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BGHB19 Slideshow

The 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were presented on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Simmons University. We were joined by winners and honorees: Kekla Magoon, Yuyi Morales, Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy, Miranda Paul and Jason Chin, and Adib Khorram. Jarrett J. Krosoczka's wife and extremely poised ten-year-old...

Roger Sutton's 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Opening Remarks

The 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony took place on Friday, October 4, at Simmons University. The opening remarks, below, were delivered by Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton. For more about the history of the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards, and about this year's winners and honorees, visit the...

BGHB Submission Guidelines

2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — INFORMATION COMING SOON First awarded in 1967, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards recognize and reward excellence in literature for children and young adults. 1. Books must be published in the United States between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019. First U.S. editions of books previously published...

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at SLJ‘s Day of Dialog, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Click here to read the press release announcing the...

Five questions for 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winners Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Thanh Rudd

A talented pair from Down Under, author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Van Thanh Rudd are the co-creators of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner The Patchwork Bike (Candlewick, 5–8 years). Rudd’s playful, tactile illustrations (done on scrap cardboard) perfectly complement the childlike sensibility of Clarke’s spare,...

2019 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here.Read reviews of all of the...

2019 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here.Read reviews of all of the...

2019 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of...

BGHB Awards 2019

Photo by darling RichardWe have our winners! Read all about them! I'd like to thank our sisters at SLJ and Media Source for graciously sharing the podium at their Day of Dialog in New York. Next year we should do it at the end of the day so we can...

Reviews of 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner The Patchwork Bikeby Maxine Beneba Clarke; illus. by Van Thanh RuddPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.9/18    978-1-5362-0031-7    $15.99A child in an unnamed “village where we live inside our mud-for-walls home” describes the diversions of daily life: “whooping and shrieking and laughing” on the sand hill, exploring the desert, and...

Presenting the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

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On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at SLJ's Day of Dialog, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you missed the Facebook Live stream (or if you just want to relive the excitement!), you can watch the archived video here:    ...

Reviews of the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Season of Styx Maloneby Kekla MagoonIntermediate, Middle School    Lamb/Random    298 pp.    g10/18    978-1-5247-1595-3    $16.99Library ed.  978-1-5247-1596-0    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1597-7    $10.99It’s summertime, and the living is easy. At least it was before narrator Caleb and his older brother Bobby Gene make a bad deal with their...

Reviews of the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction WinnerThis Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equalityby Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie LevyIntermediate, Middle School    Bloomsbury    311 pp.    g1/19    978-1-68119-852-1    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-853-8    $12.59 In 1956 in the small town of Clinton, Tennessee, twelve African American students integrated the all-white high school. Jo Ann...

Join me for BGHB @ DoD

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. sharp (Eastern Daylight Time), you can join me live at Little Sister's Day of Dialog in NYC or virtually live on The Horn Book's Facebook page to hear the winners of the 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Visit hbook.com/bghb19 after the announcement to see the...

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and judges. L-R: Dashka Slater, Zeke Peña, Julie Fogliano, Jillian Tamaki, Celia C. Pérez, Christian Robinson, Isabel Quintero, Liz Phipps Soeiro, Roger Sutton, Katie Bircher, Varian Johnson, Martha Mihalick, Kristen Mohn, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Minh Lê. Photo: Aram Boghosian for the Boston GlobeBelow...

Editorial: Technicolor Dreams

The January/February Magazine is a good metaphor for the new year, with its ruminations on What Came Before and an eye toward the future. In October we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, where Elizabeth Acevedo performed a powerful original poem; Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña shared their origin story...

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner Interviews

On October 6th, the morning following the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony, Roger Sutton sat down to chat with several of the winners and judges. Watch their conversations below; click on the tag BGHB18 for much more (speeches! photos! timeline! reviews!) on the winning books and the ceremony itself.Picture...

The First Rule of Punk: Celia C. Pérez's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

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I didn’t always know I wanted to write for children. I always knew I loved books, and I knew writing was something I enjoyed, but the idea of writing as work, for an audience, and especially the idea of writing books — which were these things I only ever had...

The Parker Inheritance: Varian Johnson's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

I am so very honored to be here tonight. Thank you to the Boston Globe, the Horn Book, and Simmons University for sponsoring this event. And thank you to the judges — there were so many great works to choose from, and I am humbled that The Parker Inheritance was...

The Poet X: Elizabeth Acevedo's 2018 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech

I am so honored to be receiving the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. I want to give thanks to my agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, who believed in my voice long before I had much to show for it. And who trusted her gut enough to tell me when certain projects I sent...

