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The Best Man: Richard Peck’s 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Honor Speech

I waited eighty years to write The Best Man and began it on that June day in 2014 when same-sex marriage legislation was implemented in my home state of Illinois. But have the youngest readers heard? There will be no word of it on the standardized test or in the textbook during my lifetime. I […]

Editorial: The First Rule of BGHB

We were pleased to celebrate in October the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, coverage of which can be found in this issue, on pages 24–45 and at hbook.com/bghb17. I’ve always loved the literal offbeat-ness of this award: its consideration year is June 1 to May 31, making of its eligible contenders a […]

BGHB17 and HBAS17: Resistance slideshow

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, and like Steve Sheinkin said to Ashley Bryan at the start of Steve’s Honor Award acceptance speech: “That’s a hard act to follow, Ashley!” For the first time in recent history, every winner and honoree was in attendance, both at Friday night’s awards […]

2017 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

We’re not done celebrating the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards just yet! We’ll be adding online coverage of the winners, the ceremony, and the #HBAS17 Colloquium: “Resistance” all week long, so keep checking back! Look for more (including the inspiring acceptance speeches) in the January/February 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. #resist 😉 On […]

2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times”

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2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony

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To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Salutations! I am honored to be here with all of you. I never met Zena Sutherland, but she’s been described as “short and feisty,” and I like short and feisty women, especially, as in Zena’s case, ones with passion and panache. When Zena was offered the job to become editor and sole reviewer for the […]

2017 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of […]

Five questions for 2017 Fiction and Poetry winner Angie Thomas

1. You shared on Twitter that in manuscript stage you wondered how this book’s subject matter would be received (“Are novels that deal with sensitive current issues a no-no?”). How much was that concern on your mind when you were first writing, and how did it affect your writing process? AT: Initially, it was a […]

2017 Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of […]