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The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners Announced

June 2, 2016, Boston, MA — The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced today by The Boston Globe and The Horn Book in a video presentation that was launched on hbook.com at 11 am. In their fiftieth 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: Nonfiction, Fiction, and Picture Book.

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton remarked, “I am so pleased that the judges recognized such a range of both big- and small-d diversity, with choices reflecting intimate moments of contemporary child life as well as larger themes drawn from U.S. and world history. And Steve Sheinkin joins Virginia Hamilton as a three-time winner!”

“The Boston Globe congratulates the winners of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards as we celebrate the fiftieth year of this special program honoring authors of children’s and young adult literature. Since 1967, The Boston Globe has been proud to partner with The Horn Book on this annual literary awards program which is one of the many ways the Globe promotes excellence in the arts and letters nationally,” said Linda Pizzuti Henry, Boston Globe managing director.

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan)

Read The Horn Book’s review.


The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams)

Read The Horn Book’s review.


Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo (Candlewick Press)

Read The Horn Book’s review.


2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Books


  • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson (Candlewick Press)
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes (Candlewick Press)

Read The Horn Book’s reviews


  • The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick Press)
  • Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House)

Read The Horn Book’s reviews.


  • Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • One Day, the End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-than-Ever Stories written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Fred Koehler (Boyds Mills Press)

Read The Horn Book’s reviews.


More information can be found by visiting the awards website: www.hbook.com/boston-globe-horn-book-awards. Watch Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry’s announcement of the awards — via video for the first time! — here.

The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Roger Sutton. The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: Chair, Joanna Rudge Long, Horn Bookreviewer and former editor of Kirkus Reviews; Elizabeth Bird, collection development manager, Evanston (IL) Public Library; and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, middle school librarian, The Dalton School (NY).

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, September 30, 2016, 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 1, 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.

About The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe is New England’s foremost regional news source dedicated to providing in-depth coverage in breaking news, sports, business, lifestyle, and arts. With a mission to provide truth and accountability, both in print and on BostonGlobe.com, the Globe is the epitome of premium journalism, winning 26 Pulitzer Prizes over the past 50 years.

About The Horn Book

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 Journal, School Library Journal, and Junior Library Guild.


The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors were announced — via video for the first time! — on June 2nd, 2016. For reviews of the picture book and fiction winners and more, click on the tag bghb16.

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