2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announced

The winners of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards are Saturday by Oge Mora, King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, and Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan.

In a streamed video announcement as part of the virtual SLJ Day of Dialog, the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced by Horn Book editor-in-chief Roger Sutton. The awards recognize titles in three categories: picture books, fiction and poetry, and nonfiction.

The 2020 winners and honor books are:


Picture Book

Winner: Saturday by Oge Mora 

Honors: Birdsong by Julie Flett

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe


Fiction and Poetry

Winner: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Honors: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller



Winner: Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

Honors: Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear & illus. by Julie Morstad

First awarded in 1967, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards honor excellence in literature for children and young adults. Its annual awards recognize books published from June 1 to May 31.

The 2020 awards ceremony will be in October, and Sutton announced that it will take place done virtually, “which is sad, but means you all can attend," he said. "I hope to see you there."

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