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The Horn Book celebrates BGHB @ 50

2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. You can download and print Lolly Robinson's beautifully designed poster of the award winners here. Throughout the year, we will be celebrating award winners, past and present, with a series of articles, interviews, reminiscences, and more. Look for our...
      

From the Editor - January 2017

It is ALA awards month, and I hope you can join us at the association's Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, January 20th through 24th. The Horn Book will be at booth #2117 in the exhibit hall, and executive editor Martha V. Parravano and I will be making the rounds and picking...
      

Horn Book Magazine -- January/February 2017

Table of ContentsFeatures"Horn Book Fanfare" by Horn Book editorsOur choices for the best books of 2016.Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: BGHB Award Gallery 2016On the fiftieth anniversary of the awards, we celebrate this year’s winners and honorees, in three categories.Picture BookFictionNonfiction"Outside the Box" by M. T. AndersonThe author’s keynote address at...
      

2016 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends.Before we ring in 2017, though, let’s take a look back at 2016 — we had a very busy year!BGHB 2016 coverageFanfare 2016ALA 2016 coverageRemembering children's lit Great Ladies Lois Duncan, Anna Dewdney, and Natalie Babbitt;...
      

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches

Follow the links below to be inspired, moved, awed, and entertained by the complete 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches (and while you're at it, re-watch the 2016 BGHB announcement with Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry — you won't regret it!). Click on the tags BGHB16 and HBAS16 for...
      

Voice of Freedom: Illustrator Ekua Holmes's 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I am extremely honored to be here. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine work that I’ve done being honored in this way. It’s my maiden voyage. I’m so fortunate that I worked with an amazing publisher, Candlewick; I worked with an amazing and prolific author, Carole Boston Weatherford;...
      

Voice of Freedom: Author Carole Boston Weatherford's 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I could not have written these poems without the ancestors. I call on them again and again, and their spirits continue to speak to and through me.This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.That African American spiritual was Fannie Lou...
      

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Author M. T. Anderson's 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

This book is a hymn, I hope, to a composer I love and to the power of music in general. It began when my interest was piqued by the idea of a symphony considered so important that it was transferred onto microfilm like some dossier in a spy novel and...
      

The Lie Tree: Author Frances Hardinge's 2016 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Writing is a thoroughly weird job. Writers perform in a void for an invisible audience. We show the tender insides of our brains to people we will probably never meet.Sometimes I’m asked whether I write for an “ideal reader” or a particular “market.” To be honest, I don’t really know...
      

Goodbye Stranger: Author Rebecca Stead’s 2016 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

My childhood took place in the 1970s, and because my parents were lefties who moved to New York to lead liberated lives, they wanted me to have a certain number of touchy-feely activities. One of these was a class where we hit defenseless floor pillows with Bataka encounter bats in...

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