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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...

Saturday: Oge Mora's 2020 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

As I worked on Saturday, it was important to me that every visual decision embodied joy. Throughout the book, there is a steady stream of fluorescent pinks, bold yellows, and electric blues. I designed each page with broad diagonal lines in mind in the hope that they would feel dynamic...

Pokko and the Drum: Matthew Forsythe's 2020 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

A great author — whose name I can’t recall — once said, “All happy frog families are alike. But each unhappy frog family is unhappy in its own way.” When I made Pokko and the Drum, I wanted to make a book about a flawed family. For this reason, the...

Birdsong: Julie Flett's 2020 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I am so very grateful to everyone who is a part of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Kinanâskomitin, Roger Sutton. Kamâciwisimow, committee members Julie Danielson, Leo Landry, and Sujei Lugo. And a big, warm congratulations to Matthew Forsythe and Oge Mora — I am humbled to have received recognition alongside...

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...

It Began with a Page: Author Kyo Maclear's 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

     A few years ago, Julie Morstad and I met with the family of Gyo Fujikawa in Los Angeles. I had an uncanny sense, as we sat with them over lunch, that Gyo was there among us, threading her way into our conversation. Why did we want to tell her...

It Began with a Page: Illustrator Julie Morstad's 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Gyo Fujikawa has long meant much to me as an artist and bookmaker, but this project allowed me to learn so much more about not only the vital role she played in bringing diversity to children’s books but also many details of her little-known life story, including her personal journey...

Ordinary Hazards: Nikki Grimes's 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

I’ve always believed that my coming-­of-age story is the single most important story I had to tell. I didn’t imagine that it would take me quite so long to tell it, though I shouldn’t have been surprised. Ordinary Hazards is easily the most difficult work I’ve ever written. Memoir is...

King and the Dragonflies: Kacen Callender's 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

Dreams have always fascinated me. When I was a child, I’d beg my mom to buy every “dreamology” and dream interpretation book I could find. I felt that dreams were, at the very least, my subconscious trying to communicate: reveal feelings I might not have realized I had, or help...

Clap When You Land: Elizabeth Acevedo's 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

I am delighted to be an honoree of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. From years of following this award [ed. note: and winning it in 2018 for The Poet X], I know that the judges tend to be readers who are thoughtful and with a high standard of excellence. It...

When You Trap a Tiger: Tae Keller's 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

Thank you so much for this award. I am so honored and grateful. Receiving it is surreal, because the fact that this book even exists is still surreal. To be honest, I was afraid to write it. I almost didn’t write it. Many times, I nearly quit. It felt too...

BGHB 2020: Saturday

We've reached the culmination of Picture Book week in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Leo Landry introduces the 2020 BGHB Picture Book Winner Saturday:   The 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book is presented to Oge Mora for Saturday published by Little,...

BGHB 2020: Pokko and the Drum

Picture Book week continues in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, chair Julie Danielson introduces the 2020 BGHB Picture Book Honor Book Pokko and the Drum:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Picture Book is presented to Matthew Forsythe for Pokko and...

BGHB 2020: Birdsong

Welcome to Picture Book week of our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Sujei Lugo introduces the 2020 BGHB Picture Book Honor Book Birdsong:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Picture Book is presented to Julie Flett for Birdsong published by Greystone...

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...

BGHB 2020: It Began with a Page

Nonfiction week continues in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Leo Landry introduces the 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Book It Began with a Page:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Nonfiction is presented to author Kyo Maclear and illustrator Julie Morstad...

BGHB 2020: Ordinary Hazards

Welcome to Nonfiction week of our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, chair Julie Danielson introduces the 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Book Ordinary Hazards:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Nonfiction is presented to Nikki Grimes for Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir published by...

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...

BGHB 2020: King and the Dragonflies

We've reached the culmination of Fiction and Poetry week in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, chair Julie Danielson introduces the 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Winner King and the Dragonflies:   The 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to Kacen...

BGHB 2020: When You Trap a Tiger

Fiction and Poetry week continues in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Leo Landry introduces the 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Book When You Trap a Tiger:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to Tae...

BGHB 2020: Clap When You Land

Welcome to Fiction and Poetry week of our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Sujei Lugo introduces the 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Book Clap When You Land:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to Elizabeth...

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:...

2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 27th, 2020, at School Library Journal's virtual Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all...

2020 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 27th, 2020, at School Library Journal's virtual Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all...

Presenting the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

  On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at SLJ's virtual Day of Dialog, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you missed the live stream (or if you just want to relive the excitement!), you can watch the archived video here:  ...

