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Established in 1967, the Horn Book Awards are a significant award for children's and young adult literature. Winners (and honours) are awarded for three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.

Titles must be published in the United States, but may be written by authors of any country.

The Horn Book Awards are related to The Horn Book (children's book review magazine), established in 1924.

Only Australian winners and honours are indexed in AustLit.

Latest Winners / Recipients

2008 (Special Citation for Excellence in Graphic Storytelling) y separately published work icon The Arrival Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), South Melbourne : Lothian , 2006 Z1285263 2006 single work graphic novel children's (taught in 16 units)

"The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope." (Source: Shaun Tan website)

2002 winner (Best Picture Book) y separately published work icon Let's Get a Pup Bob Graham , Bob Graham (illustrator), Sydney : Walker Books Australia , 2001 Z925189 2001 single work picture book children's

"When Kate and her parents visit the animal shelter, an adorable puppy charms them, but it is very hard to leave an older dog behind." (Source: Trove)

1984 winner (Fiction Award) y separately published work icon A Little Fear Patricia Wrightson , Richmond London : Hutchinson Australia , 1983 Z312060 1983 single work children's fiction children's

A strong-minded old woman struggles with an ancient gnome-like creature for the right to live in the small cottage that she has just bought, on land that the Njimbin has occupied for centuries.

1982 winner y separately published work icon Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park , Melbourne : Nelson , 1980 Z47803 1980 single work novel young adult fantasy (taught in 5 units) When Abigail joins in the game of Beatie Bow she is transported back in time to a Sydney of the late 19th century where she meets the Bow family, whose fate she can predict, but which she is powerless to change.

Works About this Award

Special Citations Anita Silvey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , January/February vol. 85 no. 1 2009; (p. 35-40)