2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners Revealed

By Jason Boog Comment

The winners of the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were revealed, honoring the best children’s picture book, fiction and and nonfiction for the year.

Building our House written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean won the picture book award.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell won the fiction award. Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Robert Byrd won the nonfiction award.

We’ve included all the honor winners below. The judges included Horn Book reviewer Sarah Ellis, children’s librarian Pamela Yosca and retired school librarian Karen Kosko.

The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton had this comment:

The Boston Globe-Horn Book awards have always had an independent spirit and this year is no different … Each of the judges brings a unique perspective on children’s literature, which combined always makes for a wonderful variety and high quality of winners and honor books and almost always provides us with a few surprises as well.

Open this Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Books)

Black Dog written and illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press)


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House Books for Young Readers)

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.)


Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building written and illustrated by Christy Hale (Lee & Low Books)

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group)