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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: 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...

All My Rage: Sabaa Tahir's 2022 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

Thank you so much to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee for seeing this book and this journey and awarding All My Rage the Fiction and Poetry award. I learned I am the first Muslim American and Pakistani American to receive this award in its fifty-five-year history, something that makes...

Borders: Natasha Donovan's 2022 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech

On behalf of Thomas and myself, I want to express our sincere gratitude at being included among this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipients. All of the recognized titles are so wonderful, and it’s an honor to be in such good company. When our editor, Suzanne Sutherland, approached me with...

Ashley Bryan and Jerry Pinkney: Unfettered Artists Sharing Their Talents, Visions, and Joys

Two revered illustrators: Ashley Bryan (left; courtesy of Sandy Campbell) and Jerry Pinkney (right; photo: Robyn Pforr Ryan). Ashley Bryan (1923–2022) and Jerry Pinkney (1939–2021) are two of our most revered illustrators of children’s books. Each was prolific, with more than seventy books for Bryan and over one hundred for...
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