Boston Globe Horn Book Awards

Presenting the 2021 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winners and Honorees

PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:
I Talk like a River written by Jordan Scott; illustrated by Sydney Smith (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)

FICTION AND POETRY AWARD WINNER:
A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia (Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins)

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 (Norton Young Readers)

 

PICTURE BOOK HONOR BOOKS:
I Am Every Good Thing written by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House)
Watercress written by Andrea Wang; illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)
 
FICTION AND POETRY HONOR BOOKS:
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)
Punching the Air written by Ibi Zoboi with Yusef Salaam; illustrated by Omar T. Pasha (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
 
NONFICTION HONOR BOOKS:
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick Press)
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre written by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner)

 

 

I Talk Like a River Cover Image
By Jordan Scott, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823445592
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 1st, 2020

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner

 
What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to?
 
Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.


A Sitting in St. James Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780062367297
Published: Quill Tree Books - May 25th, 2021

Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award!


From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324002871
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Published: Norton Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

Winner of the 2021 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Nonfiction

Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Finalist for the 2022 YALSA Award for Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction

An NPR Best Book of 2021

A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2021

A Time Young Adult Best Book of 2021


I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. A perfect gift for any special occasion!

I am
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.


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Watercress Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446247
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Published: Neal Porter Books - March 30th, 2021

Caldecott Medal Winner
Newbery Honor Book
APALA Award Winner
 
Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese Heritage.
 
New England Book Award Winner
A New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book


Fighting Words Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984815705
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Published: Dial Books - August 10th, 2021

*Newbery Honor Book*
*Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor*
 
A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by two-time Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War that Saved My Life

Kirkus Prize Finalist
Boston Globe Best Book of the Year


Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

New York Times and USA Today bestseller * Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor * Walter Award Winner * Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year * Time Magazine Best Book of the Year * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * School Library Journal 


All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536209457
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

Winner of the 2021 Kirkus Prize for Young People's Literature
A 2021 Newbery Honor Book
A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A 2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

A 2021 Orbis Pictus Honor Book


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

Longlisted for the National Book Award

A Kirkus Prize Finalist

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

A must-have--Booklist (starred review)