei Lugo introduces the 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Winner Infinite Hope:   The 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction is presented to Ashley Bryan for Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey...
      

Field Notes: Teaching Infinite Hope

Ashley Bryan’s Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace won the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award — but as a teacher, children’s literature aficionado, and friend of Ashley’s, I’ve known the book was special for...
      

Welcome to BGHB 2020

Wecome to the first-ever virtual Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards celebration! The month-long event kicks off today with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton's prerecorded opening remarks above. Check back on the award's landing page each day in October for more about these award-winning books and follow us on: Twitter:...
      

A Note from Me (Sep 25, 2020)

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Dear friends: I had to dress for work (from the waist up, anyway) three times this week, for Zoom interviews with Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners Kacen Callender, Oge Mora, and Ashley Bryan. They were all great, and I’m only sorry we won’t see them in person at our traditional...
      

Drawing Comfort from Shared Reading

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I last saw my eldest son Rory (aged twenty-three) in person at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It was February, and he was performing in the opening event for the exhibit “Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent.” Rory’s role was to read McKeller’s letters as part of a...

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