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Reasons to Get Out of Bed

Despite my dedication to the cause, I never thought a children’s book would have me voluntarily up and out at four-thirty on a frosty November Sunday morning. But the heavens and the forecast were so arrayed that I wanted to take my chance to watch the Leonid meteor shower light up the sky. I wasn’t […]

On the Cover: Houses

My father’s house was made of sky. His bookcases stood twelve feet high. The snowy owl my father tamed, the stones he showed me, stars he named, agate, quartz, the Milky Way— “It’s good to know their names,” he’d say, “so when I’m gone and you are grown, in any world you’ll feel at home.” […]

A Tale Out of Time

By Nancy Willard I recently asked my students in a class on the history of fairy tales a simple question: What was your favorite fairy tale when you were growing up, and how did you find it? Or, to put it differently, how did that particular tale find you? These are students who can’t imagine […]

Carver: A Life in Poems: Author Marilyn Nelson’s BGHB 2002 Fiction and Poetry Award Speech

by Marilyn Nelson Abracadabra, alakazam, paz, salaam, shalom, amen My deep thanks go to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award selection committee, and to Stephen Roxburgh of Front Street Books, who saw the potential of my manuscript. Thanks, too, to Helen Robinson of Front Street, whose design made the manuscript a beautiful and informative book. Thanks, […]