Presenting the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners


On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at SLJ's virtual Day of Dialog, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you missed the live stream (or if you just want to relive the excitement!), you can watch the archived video here:




Prestigious Program Honors Excellence in Literature for Children and Young Adults

New York, NY — May 27, 2020 — Today The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal's virtual Day of Dialog. First presented in 1967, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebrate excellence in chidren'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 2019 and May 2020, but may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.

"The Boston Globe is honored to partner with The Horn Book, Inc., to award this prestigious honor and celebrate the authors and illustrators of children's and young adult literature," said Linda Henry, Boston Globe Managing Director. "By sharing their talents, each of the award winners and honorees is inspiring the imaginations of young readers and we are grateful to each of them for the contributions they've made to the literary community."

"Two of the newer kids and the Grand Old Man! Winners and Honors taken together, it's a welcome roster of talented and necessary voices," said Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief, The Horn Book, Inc.

The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners are:

Saturday by Oge Mora (Little, Brown)

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King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (Scholastic Press)

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Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Read The Horn Book's review.

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  • Birdsong by Julie Flett (Greystone Kids)  
  • Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster)  

Read The Horn Book's reviews.


  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins)
  • When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (Random House) 

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  • Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes (Wordsong/Boyds Mills & Kane) 
  • It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way written by Kyo Maclear; illustrated by Julie Morstad (Harper/HarperCollins) 

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The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Sutton. The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: chair Julie Danielson, reviewer, blogger, author, and lecturer for The University of Tennessee's School of Information Sciences, Murfreesboro, TN; Leo Landry, author/illustrator and children's book buyer at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe, Plainville, MA; and Sujei Lugo, Children's Librarian, Boston Public Library (Connolly Branch), Jamaica Plain, MA.

Winners and honorees will receive their awards at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards virtual ceremony in October from Simmons University in Boston.

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About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
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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, and Junior Library Guild. For more information, visit

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The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors were announced at SLJ's virtual Day of Dialog and via live stream on May 27th, 2020. For reviews of the winning titles and more, click on the tag BGHB20.

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