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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 & Poetry, and Nonfiction. [...]

50 Years of BGHB Winners


2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards

Join us in Boston, MA on October 6 as we celebrate the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honorees with the annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium held the following day. The weekend includes talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions which provide librarians, educators, children's literature professionals, students, scholars, publishing types, and writers alike a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children's and young adult literature.


Lolly's BGHB @ 50 Poster

Feb 21, 2016 by Horn Book

Download and print your copy of our beautifully designed poster of our past award winners here.

BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy

Sep 19, 2017 by Carole Boston Weatherford

When Brian Pinkney’s The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the 1997 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book, debuted, I had two children in elementary school....

BGHB at 50: Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children

Aug 15, 2017 by Megan Dowd Lambert

I served on the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee with Thom Barthelmess and Lauren Adams, and I wrote ...


An Interview with Elizabeth Wein

Posted May 16, 2014 by Deirdre Baker

Author Elizabeth Wein is also a pilot, and her two most recent novels, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire, feature young female pilots who ferry aircraft for Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. When Elizabeth was in Toronto recently for a book tour ...

Hbook Podcast 1.15—BGHB Awards!

Posted Jun 6, 2016 by Siân Gaetano

Roger's Extra Special Trivia Questions to Siân: What two books have won the Newbery Medal, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the National Book Award? What two authors have won the BGHB award three times?

Frances Hardinge Talks with Roger


In The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge eschews the full-blown fantasy of her previous books for something more ambivalent. Does the tree of the title indeed feed on lies, rewarding its caretaker with truth, or ...


2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction: Fireboat by Maira Kalman

Jan 9, 2014 by Maira Kalman

I am what I am (and Popeye ends right there with a succinct pop, but I have been asked to go on though I admire brevity above all else and often say the less said the better unless you have a lot to say which is fine it just better be interesting) — I am what I am because my grandmother ...

Holes: Author Louis Sachar’s 1999 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Jan 10, 2000 by Louise Sachar

This is great. It is very gratifying to be recognized by the Boston Globe and Horn Book. I feel especially rewarded being here in New England at this time of year. Holes was inspired by my dislike of the hot Texas summer. It is now autumn in Texas....

Author Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Jan 1, 2009 by Sherman Alexie

I’m very excited. As you know, the award was for this book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book has sold and reached an audience in a way nothing of mine has before, and it really is because so many people in the young adult world ...