Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Information

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Boston Globe–Horn Book Award
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Awarded for"excellence in literature for children and young adults"
Location Boston, Massachusetts
CountryUnited States
Presented by The Horn Book Magazine
First awarded1967

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are a set of American literary awards conferred by The Boston Globe and The Horn Book Magazine annually from 1967. One book is recognized in each of four categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book. The official website calls the awards "among the most prestigious honors in children's and young adult literature". [1]

The Awards follow a school-year calendar. Taking the 2011–2012 cycle for illustration: books published June 2011 to May 2012 were eligible; submissions from publishers were accepted until May 15; the awards and honors were announced during June (when U.S. school years end), only one to twelve months after the eligible books were released. [2]

From 1967 to 1975 there were only two award categories, fiction and picture book. The Nonfiction award was introduced in 1976 and the fiction category was revised to "Fiction and Poems" in 2001, when that award recognized Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson. There have been five "Special Citations": fourth awards conferred in five different years from 1977 to 1999.

Generally the books under consideration have been submitted by their publishers but the panel of judges may honor any eligible book. Before 2011–2012 the publishers were permitted to submit only a limited number of candidates. [2]


Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners [3] [4] [5]
Year Category Book Writer Illustrator
1967 Fiction The Little Fishes Erik Christian Haugaard
Picture Book London Bridge Is Falling Down Peter Spier Peter Spier
1968 Fiction The Spring Rider John Lawson
Picture Book Tikki Tikki Tembo Arlene Mosel Blair Lent
1969 Fiction A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K. Le Guin
Picture Book The Adventures of Paddy Pork John S. Goodall John S. Goodall
1970 Fiction The Intruder John Rowe Townsend
Picture Book Hi, Cat! Ezra Jack Keats Ezra Jack Keats
1971 Fiction A Room Made of Windows Eleanor Cameron
Picture Book If I Built a Village . . . Kazue Mizumura Kazue Mizumura
1972 Fiction Tristan and Iseult Rosemary Sutcliff
Picture Book Mr. Gumpy's Outing John Burningham John Burningham
1973 Fiction The Dark Is Rising Susan Cooper
Picture Book King Stork Howard Pyle Trina Schart Hyman
1974 Fiction M. C. Higgins, the Great Virginia Hamilton
Picture Book Jambo Means Hello Muriel Feelings Tom Feelings
1975 Fiction Transport 7-41-R T. Degens
Picture Book Anno's Alphabet Mitsumasa Anno Mitsumasa Anno
1976 Fiction Unleaving Jill Paton Walsh
Nonfiction Voyaging to Cathay Alfred Tamarin and Shirley Glubok
Picture Book Thirteen Remy Charlip Jerry Joyner
1977 Fiction Child of the Owl Laurence Yep
Nonfiction Chance, Luck and Destiny Peter Dickinson
Picture Book Granfa' Grig Had a Pig Wallace Tripp Wallace Tripp
Special Citation The Changing City and The Changing Countryside Jorg Mueller
1978 Fiction The Westing Game Ellen Raskin
Nonfiction Mischling, Second Degree Ilse Koehn
Picture Book Anno's Journey Mitsumasa Anno Mitsumasa Anno
1979 Fiction Humbug Mountain Sid Fleischman
Nonfiction The Road from Home David Kherdian
Picture Book The Snowman Raymond Briggs Raymond Briggs
1980 Fiction Conrad's War Andrew Davies
Nonfiction Building: The Fight Against Gravity Mario Salvadori Saralinda Hooker and Christopher Ragus
Picture Book The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Chris Van Allsburg Chris Van Allsburg
Special Citation Graham Oakley's Magical Changes Graham Oakley
1981 Fiction The Leaving Lynn Hall
Nonfiction The Weaver's Gift Kathryn Lasky Christopher G. Knight
Picture Book Outside Over There Maurice Sendak Maurice Sendak
1982 Fiction Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park
Nonfiction Upon the Head of the Goat Aranka Siegal
Picture Book A Visit to William Blake's Inn Nancy Willard Alice and Martin Provensen
1983 Fiction Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush Virginia Hamilton
Nonfiction Behind Barbed Wire Daniel S. Davis
Picture Book A Chair for My Mother Vera B. Williams Vera B. Williams
1984 Fiction A Little Fear Patricia Wrightson
Nonfiction The Double Life of Pocahontas Jean Fritz Ed Young
Picture Book Jonah and the Great Fish Warwick Hutton Warwick Hutton
1985 Fiction The Moves Make the Man Bruce Brooks
Nonfiction Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun Rhoda Blumberg
Picture Book Mama Don't Allow Thacher Hurd Thacher Hurd
Special Citation 1,2,3 Tana Hoban Tana Hoban
1986 Fiction In Summer Light Zibby Oneal
Nonfiction Auks, Rocks, and the Odd Dinosaur Peggy Thomson
Picture Book The Paper Crane Molly Bang Molly Bang
1987 Fiction Rabble Starkey Lois Lowry
Nonfiction The Pilgrims of Plimoth Marcia Sewall
Picture Book Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe John Steptoe
1988 Fiction The Friendship Mildred D. Taylor Max Ginsburg
Nonfiction Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave Virginia Hamilton
Picture Book The Boy of the Three-Year Nap Dianne Snyder Allen Say
1989 Fiction The Village by the Sea Paula Fox
Nonfiction The Way Things Work David Macaulay David Macaulay
Picture Book Shy Charles Rosemary Wells Rosemary Wells
1990 Fiction Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli
Nonfiction The Great Little Madison Jean Fritz
Picture Book Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China Ed Young Ed Young
Special Citation Valentine and Orson Nancy Ekholm Burkert
1991 Fiction The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Avi
Nonfiction Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds Cynthia Rylant Barry Moser
Picture Book The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks Katherine Paterson Leo and Diane Dillon
1992 Fiction Missing May Cynthia Rylant
Nonfiction Talking with Artists Pat Cummings
Picture Book Seven Blind Mice Ed Young Ed Young
1993 Fiction Ajeemah and His Son James Berry
Nonfiction Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick McKissack
Picture Book The Fortune Tellers Lloyd Alexander Trina Schart Hyman
