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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...
      

From the Editor - January 2024

Earlier today Calling Caldecott announced the winner of its MOCK award, Big by Vashti Harrison, with honor books An American Story and There Was a Party for Langston; all superb choices! This coming Monday, January 22, we’ll know the winners of the actual 2024 Caldecott Medal and of the other...
      

On the Cover

Every year, when the days start to lengthen and patches of sun and shadow play tug-of-war over the freeze-thawing earth, I look for the telltale green shoots of the season’s first crocuses. A similar moment appears at the beginning of my next picture book, All That Grows (Groundwood, March 2024),...
      

Calling CaldeNott Interview with Jack Wong

[This interview took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 14, 2023.] Note: Jack was interviewed in The Horn Book's e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book, in June 2023. I deliberately decided not to tread the same water (sorry — the swimming puns are kind of hard to stop) and to ask different questions here. ...
      

Table of Contents: January/February 2024 Horn Book Magazine

Cover (c) 2024 by Jack Wong.   Features On the Cover by Jack Wong Artist’s statement by this issue’s cover artist and 2023 BGHB Picture Book Award winner. Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors Our choices for the best books of 2023. Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards BGHB Awards Gallery...
      

Preview January/February 2024 Horn Book Magazine

Original cover art by Jack Wong.   First issue of our centennial year! HB100: The Early Years: Starting our centennial coverage at the beginning, with picture books. Bertha E. Mahony’s first editorial from 1924 (and, of course, Elissa Gershowitz’s first editorial of 2024). Horn Book reminiscence from Roger Sutton.  ...
      
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Review of The Words We Share

The Words We Share / by Jack Wong; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Annick    40 pp. 9/23    9781773217970    $22.99 In this heartfelt tale, young Angie becomes a vital bridge between her Cantonese-speaking dad and their new home in Canada. She frequently aids her father in navigating various situations, such...
      

Register for the 2023 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Virtual Celebration!

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NEW: Register for the 2023 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Virtual Celebration! Join us LIVE online Friday, November 3, 2023, at 5:00pm Eastern for our first-ever, virtual, free Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration! The 2023 BGHB winners — Angeline Boulley, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Jack Wong — will read their acceptance speeches,...
      

Review of When You Can Swim

When You Can Swim by Jack Wong; illus. by the author Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    48 pp. 5/23    9781338830965    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781338830989    $18.99 With poetic text and gorgeous, inclusive illustrations, Wong invites readers to learn how to swim — to conquer fear of the water, and also to reclaim aquatic spaces...
      

Five questions for Jack Wong

“Is a book about swimming really just about swimming?” When You Can Swim by Jack Wong (Orchard/Scholastic, 4–8 years) — winner of the just-announced 2023 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award! — is a joyful, inclusive, reassuring picture book that encourages all readers to take the plunge. 1. Did you...
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