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Boston Globe–Horn Book Award

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 three 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]

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

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

Repeat winnersEdit

Author Virginia Hamilton and illustrator Ed Young have both won three Awards, both in two categories.[3]

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

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ a b "Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners 1967-2013". The Horn Book. Archived from the original on June 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present". The Horn Book. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2012-04-16..
      Scope 1967 to 2011 only. Text otherwise identical to "Past [BG–HB] Award Winners" with many links to recent acceptance speeches (audio or transcript, complete 2004–2008) and ceremonies (photo or video).
  5. ^ "Presenting the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners — The Horn Book". Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  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.

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