May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. Celebrating their 49th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

A Winner and two Honor Books were selected in each of three categories: Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

“The BGHB’s odd calendar (last half of previous year, first half of this) and small (three) panel of judges tend to bring unexpected choices to the fore, but what makes this award really stand out is its deceptively simple criterion: the judges are instructed to reward ‘excellence,’ no more, no less. Not as easy as it might sound!” says Roger Sutton.

“The Boston Globe is proud to once again present The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — one of the many ways the Globe promotes excellence in the arts and letters nationally. We congratulate this year’s winning authors for their exemplary work in the field of children’s and young adult literature. It is our hope that their books will spark curiosity and creativity in generation upon generation of young people,” said Linda Pizzuti Henry, Boston Globe Managing Director.

2015 Boston Globe Horn Book Award winnersPICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee (published by Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell (published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and
the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming (published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)

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2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award honor boks


  • It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee (published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

  • Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

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  • Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire (published by Candlewick Press)

  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman; illus. by Brendan Shusterman (published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

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  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose (published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

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More information can be found by visiting the awards website:

The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Mr. Sutton. The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: Chair, Barbara Scotto, co-director of Children’s Literature New England; Jessica Tackett MacDonald, collection development librarian at the Boston Public Library, specializing in youth and teen collections; and Maeve Visser Knoth, librarian at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California.

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 on Friday, October 2nd, 2015, at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. The event begins with speeches by the awardees, followed by an autographing session and a celebratory evening reception. The following day, Saturday, October 3rd, The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium features the award winners and honorees in talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions, offering librarians, educators, and children’s literature professionals a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. The theme of this year’s Colloquium is “Transformations.” More information on The Horn Book at Simmons – including early-bird pricing – can be found at

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First published in 1924, The Horn Book Magazine provides its readership with in-depth reviews of the best new books for children and young adults as well as features, articles, and editorials. The Horn Book Guide, published twice annually, provides comprehensive reviews and a numerical rating for every hardcover children’s book published in the United States during the previous publishing season. The Horn Book Magazine, Guide, and Guide Online are publications of Media Source, Inc., which is also the parent company of Library JournalSchool Library Journal, and Junior Library Guild.


The 2015 Boston Globe—Horn Book Award winners and honors were announced on May 27th, 2015. For reviews of the winners and more, click on the tag bghb15.


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On October 2–3, 2015, join an esteemed group of award-winning authors, illustrators, librarians, and other children’s book experts and aficionados in Boston, MA, for the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, a memorable two-day event celebrating the best in children’s and young adult literature. We’ll take a close-up look at transformative life cycle of a book: how manuscripts morph into books, how old stories shift into new forms, how youth literature responds to a changing world, and how books transform readers. Attendees will leave with an insider’s look into award-winning books to excite and inspire young readers.

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