1994 Fiction Scooter Vera B. Williams
Nonfiction Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Russell Freedman
Picture Book Grandfather's Journey Allen Say Allen Say
1995 Fiction Some of the Kinder Planets Tim Wynne-Jones
Nonfiction Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution Natalie S. Bober
Picture Book John Henry Julius Lester Jerry Pinkney
1996 Fiction Poppy Avi Brian Floca
Nonfiction Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story Andrea Warren
Picture Book In the Rain with Baby Duck Amy Hest Jill Barton
1997 Fiction The Friends Kazumi Yumoto with Cathy Hirano (trans.)
Nonfiction A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder Walter Wick Walter Wick
Picture Book The Adventures of Sparrowboy Brian Pinkney
1998 Fiction The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child Francisco Jiménez
Nonfiction Leon’s Story Leon Walter Tillage Susan L. Roth
Picture Book And If the Moon Could Talk Kate Banks Georg Hallensleben
1999 Fiction Holes Louis Sachar
Nonfiction The Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest Steve Jenkins
Picture Book Red-Eyed Tree Frog Joy Cowley Nic Bishop
Special Citation Tibet: Through the Red Box Peter Sís
2000 Fiction The Folk Keeper Franny Billingsley
Nonfiction Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado Marc Aronson
Picture Book Henry Hikes to Fitchburg D. B. Johnson D. B. Johnson
2001 Fiction and Poetry Carver: A Life in Poems Marilyn Nelson
Nonfiction The Longitude Prize Joan Dash Dušan Petričić
Picture Book Cold Feet Cynthia DeFelice Robert Andrew Parker
2002 Fiction and Poetry Lord of the Deep Graham Salisbury
Nonfiction This Land was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie Elizabeth Partridge
Picture Book “Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate Bob Graham Bob Graham
2003 Fiction and Poetry The Jamie and Angus Stories Anne Fine Penny Dale
Nonfiction Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey Maira Kalman
Picture Book Big Momma Makes the World Phyllis Root Helen Oxenbury
2004 Fiction and Poetry The Fire-Eaters David Almond
Nonfiction An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Jim Murphy
Picture Book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers Mordicai Gerstein Mordicai Gerstein
2005 Fiction and Poetry The Schwa Was Here Neal Shusterman
Nonfiction The Race to Save the Lord God Bird Phillip Hoose
Picture Book Traction Man Is Here! Mini Grey Mini Grey
2006 Picture Book Leaf Man Lois Ehlert Lois Ehlert
Fiction and Poetry The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo Bagram Ibatoulline
Nonfiction If You Decide to Go to the Moon Faith McNulty Steven Kellogg
2007 Picture Book Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories Laura Vaccaro Seeger Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Fiction and Poetry The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party M.T. Anderson
Nonfiction The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr Nicolas Debon Nicolas Debon
2008 Picture Book At Night Jonathan Bean Jonathan Bean
Fiction and Poetry The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie Ellen Forney
Nonfiction The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Peter Sís Peter Sís
2009 Picture Book Bubble Trouble Margaret Mahy Polly Dunbar
Fiction and Poetry Nation Terry Pratchett
Nonfiction The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary Candace Fleming
2010 Picture Book I Know Here Laurel Croza Matt James
Fiction and Poetry When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead
Nonfiction Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary Elizabeth Partridge
2011 Picture Book Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes Salley Mavor Salley Mavor
Fiction and Poetry Blink & Caution Tim Wynne-Jones
Nonfiction The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery Steve Sheinkin
2012 Picture Book Extra Yarn Mac Barnett Jon Klassen
Fiction No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller Vaunda Micheaux Nelson R. Gregory Christie
Nonfiction Chuck Close: Face Book Chuck Close with others Chuck Close
2013 Picture Book Open This Little Book Jesse Klausmeier Suzy Lee
Picture Book Building Our House Jonathan Bean Jonathan Bean
Fiction Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell
Nonfiction Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Robert Byrd Robert Byrd
2014 Picture Book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Peter Brown Peter Brown
Fiction Grasshopper Jungle Andrew A. Smith
Nonfiction The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Steve Sheinkin
2015 Picture Book The Farmer and the Clown Marla Frazee
Fiction Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms Katherine Rundell
Nonfiction The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Candace Fleming
2016 Picture Book Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Roxane Orgill
Fiction The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge
Nonfiction Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Steve Sheinkin
2017 Picture Book Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life Ashley Bryan Ashley Bryan
Fiction The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
Nonfiction Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Deborah Heiligman
2018 Picture Book They Say Blue Jillian Tamaki Jillian Tamaki
Fiction and Poetry The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo
Nonfiction Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Isabel Quintero Zeke Peña
2019 Picture Book The Patchwork Bike [7] Maxine Beneba Clarke Van T. Rudd
Fiction and Poetry The Season of Styx Malone [8] Kekla Magoon
Nonfiction This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality [8] Jo Ann Allen and Debbie Levy
2020 Picture Book Saturday [9] Ogre Mora
Fiction and Poetry King and the Dragonflies Kacen Callender
Nonfiction Infinite Hope Ashley Bryan
2021 Picture Book I Talk Like a River Jordan Scott Sydney Smith
Fiction and Poetry A Sitting in St. James Rita Williams-Garcia
Nonfiction From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement Paula Yoo
2022 [10] Picture Book Ain’t Burned All the Bright Jason Reynolds Jason Griffin
Fiction and Poetry All My Rage Sabaa Tahir
Nonfiction Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Brandy Colbert

