June 19, 2018

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2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announced

The 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced Thursday, May 31. The prestigious awards for excellence in children’s and young adult literature named one winner and two honor books in each of three categories.

The winners are:

Picture Book Award: They Say Blue written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Picture Book Honor Books: When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson and A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

Fiction and Poetry Award: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Fiction and Poetry Honor Books: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson and The First Rule of Punk written and illustrated by Celia C. Pérez

Nonfiction Award: Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

Nonfiction Honor Books: A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman, illustrated by Isabel Greenberg and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

The winning titles must be published in the United States, but writers and illustrators do not have to be U.S. citizens.

“Now this is diversity with a small and capital D!,” Roger Sutton, editor in chief of the Horn Book, said in a statement. “I’d like to thank the judges for their discriminating choices and commitment to finding ‘excellence’—the only criterion used by the BGHB Awards—among the vast number of nominations.”

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges were Horn Book associate editor Katie Bircher, children’s book author and reviewer Minh Lê, and Cambridgeport Elementary School librarian and founder of the Cambridge (MA) Book Bike Liz Phipps Soeiro.

The awards ceremony will be held Friday, October 5, at Simmons College in Boston.

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