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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Since 1967, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have honored excellence in writing and illustrating books for young people.

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

Picture Book Winner They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki; illus. by the author Primary    Abrams    40 pp. 3/18    978-1-4197-2851-8    $17.99 A 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 […]

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

Nonfiction Winner Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke Peña Middle School, High School    Getty    96 pp. 3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95 This 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 […]

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

Fiction and Poetry Winner The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo High School    HarperTeen    361 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-06-266280-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8    $9.99 Fifteen-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 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 on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving; […]

2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

All week we’ve been posting the moving and inspiring acceptance speeches from our 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards winners. We’ve collected all of the speeches below, along with reviews of the winning books and some extras (interviews! articles! previous speeches!) on the winners and their work. See the January/February 2018 issue of The Horn Book […]

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

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 pleased to print this transcription […]

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 dedicated. It isn’t that far […]

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

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 print. I took the […]

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 itch to draw a picture […]

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 and a sculpture of […]