2024 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners Announced

This year's Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners include Do You Remember? by Sydney Smith, Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson, The Mona Lisa Vanishes by Nicholas Day, and Kin: Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford.

The 2024 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced this week, honoring books in three categories—Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction/Poetry. The winning titles must be first U.S. editions of books published between June 2023 and May 2024, but may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.

The Picture Book winner is Do You Remember? by Sydney Smith (Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Holiday House). Two Picture Book honor titles were selected: I’m From by Gary R. Gray, Jr., illus. by Oge Mora (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers); and Ode to a Bad Day by Chelsea Lin Wallace, illus. by Hyewon Yum (Chronicle Books).

The Fiction winner is Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House).

The two Fiction honor books are The Blood Years by Elana K. Arnold (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) and Rez Ball by Byron Graves (Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers).

For the Nonfiction/Poetry category, judges chose two separate winners.

The Nonfiction Award winner is The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity by Nicholas Day, illus. by Brett Helquist (Random House Studio, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House). The Poetry winner is Kin: Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Jeffery Boston Weatherford (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division).

One honor book was selected for Nonfiction/Poetry: Fungi Grow by Maria Gianferrari, illus. by Diana Sudyka (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division).

A Special Citation was awarded to The New Brownies’ Book: A Love Letter to Black Families by Karida L. Brown and Charly Palmer (Chronicle Books). It was the first time since 2008 that the judges presented a Special Citation.

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were selected by an independent panel of three judges appointed by The Horn Book editor in chief Elissa Gershowitz. This year’s judges were: chair Cathryn Mercier, graduate program director of children’s literature at Simmons University in Boston, MA; Katrina Hedeen Eftekhari, former editor at The Horn Book and a children's librarian at the Medfield (MA) Public Library; and Rodney Fierce, a humanities teacher at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, CA.

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