First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, 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 and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category. The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges who are annually appointed by the Editor of the Horn Book.
This year’s winners:
Honor Books: Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Dial/Penguin Random House); On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
Honor Books: Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Graphix/Scholastic); Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Holiday House)
Honor Books: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Holiday House); We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge)