Horn Book Awards

First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children's and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category. On occasion, a book will receive a special citation for its high quality and overall creative excellence. The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges who are annually appointed by the Editor of the Horn Book.

For more information see:The Horn Book Awards website

2018 Award Winners


They Say Blue

Jillian Tamaki​​​​​​​ | 2018 Picture Books

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo |  2018 Fiction & Poetry

Past Award Winners



Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo | 2016 Picture Books


The Farmer and the Clown

Marla Frazee | 2015 Picture Books


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Peter Brown | 2014 Picture Books


Building Our House

Jonathan Bean | 2013 Picture Books


Extra Yarn

Mac BarnettJon Klassen | 2012 Picture Books

No Crystal Stair

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R Gregory Christie |  2012 Fiction & Poetry

Chuck Close: Face Book

Chuck Close |  2012 Nonfiction


Blink & Caution

Tim Wynne-Jones |  2011 Fiction & Poetry


I Know Here

Laurel Croza,  Matt James | 2010 Picture Books


Bubble Trouble

Margaret Mahy, Polly Dunbar | 2009 Picture Books


At Night

Jonathan Bean | 2008 Picture Books

The Wall

Peter Sis |  2008 Nonfiction



Leaf Man

Lois Ehlert | 2006 Picture Books


Traction Man Is Here!

Mini Grey | 2005 Picture Books



Big Momma Makes the World

Phyllis Root, Helen Oxenbury | 2003 Picture Books


Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate

Bob Graham | 2002 Picture Books


Cold Feet

Cynthia DeFelice, Robert Andrew Parker | 2001 Picture Books

Carver: A Life in Poems

Marilyn Nelson  | 2001 Fiction & Poetry

The Longitude Prize

Joan Dash | 2001 Nonfiction


Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

D B Johnson | 2000 Picture Books

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