The 57 Bus: Dashka Slater's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

My heartfelt thanks to the Boston Globe, Simmons University, the Horn Book, and especially to the awards committee.I want to talk to you about two buses, two cities, two books, and a poem.The poem was the first I ever published and it appeared in the Cambridge (MA) Chronicle when I...

Photographic: Author Isabel Quintero's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Back in 2007, my now-ex-husband and I visited the Getty museum for the first time. I had received an email about Graciela Iturbide’s “The Goat’s Dance” exhibit. I was mesmerized by the images of a ritual that has been taking place for more than five hundred years in La Mixteca,...

Photographic: Illustrator Zeke Peña's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Greeting friends and relatives, my father is Ricardo Peña and my mother is Anna Lisa Banegas-Peña-Téllez-Ybarra-Valencia-Lemos. I figured since we are celebrating Latinx people this month I’d share her whole name. My name is Zeke Peña, I was born in a small town in Southern New Mexico near the Rio...

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars: Author Seth Fishman's and Illustrator Isabel Greenberg's 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speeches

Thanks a hundred billion trillion for this honor. This was a brilliant project to work on from beginning to end, so it’s wonderful to see that people (and particularly children, I hope) are enjoying our book. And from me, thanks to Seth, who is such a great writer to work...

They Say Blue: Jillian Tamaki's 2018 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Thank you to the Horn Book, the Boston Globe, and the awards selection committee.This is my first picture book, and it represents a lot of struggle. I think this surprises people given that I have done many books before, but there’s something uniquely challenging about a picture book specifically aimed...

When's My Birthday?: Illustrator Christian Robinson's 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

When’s My Birthday? is a book about the joy, excitement, and anticipation a child feels around their birthday. When working on the book I did a lot of reflecting on my own childhood, and I was reminded that there was a lot of sadness, especially around birthdays.To quote the rapper...

When's My Birthday?: Author Julie Fogliano's 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Ask any kid and they will tell you that waiting stinks. And they are right: waiting does stink. And never in a million years would I have imagined that I would someday make a career of writing children’s books about waiting for things to happen. Not about the actual happening,...

A Different Pond: Author Bao Phi's 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I am so thankful to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee for this honor. A Different Pond started as a very simple idea: I wanted my daughter, and the various communities she is a part of, to have a children’s book that told a story about her grandparents’ generation of...

A Different Pond: Illustrator Thi Bui's 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I am so humbled and honored that A Different Pond is in the good company of the books being celebrated tonight. It’s like lingering at the school drop-off gate and watching your kid playing with new friends. It’s a sweet, reassuring feeling that things are gonna be alright.I want to...

2018 BGHB celebration roundup

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and judges. Photo: Aram Boghosian for the Boston GlobeWe’re not done celebrating the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards just yet! Here's a roundup of our coverage of the ceremony and reception last Friday; look for more (including the moving and inspiring acceptance speeches)...

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...

BGHB18 Slideshow

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were presented on Friday, October 5, 2018, at Simmons College. The ceremony was inspiring, surprising, and cathartic (what a week it was) due to the moving speeches delivered by this year's award winners and honorees (great choices, judges!). Look for those speeches in the upcoming...

Friday Night Lights

BGHB18 judges Liz Phipps Soeiro, Katie Bircher, and Minh Le with Al Berman. Photo by Aram Boghosian, The Boston GlobeWe held our fiftieth-something Boston Globe Horn Book Awards at Simmons University last Friday night, and if the conversation among the guests was any indication, we had the advantage as a...

Boston Globe–Horn Book 2018 - Just for fun

Here we are preparing for tomorrow's Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards! Special thanks to Cassie Sheets for keeping it all together (on her birthday, no less).See below for some just-for-fun links and articles (and a crossword puzzle!) to entertain everyone before the big day.• BGHB trivia• My Favorite BGHB Winner: HB...

Planetary science

Fishman, Seth  A Hundred Billion Trillion StarsGr. K–3     40 pp.     Greenwillow2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers, stars, and just about everything about our home planet. Fishman exchanges science writing's traditional stiffness for a confiding tone. Greenberg,...

Incarceration and redemption

Slater, Dashka  The 57 BusHigh school     306 pp.     Farrar2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. In 2013, on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, African American teen Richard, egged on by friends, set white, genderqueer teen Sasha's gauzy skirt on fire. Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns; Richard was arrested...

Trailblazing Latinx women

Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela IturbideMiddle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Illustrated by Zeke Peña. Photographer Iturbide’s story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations, high-quality reproductions of her own photographs, and spare first-person narration drawing upon her writing...