2020 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 27th, 2020, at School Library Journal's virtual Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all...

Reviews of the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    107 pp. 10/19    978-1-5344-0490-8    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0491-5    $10.99 Ashley Bryan was a nineteen-year-old art student when he was drafted into a segregated army...

Reviews of the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 2/20    978-1-338-12933-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-12935-9    $10.99 In their second middle-grade novel (Hurricane Child, rev. 5/18), set in contemporary small-town Louisiana, Callender masterfully balances resonant themes of grief, love, family, friendship, racism,...

Reviews of the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner Saturday by Oge Mora; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g 10/19    978-0-316-43127-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-43126-2    $9.99  Mora (Thank You, Omu!, rev. 11/18) follows up her Caldecott Honor winner with another story built around family and community connection. On Saturdays, Ava and...

2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Acceptance Speeches Roundup

The 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners, judges, and presenters. L-R: Brian Norman, Jason Chin, Miranda Paul, Cynthia K. Ritter, Kekla Magoon, Kim Parker, Roger Sutton, Adib Khorram, Yuyi Morales, Debbie Levy, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Gina Krosoczka, Zoe Krosoczka, Karen Boss, and Meredith Goldstein. Photo: Aram Boghosian for the...

This Promise of Change: Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy's 2019 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Co-authors Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy delivered their acceptance remarks as a conversation.    JO ANN ALLEN BOYCE: Thank you. I speak for both Debbie and myself in expressing our gratitude to The Boston Globe, The Horn Book, and the awards committee. (We’re sending our healing wishes to the chair of...

Nine Months: Illustrator Jason Chin's 2019 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

When our editor, Neal Porter, came to me with this manuscript a few years ago, I was very excited because it was by Miranda Paul. I read it, and it was terrific. I was all ready to sign up, but then I got scared. I thought, How the heck am I...

Nine Months: Author Miranda Paul's 2019 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Thank you for honoring Nine Months. (It’s a risky thing to tell your agent and editor you want to write a children’s book, intended for the trade market and aimed at three-to-six-year-olds, on the topic of fetal development.)  Tonight you honor a ten-year journey to produce a book that I had wanted, but...

Hey, Kiddo: Jarrett J. Krosoczka's 2019 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Hey, Kiddo is the story of my family history, and while it centers specifically on my upbringing, way back in the 1980s and 1990s, it is also the story of so many young people in America today. My hope is that my graphic memoir allows readers dealing with family trauma to...

The Season of Styx Malone: Kekla Magoon's 2019 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

A few years back, a friend and I went into a frozen yogurt shop — you know, one of those places where they give you a big bowl and you fill it with whatever flavors and toppings you want, and then they weigh the monstrosity you’ve created and charge you fifteen...

On the Come Up: Angie Thomas's 2019 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

Friends, homies, and everything in between,  I am so sorry that I cannot be there with you tonight. When I got the news that On the Come Up was a Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree, I was stunned. Yes, even after everything I’ve experienced, I still get stunned. The last time I saw...

Darius the Great Is Not Okay: Adib Khorram's 2019 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

It’s a little surreal to be up here. If you had told me a year ago that a book about a nerdy, depressed, tea-loving, Star Trek–obsessed teenager would win this honor, I would have asked for a glass of whatever you were drinking. As I think of the young readers who...

The Patchwork Bike: Illustrator Van Thanh Rudd's 2019 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Hi, everyone, and thank you so much for awarding the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award to The Patchwork Bike. It’s such a privilege to receive this award, especially from a country where the political dynamics are very intense, and certainly where the creative industries are thriving and being really enlivened in this...

The Patchwork Bike: Author Maxine Beneba Clarke's 2019 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Van and I would like to thank you so much for awarding us the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for The Patchwork Bike, our first picture book. We are absolutely thrilled to be the recipients of this prize.  This book came to fruition through my short-fiction collection Foreign Soil. The first story in...

We Are Grateful: Author Traci Sorell and Illustrator Frané Lessac's 2019 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

TRACI SORELL: Some books seem to make their way in the world even if there wasn’t a clear intention to do so at the beginning. Such is the case with We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. I had written a few contemporary picture-book manuscripts featuring Cherokee children and culture before I penned this one....

Dreamers: Yuyi Morales's 2019 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Two years ago, I was in my studio and decided to write a picture book that I had been promising my editor and my agent — that I had promised myself — to write, but I was dubious. How to tell that story, from more than two decades ago, of...

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...

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:    ...
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