Presenting the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners


On Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book acting editor in chief Elissa Gershowitz announced the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:




Prestigious Program Honors Excellence in Literature for Children and Young Adults

Boston, MA — June 22, 2022 — The Horn Book, Inc., today announced the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. First presented in 1967, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebrate excellence in children’s and young adult literature.

A winner and two honor books were selected in each of three categories: Picture Book; Fiction and Poetry; and Nonfiction. The winning titles must be first U.S. editions of books published between June 2021 and May 2022 but may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.

“This year marks the Boston Globe’s 150th anniversary, and we are once again proud to partner with the Horn Book to award this prestigious honor and celebrate the authors and illustrators of children's and young adult literature," said Linda Henry, CEO of Boston Globe Media. “Each of the award winners and honorees is inspiring the imaginations of countless young readers. We are grateful to each of them for the contributions they've made to the literary community.”

“Young people today are living through history,” said Elissa Gershowitz, Acting Editor in Chief, The Horn Book, Inc. “This selection of winners and honorees so beautifully captures this shared moment and the extraordinary issues young people face. At a time of increased book bans and challenges, it’s vital for readers to have access to thought-provoking, mind-expanding, worldview-questioning titles such as these.”

The 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners are:


Ain’t Burned All the Bright written by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Jason Griffin (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Read the Horn Book's review.


All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill/Penguin Random House)

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Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers)

Read the Horn Book's review.

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  • Moon Pops by Heena Baek; translated by Jieun Kiaer (Owlkids Books)
  • War by José Jorge Letria; illustrated by André Letria; translated by Elisa Amado (Aldana Libros/Greystone Kids)

Read the Horn Book's reviews.


  • Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)
  • Borders by Thomas King; illustrated by Natasha Donovan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

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  • The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found by Dina Nayeri; photographs by Anna Bosch Miralpeix (Candlewick Press)
  • Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Williams; illustrated by Tonya Engel (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Read the Horn Book's reviews.

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The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by the Horn Book Editor in Chief. The 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: chair Vicky Smith, Access Services Director, Portland Public Library in Portland, ME; Sujin B.E. Huggins, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, Dominican University in River Forest, IL; and Maura O’Toole, School Librarian in Boston, MA.

Winners and honorees will be celebrated during the month of October.

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About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC ("BGMP") is a multimedia organization that provides news, entertainment, and commentary across multiple brands and platforms. Through its properties, BGMP offers leading integrated advertising solutions that connect communities, ideas, and causes through powerful storytelling and multimedia experiences. BGMP properties include The Boston Globe,,, STAT, Globe Publishing Services, Globe Events, and Studio/B.

About The Horn Book, Inc.

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 articles, interviews, and editorials. The Horn Book website,, provides digital access to the Magazine and additional content including commentary, more reviews, and recommended reading lists. The Horn Book Magazine is a publication of Media Source, Inc., which is also the parent company of Library Journal, School Library Journal, Junior Library Guild, and AKJ Education. For more information, visit

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