Review of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbideby Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke PeñaMiddle School, High School    Getty    96 pp.3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95This 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning biography introduces readers to “an icon. Orgullo mexicano. Maestra.” Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s (b. 1942) story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations,...

Review of They Say Blue

They Say Blueby Jillian Tamaki; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.3/18    978-1-4197-2851-8    $17.99A girl considers the wondrousness of the world around her, prompted by the colors she encounters throughout her day. While at the beach, she gazes across the water (“They say the sea is blue…But when I hold...

Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

In this year's Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up), author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña seamlessly blend lyrical text and striking sequential art with their subject's own words and black-and-white photography. The result is a unique graphic-novel biography...

2018 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. You can watch...

2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

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Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. You can watch...

2018 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. You can watch...

Week in Review, May 28th-June 1st

This week on hbook.com… Yesterday, May 31st, editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honorees! Watch the announcement video, see the press release, and read the Horn Book's reviews here. From the May/June 2018 Horn Book...

Presenting the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

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On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you missed the Facebook Live stream (or if you just want to relive the excitement!), you can watch the archived video here:Congratulations...

Reviews of 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner They Say Blueby Jillian Tamaki; illus. by the authorPrimary    Abrams    40 pp.3/18    978-1-4197-2851-8    $17.99A girl considers the wondrousness of the world around her, prompted by the colors she encounters throughout her day. While at the beach, she gazes across the water (“They say the sea is blue…But...

Reviews of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbideby Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke PeñaMiddle School, High School    Getty    96 pp.3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95This 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning biography introduces readers to “an icon. Orgullo mexicano. Maestra.” Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s (b. 1942) story is told in comic-panel format, with striking...

Reviews of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Poet Xby Elizabeth AcevedoHigh School    HarperTeen    361 pp.    g3/18    978-0-06-266280-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8    $9.99Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, whose name means “one who is ready for war,” has been fighting her whole life. The self-described “brown and big and angry” Dominican girl from Harlem furiously confronts catcalling boys,...

BGHB announced tomorrow!

Baby June's Newsboys, courtesy of the Hillbarn Players, www.hillbarntheatre.orgDon't forget to tune in to the Horn Book's Facebook page tomorrow at noon, when the Globe's Emily Procknal and I will be on Facebook Live announcing the winners of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. In hopes that the broadcast will not...

BGHB announcement May 31st

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee (Liz Phipps Soeiro, Minh Lê, and our own Katie Bircher as chair) is meeting soon to make their final choices. Here's the plan the Globe and the Horn Book have cooked up to announce them.On Thursday, May 31st, Emily Procknal, President of the Boston Globe...

BGHB at 50: Amber and Essie and Vera and Me

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the sixth in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article...

2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

The 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges and winners. Back row, L-R: Judge Pauletta Bracy, Matthew Cordell, Nikki Grimes, Steve Sheinkin, Angie Thomas, Judge Sheila Geraty, Deborah Heiligman, Melissa Sweet, Sydney Smith, Chair Julie Roach, Richard Peck, Joanne Schwartz. Front: Ashley Bryan. Photo: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe.All week...

Freedom Over Me: Ashley Bryan's 2017 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

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Editor’s note: Rather than writing formal speeches, Ashley Bryan speaks to what moves him at the moment in connection with an event. At the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, he led us in animated and memorable recitations of several of Langston Hughes’s poems as part of his acceptance speech. We are...

Town Is by the Sea: Author Joanne Schwartz's 2017 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Because I grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, this book is very dear to my heart, and so achieving this kind of recognition has particular significance. There would have been no one more delighted to see the response to this book than my father, to whom the book is...

Town Is by the Sea: Illustrator Sydney Smith's 2017 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Sheila Barry, the wonderful and clever co-publisher at Groundwood Books, must have known, when she casually handed me the manuscript, that I would have no choice. I would illustrate this book and I would work my ass off.I began right away and stopped only days before the book went to...

Wolf in the Snow: Matthew Cordell's 2017 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Long before I became entrenched in the world of making sequential art for books, I spent much of my youth and young adulthood looking at and making art that hangs on a wall. Art that communicates its message within a single image. So, now and again, I still get an...

Vincent and Theo: Deborah Heiligman's 2017 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

What a joy it is to be in this room with this community.When Vincent van Gogh got his first and essentially only printed review, he was extremely pleased — and also knocked off balance. He’d been uneasy with praise since he was a child, destroying a drawing of a cat...

Some Writer!: Melissa Sweet's 2017 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

It is an honor to be here with my friends and colleagues whose work inspires me. I feel, as E. B. White wrote in Charlotte’s Web, “It is deeply satisfying to win a prize in front of a lot of people.”When the idea for this book came to me, I...

