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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Since 1967, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have honored excellence in writing and illustrating books for young people.

BGHB17 and HBAS17: Resistance slideshow

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, and like Steve Sheinkin said to Ashley Bryan at the start of Steve’s Honor Award acceptance speech: “That’s a hard act to follow, Ashley!” For the first time in recent history, every winner and honoree was in attendance, both at Friday night’s awards […]

2017 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

We’re not done celebrating the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards just yet! We’ll be adding online coverage of the winners, the ceremony, and the #HBAS17 Colloquium: “Resistance” all week long, so keep checking back! Look for more (including the inspiring acceptance speeches) in the January/February 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. #resist 😉 On […]

2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times”

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2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony

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Horn Book Magazine covers by BGHB winners and honorees

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Beginning in 2000, the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine has typically featured art by one of the previous year’s winners/honorees; we’ve collected these special covers below. For much more on the awards’ fifty-year […]

BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the second in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving, Tim […]

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

I served on the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee with Thom Barthelmess and Lauren Adams, and I wrote about my kids’ responses to our selections here. So when the Horn Book editors issued an invitation to reflect on past winners and honorees for BGHB’s fiftieth anniversary, I decided to branch out from my committee’s […]

BGHB at 50: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Hamilton?: M. C. Higgins, the Great

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the third in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving […]

BGHB at 50: Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee

Clementine, a 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, is a 136-page master class in characterization. Sure, its protagonist is a spunky girl in the grand tradition of spunky girls. But just look at how much we learn about her — at how much is specific to her — beyond the usual […]

2017 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of […]