Repeat winners

Author Virginia Hamilton and illustrator Ed Young have both won three Awards, both in two categories. [11]

Mitsumasa Anno, Avi, Jean Fritz, Cynthia Rylant, Allen Say and Vera B. Williams have all won two Awards.

See also


  1. ^ "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards". The Horn Book ( Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  2. ^ a b "Submission Guidelines: 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards" Archived May 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. The Horn Book. Retrieved 2012-04-16.
  3. ^ Kofoed, Sharon. "Research Guides: Handy Topics in the Curriculum Department: Boston Globe/Horn Book Award". University of Nebraska - Kearney Librarary. Retrieved 2022-06-24.
  4. ^ "Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners". The Horn Book. Archived from the original on 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2022-06-24.
  5. ^ "Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards". HBook. Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2022-06-24.
  6. ^ "2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature". The Horn Book. May 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  7. ^ "Clarke's 'The Patchwork Bike' wins US picture book award". Books+Publishing. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  8. ^ a b "Presenting the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners — The Horn Book". Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  9. ^ Basu, Diksha (May 28, 2020). "Shelf Awareness for Thursday, May 28, 2020". Shelf Awareness. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  10. ^ Schaub, Michael (2022-06-24). "Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners Revealed". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2022-06-24.
  11. ^ "Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners 1967-2013". The Horn Book. Archived from the original on June 12, 2013.

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