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The 57 Bus: Dashka Slater’s 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

My heartfelt thanks to the Boston Globe, Simmons University, the Horn Book, and especially to the awards committee. I want to talk to you about two buses, two cities, two books, and a poem. The poem was the first I ever published and it appeared in the Cambridge (MA) Chronicle when I was ten years […]

Photographic: Author Isabel Quintero’s 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Back in 2007, my now-ex-husband and I visited the Getty museum for the first time. I had received an email about Graciela Iturbide’s “The Goat’s Dance” exhibit. I was mesmerized by the images of a ritual that has been taking place for more than five hundred years in La Mixteca, an area of Mexico that […]

Photographic: Illustrator Zeke Peña’s 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Greeting friends and relatives, my father is Ricardo Peña and my mother is Anna Lisa Banegas-Peña-Téllez-Ybarra-Valencia-Lemos. I figured since we are celebrating Latinx people this month I’d share her whole name. My name is Zeke Peña, I was born in a small town in Southern New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and I grew up […]

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars: Author Seth Fishman’s and Illustrator Isabel Greenberg’s 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speeches

Thanks a hundred billion trillion for this honor. This was a brilliant project to work on from beginning to end, so it’s wonderful to see that people (and particularly children, I hope) are enjoying our book. And from me, thanks to Seth, who is such a great writer to work with…and so I will let […]

Books mentioned in the September 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Awards Edition

Trailblazing Latinx women Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Illustrated by Zeke Peña Middle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-947440-00-5 Acevedo, Sylvia  Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist Gr. 4–6, middle school    311 pp.     Clarion     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-328-80956-8    $17.99 Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-52690-8    […]

Planetary science

Fishman, Seth  A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Greenwillow 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers, stars, and just about everything about our home planet. Fishman exchanges science writing’s traditional stiffness for a confiding tone. Greenberg, too, eschews physical […]

Incarceration and redemption

Slater, Dashka  The 57 Bus High school     306 pp.     Farrar 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. In 2013, on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, African American teen Richard, egged on by friends, set white, genderqueer teen Sasha’s gauzy skirt on fire. Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns; Richard was arrested for a hate […]

Trailblazing Latinx women

Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Middle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Illustrated by Zeke Peña. Photographer Iturbide’s story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations, high-quality reproductions of her own photographs, and spare first-person narration drawing upon her writing and interviews; interspersed […]

Review of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke Peña Middle School, High School    Getty    96 pp. 3/18    978-1-947440-00-5    $19.95 This 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning biography introduces readers to “an icon. Orgullo mexicano. Maestra.” Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s (b. 1942) story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations, high-quality […]

Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

In this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up), author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña seamlessly blend lyrical text and striking sequential art with their subject’s own words and black-and-white photography. The result is a unique graphic-novel biography that’s both informative and inspiring. […]