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The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards celebrate 50 years

Have you seen the new Boston Globe–Horn Book Award website yet? Take a look; it is a thing of beauty. 2017 marks the fiftieth year the Awards have honored children’s and young adult books in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.

The microsite offers a wealth of information about the BGHB awards, among children’s and young adult literature’s most prestigious honors. Watch a touching and beautifully produced video introducing the awards; peruse a complete list of winners and honorees from 1967 to the present;  print your own two-sided copy of creative director Lolly’s stunning BGHB @ 50 poster (image above).  You’ll also find easily accessible articles, interviews, reminiscences, and more.

And stay tuned: on Tuesdays, Elissa and Katie will post special BGHB@50 essays by previous winners, judges, and other luminaries reflecting on award-winning titles. Here’s Gregory Maguire on Unleaving by Jill Paton Walsh. On May 31, 2017, we’ll be announcing the winners of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog. And save the date for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony in Boston on Friday, October 6, and the following day’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on the theme: “Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times.”

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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