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First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in the spring, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children's and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction & Poetry, and Nonfiction. [...]

50 Years of BGHB Winners


2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards

Join us in Boston, MA on October 6 as we celebrate the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honorees with the annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium held the following day. The weekend includes talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions which provide librarians, educators, children's literature professionals, students, scholars, publishing types, and writers alike a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children's and young adult literature.


Lolly's BGHB @ 50 Poster

Feb 21, 2016 by Horn Book

Download and print your copy of our beautifully designed poster of our past award winners here.

Author Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

Jan 1, 2009 by Sherman Alexie

I’m very excited. As you know, the award was for this book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book has sold and reached an audience ...

BGHB at 50: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Hamilton?: M. C. Higgins, the Great

Jul 18, 2017 by Kathleen T. Horning

In October 1974, M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction....


An Interview with Elizabeth Wein

Posted May 16, 2014 by Deirdre Baker

Author Elizabeth Wein is also a pilot, and her two most recent novels, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire, feature young female pilots who ferry aircraft for Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. When Elizabeth was in Toronto recently for a book tour ...

Hbook Podcast 1.15—BGHB Awards!

Posted Jun 6, 2016 by Siân Gaetano

Roger's Extra Special Trivia Questions to Siân: What two books have won the Newbery Medal, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the National Book Award? What two authors have won the BGHB award three times?

Frances Hardinge Talks with Roger


In The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge eschews the full-blown fantasy of her previous books for something more ambivalent. Does the tree of the title indeed feed on lies, rewarding its caretaker with truth, or ...


Outside the Box

Dec 1, 2016 by M. T. Anderson

I can't stand Little Women. Sure, I know Louisa May Alcott's book is a classic of children's literature; Henry James called her "the Thackeray, the Trollope, of the nursery and the school-room." But as a romantic-hearted young teen, I couldn't bear to watch the March girls' sunny, youthful dreams squashed by fate and by the gloomy, smarmy Marmee.

The World That Changes

Jan 4, 2016 by Susan Cooper

The very day that Roger asked me to give this talk, my grand-daughter stopped by my house after a science lesson. She was full of information. "Nana," she said, "did you know that after a caterpillar has gone into its chrysalis, there's nothing inside except soup?" I said, "Soup?" "Yes!" said my granddaughter with relish. "Just a lot of wet gooey stuff, and then the soup turns into a butterfly!"

Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers

Feb 25, 2015 by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

When Roger invited me to deliver the keynote for today's program, I was a bit intimidated. He told me that the idea for the "Mind the Gaps" theme was inspired by Christopher Myers's essay "Young Dreamers," published in The Horn Book last November. Christopher's essay grew from the ongoing question: where are the people of color in children's books?