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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, 2016

The winners and honor titles are now public!!!  Watch the video announcement here!



The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge


The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Picture Books


Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo


One Day, The End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories by Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Fred Koehler
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales



Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin


Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Having read a host of titles this year, I can vouch for the excellence and brilliance of each and every one of our final selected titles. I couldn’t have been prouder or more grateful to having served on this committee. Hope more readers will discover/rediscover these books!

Below are many other titles that I would also highly recommend to readers, by categories:


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Bardugo, Leigh: Six of Crows
Brown, Peter: The Wild Robot
DeStefano, Lauren: A Curious Tale of the In-Between
Fogliano, Julie: When Green Becomes Tomatoes
Lu, Marie: Rose Society
Nelson, Marilyn: My Seneca Village
Oppel, Kenneth: The Nest
Reynolds, Jason & Brendan Kiely: All American Boys
Riordan, Rick: Sword of Summer
Rundell, Katherine: Wolf Wilder
Savit, Gavriel: Anna and the Swallow Man
Selznick, Brian: Marvels
Sepetys, Ruta: Salt to the Sea

Picture Books:

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Atinuke: Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!
Barnett, Mac: Leo: A Ghost Story
Buitrago, Jairo: Two White Rabbits
Daywalt, Drew: The Day the Crayons Came Home
Fan, Terry & Eric Fan: The Night Gardener
Goodrich, Carter: We Forgot Brock
Henkes, Kevin: Waiting
Hurley, Jorey: Hop
Jenkins, Emily: Toys Meet Snow
Joyce, William: Billy’s Booger
Light, Steve: Swap
Miyakoshi, Akiko: The Tea Party in the Woods
Miyares, Daniel: Float
Nelson, Vaunda: The Book Itch
Park, Linda Su: Yaks Yak
Smith, Lane: There Is a Tribe of Kids
Stead, Philip C: Ideas Are All Around
Tate, Don: Poet
Weatherford, Carole Boston: Freedom in Congo Square
Yoon, Salina: Be A Friend



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Bartoletti, Susan Campbell: Terrible Typhoid Mary
Brown, Don: Drowned City
Engle, Margarita: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Freedman, Russell: We Will Not Be Silent
Hendrix, John: The Miracle Man
Murphy, Jim: Breakthrough
Pinkney, Andrea Davis: Rhythm Ride
Samanci, Ozge: Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey
Silverberg, Cory: Sex is a Funny Word
Tonatiuh, Duncan: Funny Bones
Turner, Pamela S.: Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune



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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: We Made Our Selections!

For the last many months, Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Chair Joanna Rudge Long, fellow committee member Betsy Bird, and I, have been reading and communicating electronically about excellent books for young readers published between June 1st, 2015 and May 31st, 2016.  This past weekend, we finally met face to face and discussed our nominated titles for these three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book. For each category, we were to select one winner and up to two honor books.

On Saturday afternoon, we started with 50 nominated titles.  (Selected from more than a thousand submitted titles.)  Discussions went smoothly but like all book selection committees, some compromises must be made — and some strong opinions were shared!

By the end of the evening, we managed to talk about every single title, expressing our appreciations: from superb character development, to excellent presentation of complex historical accounts, to a particularly delightful visual surprise, and also voicing critical evaluations: be it a weak link in the plot progression, a slightly less affecting tone in a nonfiction narrative, or a layout that could have been more fluid and supportive of the text.  We agreed on which titles to eliminate from our final discussions and brought down the number of book for further discussion to below 30.

Sunday was devoted to making tough decisions.

For each category, we figured out a different way to further narrow down our choices.  Once we reduced the number of contenders even more (after careful consideration,) we could allot more time for in-depth and rigorous discourses on each title most likely to receive the award. Professionalism, courtesy, and plenty of humor marked our work together.  By the end of the day, we had our winners and honor titles for all of the categories!

Did we initially all agree on the final choices?  Of course not!  But did we come to consensus and will we support our choices as a team?  You betcha!  I feel grateful to have had the opportunity working with these two thoughtful and knowledgeable literary critics who helped me see certain aspects of many books that I didn’t notice before and who also listened attentively to my views on many titles. All three of us changed our minds multiple times to serve the communal goal.

The perfect team work was made even better by the hospitality of our hosts: Joanna and her husband Norwood.  They opened their home to Betsy and me and cooked every meal for us.  I loved every book discussion, every casual chat, every short hike, and every bite of all the meals this weekend! And I will never forget Brym for being a perfect, quiet, and gentle companion!

Here are a few photos to commemorate this occurrence — (I didn’t take pictures of the books that we discussed but will share some of my favorites after the official announcement is made this coming Thursday – June 2nd.)










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