Blog: Winners of the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards


The winners and honor books for the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have been announced.Celebrating its 45th year, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners and two Honor Books are selected in each of three categories.

The awards will be presented at the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Ceremony in Boston on September 28. The winners will receive a cash prize and an engraved silver bowl, and honor recipients will receive an engraved silver plate.


  • Book:No Crystal Stair
  • Book:Life: An Exploded Diagram
  • Book:Code Name Verity


  • Book:Chuck Close: Face Book
  • Book:Georgia in Hawaii
  • Book:The Elephant Scientist

Picture Book

  • Book:Extra Yarn
  • Book:And Then It's Spring
  • Book:And the Soldiers Sang

The judges:

  • chair Thom Barthelmess, curator and lecturer, Butler Children’s Literature Center, Dominican University (Chicago, IL)
  • Lauren Adams, high school English teacher and former The Horn Book editor
  • Megan Lambert, instructor at The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College (Boston, MA).


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Book:No Crystal Stair

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R. Gregory Christie