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Five questions for Dean Robbins and Susanna Chapman

The picture-book biography The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith! (Candlewick, 6–9 years) introduces young readers to a passionate musician whose long career also included influential advocacy for women in music. For books that sing a similar tune, see the “Express yourself” section of this issue of Notes...

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...

Kirby Larson and Quinn Wyatt Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by   While I knew from the title page that Gut Reaction had two authors, I did not know they were next-door neighbors, not to mention mother (Kirby Larson) and daughter...

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...

Choosing Brave: Angela Joy's 2023 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

I am thrilled today to accept a 2023 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Award for Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement. I am truly appreciative of this lovely award. A few weeks ago, I was asked to record a simple anecdote of hope...

H is for Harlem: April Harrison's 2023 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

This book taught me things that I didn’t know about Harlem. Dinah’s words took me on a journey of discovery. I not only discovered the history behind some of Harlem’s legendary buildings; it made me dive deeper into the actual people who made these buildings so special. When I started...
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