The 2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Logo: The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards

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 in chief of the Horn Book.  To learn more about the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and see past winners, visit the Boston Globe-Horn Awards website.


 

Picture Book Winner

Book cover: I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith

I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith

 

Picture Book Honor Books

Book cover: I Am Every Good Thing written by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James Book cover: Watercress written by Andrea Wang; illustrated by Jason Chin

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

Watercress by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin


 

Fiction & Poetry Award Winner

Book cover: A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Fiction & Poetry Honor Books

Book cover: Punching the Air written by Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam; illustrated by Omar T. Pasha Book cover: Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yuself Salaam, illustrated by Omar T. Pasha

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


 

Nonfiction Award Winner

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry by Paula Yoo

 

Nonfiction Honor Books

Book cover: Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre written by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Floyd Cooper Book cover: All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat


 

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