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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



The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony will be held October 5 in Boston, MA. We’ll celebrate the 2018 winners and honorees with the annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium held the following day. The weekend will include 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. Stay tuned, the 2018 BGHB winners and honorees will be announced in May at School Library Journal’s annual Day of Dialog in New York City. Registration for this year’s ceremony will open in April.

First awarded in 1967, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards recognize and reward excellence in literature for children and young adults. Click here to read the official submission guidelines.


Lolly's BGHB @ 50 Poster

Jun 12, 2017 by Horn Book

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

BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy

Sep 19, 2017 by Carole Boston Weatherford

When Brian Pinkney’s The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the 1997 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book, debuted, I had two children in elementary school....

BGHB at 50: Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children

Aug 15, 2017 by Megan Dowd Lambert

I served on the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee with Thom Barthelmess and Lauren Adams, and I wrote ...


Five Questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long

Posted Aug 02, 2017 by Horn Book

Joanna Rudge Long is a longtime Horn Book reviewer, the former children’s books editor of Kirkus Reviews, and this year’s BGHB Committee Chair. (This isn’t Joanna’s first BGHB rodeo; she previously served as a judge in 2000.) ...

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 06, 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?


Freedom Over Me: Ashley Bryan’s 2017 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Jan 18, 2018 by Ashley Bryan

What a joy to thank the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee for recognizing Freedom Over Me, and to work with my editor Caitlyn Dlouhy and the book’s designer, Ann Bobco. When you think you’re alone in this world, you’re not alone.

Town Is by the Sea: Author Joanne Schwartz’s 2017 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Jan 18, 2018 by Joanne Schwartz

Because I grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, this book is very dear to my heart, and so achieving this kind of recognition has particular significance. There would have been no one more delighted to see the response to this book than my father, to whom the book is dedicated.

Town Is by the Sea: Illustrator Sydney Smith’s 2017 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Jan 18, 2018 by Sydney Smith

Sheila Barry, the wonderful and clever co-publisher at Groundwood Books, must have known, when she casually handed me the manuscript, that I would have no choice. I would illustrate this book and I would work my ass off.