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History

First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in the spring, 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.

Throughout the year, we will be celebrating award winners past and present with a series of articles, interviews, reminiscences, and more. Look for our coverage both in The Horn Book Magazine and on hbook.com, leading up to our 2017 Awards announcement in May and our special fiftieth-anniversary Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony at Simmons College in Boston, MA on October 6, 2017, with The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium to follow on October 7.