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2023 in review

Photo: Alamy. Belated welcome, 2024! Our year-long centennial celebration means that we'll be doing a lot of reminiscing this year, including our usual annual Horn Book Year in Review. Enjoy this look back on the past twelve months in the world of children's and YA literature! 2023 ALA Awards coverage May/June...
      

Standing in the Need of Prayer: Frank Morrison's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

I’d like to thank the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Committee. Your vote truly boosted my confidence to move forward. Thanks, y’all. Working on these projects sometimes pulls from the heart. Dealing with topics that are still raw. Researching images that are so demeaning, horrific, and then having to enlighten the...
      

Standing in the Need of Prayer: Carole Boston Weatherford's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, Standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, Standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, Carole Boston Weatherford, glowing with gratitude: to the ancestors for creating this powerful spiritual, to editor Sonali Fry for challenging me to make the...
      

Remember: Michaela Goade's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

It is a great honor to receive this Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award. Aatlein gunalchéesh, thank you so much, to the awards committee for bestowing this recognition upon Remember and including it in such fine company. It was a dream to work alongside the incomparable Joy Harjo in the creation...
      

Remember: Joy Harjo's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Mvto, thank you for the honor of this recognition, for a book that has meant so much to so many long before it was a book. The poem “Remember” was one of my earliest poems, written because we needed to remember what matters, where we come from, and how we...
      

When You Can Swim: Jack Wong's 2023 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Thank you to the Horn Book, the Boston Globe, and the awards selection committee for this tremendous honor. I didn’t set out to write a book about swimming. Its seeds were planted over a particular period of time — namely, the spring and summer of 2020 — when everything around...
      

When Clouds Touch Us: Thanhhà Lại's 2023 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

Greetings, everyone. I’m delighted to be holding in my hands this shiny plate for writing When Clouds Touch Us, a novel-in-verse sequel to Inside Out & Back Again. I was an intern in 1987 at the Boston Globe. Way back then, I was already dreaming of writing fiction, and I...
      

Promise Boys: Nick Brooks's 2023 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

Hey, everyone. Nick Brooks here, sitting before you today with profound gratitude and immense joy as the recipient of this Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award. This moment is truly inspiring for me, and I am deeply honored to be recognized in this way. And I want to express my heartfelt...
      

Warrior Girl Unearthed: Angeline Boulley's 2023 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

Aaniin! Hello! I am honored to receive the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction for Warrior Girl Unearthed. Chii miigwech to readers everywhere and especially to judges Martha V. ­Parravano, Roger Sutton, and Chairperson Erica Marks. Every sophomore novel is a triumph, and mine would not have been possible without...
      

Choosing Brave: Janelle Washington's 2023 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

I express my deepest appreciation to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges Erica Marks, Martha V. ­Parravano, and Roger Sutton for choosing Choosing Brave for a 2023 Nonfiction Honor Book award. It’s a tremendous honor to have ­Choosing Brave acknowledged among such a talented and passionate ­community of authors and...
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