In their 50th year, the annual prizes honoring excellence in children’s literature were announced via video Thursday by Horn Book editor Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Globe.
In fiction, top honors went to Frances Hardinge’s Victorian murder mystery “The Lie Tree’’ and the nonfiction award went to Steve Sheinkin’s “Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War.’’ The top picture book was “Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph,’’ Roxane Orgill’s series of poetic sketches revolving around an iconic 1958 image published in Esquire magazine. The book was illustrated by Francis Vallejo.
Sutton said that this year’s winners reflected “a range of both big and small-d diversity, with choices reflecting intimate moments of contemporary child life as well as larger themes drawn from US and world history.”
Pizzuti Henry offered her congratulations to the authors, noting that the Globe was proud of its connection to the program as it views the promotion of excellence in the arts and letters nationally as part of its mission.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Sept. 30 at Simmons College.
Watch the announcement here:
The full list of winners and honorees:
NONFICTION AWARD WINNER:
“Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War” by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan)
NONFICTION HONOR BOOKS:
“Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad” by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick Press)
“Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes (Candlewick Press)
FICTION AWARD WINNER:
“The Lie Tree” by Frances Hardinge (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams)
FICTION HONOR BOOKS:
“The Hired Girl” by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick Press)
“Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House)
PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:
“Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph” written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo (Candlewick Press)
PICTURE BOOK HONOR BOOKS:
“Thunder Boy Jr.” written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“One Day, the End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories” written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Fred Koehler (Boyds Mills Press)
Paul Makishima is the book editor. He can be reached at email@example.com.