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Reviews of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award Winner and Honor Books

Fiction and Poetry Winner All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir High School    Razorbill/Penguin    384 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-593-20234-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-20235-7    $10.99 In this stark and searing sort-of love story, two Pakistani American teens living in a California desert town struggle to choose connection over isolation when family crises...

Reviews of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Picture Book Winner Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Jason Griffin Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    384 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-5344-3946-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3947-4    $10.99 Reynolds’s introspective narrative poem, with a young man at home during quarantine as its speaker, shares the stage with Griffin’s emotive collagelike...

Reviews of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert Middle School, High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    224 pp.    g 10/21    978-0-06-305666-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-305668-8    $9.99 On May 30, 1921 — just over one hundred years ago — a...

Presenting the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

  On Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book acting editor in chief Elissa Gershowitz announced the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2022 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious...

I Talk like a River: Jordan Scott's 2021 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

The first time I saw a portrayal of a stutterer was in the film A Fish Called Wanda. I was ten years old, and up until that point had never seen or heard anyone else who stuttered. Michael Palin plays the character, “stuttering Ken,” a bumbling, nervous, unintelligent, and angry...

I Talk like a River: Sydney Smith's 2021 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

I Talk like a River is a book made of many things and made by many hands. But at its core its main ingredients are love and acceptance. Having illustrated this book, I can say with confidence that it was the purest and most positive collaborative experience in my book-making life....

Watercress: Andrea Wang's 2021 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Sometimes personal stories take a long time before they’re shared. Such was the case with Watercress, which is based on my own memory of picking watercress by the side of the road. At first, it seemed too inconsequential an event to share with my own children. These were kids who...

Watercress: Jason Chin's 2021 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Thank you to everyone on the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee for this recognition. Congratulations to all of the other authors and artists whose work has been recognized. It’s an honor to have our book listed alongside so many deserving and important books. Watercress was a team effort, and the...

I Am Every Good Thing: Derrick Barnes's 2021 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

In 2018, multinational clothing-retail company H&M released an ad that featured children of different ethnicities wearing shirts with messages in big block letters on the front. The shirts that really stood out were worn by two very handsome young gentlemen. One White. One Black. The White kid’s orange shirt read,...
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