Candace Fleming accepts her 2009 award for nonfiction from Roger Sutton. Photo by
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. On occasion, a book will receive
a special citation for its high quality and overall creative excellence.
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 of the Horn Book.