Undefeated: Steve Sheinkin's 2017 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

I always wanted to write a sports story, but it had to be the right one. That is, I wanted a story with edge-of-your-seat action, where you’re rooting so hard you shout at the page. But the story also had to be about something bigger, something more significant than the...

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas's 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech

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I stand before you tonight, completely stunned that I’ve won anything for a book I was so afraid to write; a book that was inspired by someone as controversial as Tupac Shakur. I’m even more stunned that I wrote a book.This is possibly blasphemous to say, but as a teen...

One Last Word: Nikki Grimes's 2017 BGHB Poetry & Fiction Honor Speech

One Last Word is a love letter from me to the poets of the Harlem Renaissance, and from those poets to a new generation of readers.I was born in Harlem, gave my first poetry reading at Countee Cullen Library in Harlem, and have stepped into the continuum of poets nourished...

The Best Man: Richard Peck's 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

I waited eighty years to write The Best Man and began it on that June day in 2014 when same-sex marriage legislation was implemented in my home state of Illinois. But have the youngest readers heard? There will be no word of it on the standardized test or in the...

Editorial: The First Rule of BGHB

We were pleased to celebrate in October the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, coverage of which can be found in this issue, on pages 24–45 and at hbook.com/bghb17. I’ve always loved the literal offbeat-ness of this award: its consideration year is June 1 to May 31, making...

BGHB at 50: Revisiting Anthony Burns

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the fifth in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article...

Thank you all!

photo by Aram Boghosian, The Boston GlobeThe Horn Book's social media team--Elissa, Katie, and Lolly, but all hands on deck--has been busily documenting the events of last weekend's Boston Globe-Horn Book/Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium for your viewing and reading pleasure. It was a great weekend, and I want to thank...

BGHB17 and HBAS17: Resistance slideshow

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, and like Steve Sheinkin said to Ashley Bryan at the start of Steve's Honor Award acceptance speech: "That's a hard act to follow, Ashley!" For the first time in recent history, every winner and honoree was in attendance,...

2017 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

The 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges and winners. Back row, L-R: Judge Pauletta Bracy, Matthew Cordell, Nikki Grimes, Steve Sheinkin, Angie Thomas, Judge Sheila Geraty, Deborah Heiligman, Melissa Sweet, Sydney Smith, Chair Julie Roach, Richard Peck, Joanne Schwartz. Front: Ashley Bryan. Photo: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe.We're not...

2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: "Resistance: Children's Books in Troubled Times"

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2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony

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To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

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Salutations! I am honored to be here with all of you. I never met Zena Sutherland, but she’s been described as “short and feisty,” and I like short and feisty women, especially, as in Zena’s case, ones with passion and panache. When Zena was offered the job to become editor...

Horn Book Magazine covers by BGHB winners and honorees

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children's and young adult literature. Beginning in 2000, the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine has typically featured art by one of the previous year's winners/honorees; we've collected these special covers below.[portfolio_slideshow size=full]...

BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the fourth in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire on...

On Maira Kalman's 2003 acceptance speech for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

"The people on the John J. Harvey who fought the fires of 9/11 are the kind of people you want to know."When my older son was three or four, he visited the Horn Book offices and discovered my copy of Maira Kalman's Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J....

BGHB at 50: Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang's The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children

I served on the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee with Thom Barthelmess and Lauren Adams, and I wrote about my kids’ responses to our selections here. So when the Horn Book editors issued an invitation to reflect on past winners and honorees for BGHB’s fiftieth anniversary, I decided to...

BGHB at 50: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Hamilton?: M. C. Higgins, the Great

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the third in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article...

On Elizabeth Wein's "BGHB at 50: Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay" (from 2017)

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I love Elizabeth Wein's appreciation of Hilary McKay's Saffy's Angel, a 2002 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for fiction. Wein, herself the recipient of two BGHB Honors (among many other accolades), treats us not only to her perceptive thoughts about McKay's masterful family stories but also to a glimpse into...

BGHB at 50: Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee

Clementine, a 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, is a 136-page master class in characterization. Sure, its protagonist is a spunky girl in the grand tradition of spunky girls. But just look at how much we learn about her — at how much is specific to...

2017 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here.Read...

Five questions for 2017 Fiction and Poetry winner Angie Thomas

1. You shared on Twitter that in manuscript stage you wondered how this book’s subject matter would be received (“Are novels that deal with sensitive current issues a no-no?”). How much was that concern on your mind when you were first writing, and how did it affect your writing process?AT:...

2017 Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here.Read...

2017 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here.Read...

