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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.

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 kept it to myself […]

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 outcomes of long-forgotten football games. […]

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

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 I hated reading. I […]

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 by that community. In […]

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 textbook during my lifetime. I […]

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 on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving; […]

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, both at Friday night’s awards […]

2017 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

We’re not done celebrating the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards just yet! We’ll be adding online coverage of the winners, the ceremony, and the #HBAS17 Colloquium: “Resistance” all week long, so keep checking back! Look for more (including the inspiring acceptance speeches) in the January/February 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. #resist 😉 On […]

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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