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Kristy Pasquariello

Staff Writer

Kristy Pasquariello loves Little Women and Doctor Who with equal fervor. A children’s librarian and former (recovering) archivist, Kristy lives in a tiny town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with two kids, two cats, one husband and a gazillion books. When she’s not singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider to a group of babies (#bestjobever), Kristy writes reviews for children’s books at the Horn Book Guide and School Library Journal. For a list of book prescriptions, check out her blog at Twitter: @kristysp

The 2016 Boston Globe – Horn Book Award winners were announced Thursday, June 2 . A prestigious honor in the worlds of KidLit and Young Adult Literature, these awards are chosen annually by an independent panel of three judges picked by Horn Book Magazine Editor-in-Chief Roger Sutton. The awards, which were first given in 1967, honor and recognize excellence in writing for children and young adults.  The Horn Book Magazine was created in 1924 to celebrate the best in children’s literature.

One winner and two honor books were named in the following categories:


Honor Books

SymphonyCityDeadSymphony for the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostokovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson.

voice of freedom by carole boston weatherford
Voice of Freedom: Fanny Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carol Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes.




Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam WarMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin.







Honor Books

The Hired GirlThe Hired Girl
by Laura Amy Schlitz







Goodbye StrangerGoodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead








The Lie TreeThe Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge







Picture Books

Honor Books

One Day, The EndOne day, The End. : Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories






Thunder Boy JR Sherman Alexie Yuyi MoralesThunder Boy Jr By Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Illustrated by Fred Koehler







Jazz Day book by Roxane OrgillJazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photographby Roxanne Orgill. Illustrated by Francis Vallejo.






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