BGHB at 50: Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice, illus. by Robert Andrew Parker

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As a 2001 Boston Globe-Horn Book judge, I had the pleasure of honoring Cynthia DeFelice and Robert Andrew Parker for their picture book Cold Feet, a deliciously creepy retelling of a Scottish ghost story. I liked everything about the book, but here I want to give a tip of my...

Pretty, pretty 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards poster

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Lolly has added the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners to the 50th Anniversary Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards poster. Download your print-ready copy today! You can also pick one up at ALA, along with a poster version of 2017 Caldecott Medalist Javaka Steptoe's new Horn Book Magazine cover (right) and your...

New York Time...

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Photo by Richard Asch... which happens to be the title of Richard Peck's 1981 novel for adults, providing me a great opportunity to bridge two worlds when that Richard and my Richard and I were having dinner before seeing A Doll's House, Part Two last Saturday night. We could all talk...

2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners and Honorees Announced

If you missed Roger Sutton and Kwame Alexander's announcement of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books last week (or if you'd like to relive the moment), watch their entertaining performance—er, presentation, complete with an Oscar-worthy Faye and Warren homage.And here are more details about the winners,...

Presenting the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

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We hope you've just come from watching Roger Sutton and Kwame Alexander's livestream announcement of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at Day of Dialog. Click here for the archived video.Below is the announcement of the 50th-anniversary Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. Congratulations to the winners and honorees!THE 2017...

Reviews of 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Lifeby Ashley Bryan; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    56 pp.9/16    978-1-4814-5690-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5691-3    $10.99A historical document dated July 5, 1828, lists the property to be sold from the Fairchilds’ estate. Hogs. Cattle....

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothersby Deborah HeiligmanHigh School    Holt    451 pp.4/17    978-0-8050-9339-1    $19.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-2501-0969-9    $9.99Heiligman (Charles and Emma, rev. 1/09) again examines the impact of a family member on her main subject, this time unpacking the friendship between...

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Hate U Giveby Angie ThomasHigh School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    453 pp.2/17    978-0-06-249853-3    $17.99Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter lives a life many African American teenagers can relate to: a life of double consciousness. Caught between her rough, predominantly black neighborhood and the “proper,” predominantly...

LIVE! From New York! It's the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards announcement!

Today's the day! Watch LIVE at 4:45 PM EST as Roger Sutton and 2015 Newbery Award–winning author Kwame Alexander (The Crossover) announce the winners of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Have we mentioned that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Awards? Maybe once or twice. We are...

"We are all winners."

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As promised, I am reminding you that Kwame Alexander and I will be announcing the winners of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards on Wednesday, May 31st at/around 4:45 PM EST and you can watch for free from the comfort of your office/home/tiki bar. Live from New York! I hope all...

Where will YOU be next Wednesday at 4:45 EST?

Here, we hope, watching Roger Sutton and Kwame Alexander announce *live* the winners of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, our 50th Anniversary. Save the date -- we'll see you then! Any guesses? Hopes? Predictions? ...

BGHB at 50: Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay

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In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. Further installments will appear in the Magazine and on hbook.com/bghb throughout 2017.Here is a conversation I had on the...

BGHB wrapped up tight

The 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book judges have made their choices, and I will be happy to share them with you on May 31st, when Kwame Alexander and I will announce the winners around 5:00PM at SLJ's Day of Dialogue in NYC and simultaneously via live-stream video on our BGHB page. Until then,...

BGHB at 50: The Garden of Abdul Gasazi: A Personal Recollection

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the second in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire's article...

"Both boys were absolutely silent, satiated with a great story."

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Yesterday Elissa posted Elizabeth Partridge's reminiscence about reading Avi's 1991 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction winner, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, to her boys. As this post's title suggests, her anecdote shuts down anyone who might question whether or not boys can enjoy books starring girls (including Elizabeth's own sons:...

BGHB at 50: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

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Our eight- and ten-year-old boys were in bed, teeth brushed and ready. Over the years, our family had managed to hang on to nightly reading, slowly working our way up from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie through the unabridged Robin Hood and Huckleberry Finn. The dogs each curled...

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards celebrate 50 years

Have you seen the new Boston Globe–Horn Book Award website yet? Take a look; it is a thing of beauty. 2017 marks the fiftieth year the Awards have honored children's and young adult books in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.The microsite offers a wealth of information...

Please come to Boston in the fall

If you are at TLA, stop by the Horn Book booth and promise us your unborn children give us your email address to enter a pretty fabulous raffle we have going for attendees. The winner will get airfare, two nights hotel, and free admission to the Boston Globe Horn Book...

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...
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