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Reviews of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia High School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    480 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-236729-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-236732-7    $10.99 Williams-Garcia, whose YA titles include the 1995 classic Like Sisters on the Homefront and Jumped (rev. 3/09), offers an unusual angle on the subject...

Reviews of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner I Talk like a River by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney Smith Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 9/20    978-0-8234-4559-2    $18.99 In this lyrical and empowering picture book, Canadian poet Scott tells a story based on his own experiences as a boy who stuttered. In simple, evocative language, he...

Reviews of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo High School    Norton    384 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-324-00287-1    $19.95 e-book ed.  978-1-324-00288-8    $17.48 Who was Vincent Chin? The brutal 1982 killing of the young...

Presenting the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

  On Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2021 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious Program...

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...

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...

Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards

Book Awards   All Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ALA Youth Media Awards Caldecott CSK Belpré Geisel Legacy Printz Sibert Additional ALA Awards       Additional Awards          On Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2021 Boston...

BGHB Submission Guidelines

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, 2020, and May 31, 2021. SUBMISSIONS CLOSED FOR 2020-2021. First U.S. editions of books previously published elsewhere are eligible, but reissued editions, textbooks,...

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 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...

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...

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...

About The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each...

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...
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