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Reviews of the 2023 Caldecott Medal Winners

Winner Hot Dog by Doug Salati; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.    g 5/22    978-0-593-30843-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30844-8    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30845-5    $10.99 It’s a hot time in the city. A small, low-slung pup greets the morning from the window of a narrow NYC ­brownstone. But...

Reviews of the 2023 Newbery Medal Winners

Winner Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.    g 2/22    978-0-316-05661-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-05674-8    $9.99 Many accounts of the Underground Railroad mention that enslaved Blacks would stick close to swamps as they made their way North, as the topography proved problematic for slave catchers. A...

Ain't Burned All the Bright: Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin's 2022 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Jason Reynolds. (Photo courtesy of Jason Reynolds.) REYNOLDS: First, I just want to take a moment to thank the Horn Book, not only as the bestower of this award but also as a relentless and consistent space exploring and celebrating children’s literature. I’m not sure that enough light is given...

War: André Letria's 2022 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Hello, my name is André Letria, illustrator and publisher of the original Portuguese edition of the book War. I want to thank the Boston Globe and the Horn Book for this distinction. I also thank you on behalf of my father, José Jorge Letria, who is the author of the...

Moon Pops: Jieun Kiaer's 2022 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

It’s my great honor to receive a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award for Picture Book. 달샤베트, or Moon Pops, is such a lovely story, one I feel a deep privilege to have served. A work of translation isn’t just a matter of changing words and languages, it requires almost making...

Moon Pops: Heena Baek's 2022 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Moon Pops means a lot to me. It was my second published picture book. After my first book, I couldn’t publish another one for a long time. So it took me a lot of courage to start writing again. After Moon Pops I could write books consistently, and almost twenty...

Black Birds in the Sky: Brandy Colbert's 2022 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

When I first began writing at the age of seven, I dreamed of being published, but I never imagined I would become an author of nonfiction — let alone of a history book. As a child, when I started to choose and read books for myself, I was most drawn...

Your Legacy: Tonya Engel's 2022 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

This is the very first time I’ve ever received an award for my art. How wonderful is that? When I tell you that author Schele Williams and I put our hearts and our souls and our energy and our love into creating this book, I truly mean it. If you...

Your Legacy: Schele Williams's 2022 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

It is truly an honor to receive a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award for Nonfiction. Congratulations to the winner of this award and my fellow honorees, and thank you to the panel of judges who looked at so many children’s books and chose our books, acknowledging our contributions to children’s...
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