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BGHB at 50: Amber and Essie and Vera and Me

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the sixth in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving; […]

Vera B. Williams (1927–2015)

We were saddened to hear about the death last week of legendary children’s book author and illustrator Vera B. Williams. It’s a loss to our field; she was, truly, unique. Her groundbreaking picture books celebrated children and family and communities — all kinds of children, all kinds of families, and all kinds of communities. Both A Chair […]

Reviews of select books by Vera B. Williams

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    72 pp. 9/01    0-06-029460-4    15.95    g Library ed.    0-06-029461-2    15.89 For sisters Essie and Amber, a “Best Sandwich” means snuggling together with their teddy bear between them, breathing “each other’s breath / in and out and in […]

The ones that got away: Vera B. Williams

What book do you think most deserved to win the Newbery or Caldecott and didn’t even get an Honor? “The 1989 Caldecott Committee righted one wrong by honoring James Marshall (Goldilocks and the Three Bears), but they overlooked another work of genius, Vera B. Williams and Jennifer Williams’s Stringbean’s Trip to the Shining Sea (1988). […]

Childhood, Stories, and Politics

by Vera B. Williams One of my childhood pleasures was riding on my father’s shoulders to see and be part of the great crowds gathered for the May 1st international workers’ celebration that was socialist in origin and long preceded our Labor Day. I also took part in the traditional May Day ritual at my […]

A Chair for My Mother: Vera B. Williams’ Boston Globe–Horn Book Award acceptance speech

by Vera B. Williams First, I would simply like to share with you the fact that I am exceptionally happy to be here. It may be that I feel this way because I became a writer and an illustrator of children’s books only in recent years. I had intended to do so when I was […]