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2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners.

Celebrating its 48th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners and two honor books are selected in each of three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.

“This year’s judges did a splendid job,” said Sutton. “It’s always great when their choices inspire one to feel confirmed, challenged, and surprised all at the same time.”

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners, 2014

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild written and illustrated by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group)

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Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Book Press)

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Award honor books, 2014


  • Rules of Summer written and illustrated by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic)
  • Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, written by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group)

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  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
  • Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

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  • The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson (Chronicle Books)

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Four 2014 awardees have previously been honored — Steve Jenkins (1999, Nonfiction winner), Steve Sheinkin (2011, Nonfiction winner), Shaun Tan (2008, Special Citation), Elizabeth Wein (2012, Fiction honor). More information, including a complete list of BGHB winners and honors since 1967, can be found by visiting the awards website:

The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Mr. Sutton. The 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: Chair, Nina Lindsay, Horn Book reviewer and supervising librarian for children’s services at the Oakland (CA) Public Library; Claire E. Gross, former associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine and current children’s librarian at the Egleston Square Branch of the Boston Public Library; and Amy Pattee, associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, MA.

The winning titles must be published in the United States, but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.

HBASThe awards will be given at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony (October 10, 2014) at Simmons College in Boston, MA. The event begins with acceptance speeches from the awardees, followed by an autographing session and a celebratory evening reception. The following day, The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers, features the award winners and honorees in talks, panel discussions, and small group sessions offering librarians, educators, and other children’s book professionals a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. More information on Horn Book at Simmons can be found at


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  1. A great job indeed Roger!!!!!! I am so thrilled at the win for MR. TIGER GOES WILD, and agree that RULES OF SUMMER and KNOCK KNOCK are superb books as well.

    The Boston-Horn Book awards are probably my favorites as far as always connecting with the winners. I must investigate some of the other winners.

  2. Gail Aldous says:

    Steve Sheinkin Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight For Civil Rights is great! An exciting read for middle school readers and adults, which fits into Common Core themes. Steve’s usual fast paced writing keeps you turning the pages until the end!

  3. Gail Aldous says:

    Was there a 2014 Poetry Boston-Globe picked?

  4. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    The categories for BGHB are: Picture Book; Nonfiction; Fiction and Poetry. This year the Fiction and Poetry category winners were all works of fiction.

  5. Savannah Hunt says:

    i don’t think that BeekLe is the winner because there are more funnyer storyies than that.

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