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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature 2013

Celebrating its 46th 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: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. The winners are listed below, but you can view the whole list of winners and honors here.

BuildingPicture Book Winner: Building Our House by Jonathan Bean

In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. This is Jonathan Bean’s retelling of his own family’s true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author’s collection. Learn more and order here.

Fiction Winner: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RoswellEleanor Park

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under. Learn more and order here

Electric BenNonfiction Winner: Electric Ben by Robert Byrd

A true Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin was the first American celebrity. In pictures and text, master artist Robert Byrd documents Franklin’s numerous and diverse accomplishments, from framing the Constitution to creating bifocals. The witty, wise, and endlessly curious Franklin is the perfect subject for Byrd’s lively style and vibrant art. The pages pulse with facts, quotes, and captions, while the inventive design and intricately detailed illustrations make a striking tribute to the brilliant American. Learn more and order here.

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