Since 1967, The Boston Globe and The Horn Book, Inc. have co-sponsored the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for excellence in literature for children and young adults. The awards are considered among the most prestigious in the United States. A committee comprised of three professionals involved in the field of children's literature evaluates thousands of submissions from US publishers to select winners in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction.
The following list shows the winners for Nonfiction.


2002 Elizabeth Partridge This Land Was Made for You and Me: Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie 
2001 Joan Dash The Longitude Prize
2000 Marc Aronson Sir Walter Raleigh and the Quest for El Dorado
1999 Steve Jenkins The Top of the World
1998 Leon Walter Tillage Leon's Story
1997 Walter Wick A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder
1996 Andrea Warren Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story
1995 Natalie C. Bober Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution 
1994 Russell Freedman Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
1993 Patricia C. & Frederick McKissack Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman
1992 Pat Cummings Talking with Artists
1991 Cynthia Rylant Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds
1990 Jean Fritz The Great Little Madison
1989 David Macaulay The Way Things Work
1988 Virginia Hamilton Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave
1987 Marcia Sewall Pilgrims of Plimoth
1986 Peggy Thomson Auks, Rocks and the Odd Dinosaur: Inside Stories from the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History
1985 Rhoda Blumberg Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun
1984 Jean Fritz The Double Life of Pocahontas
1983 Daniel S. Davis Behind Barbed Wire: The Imprisonment of Japanese Americans During World War II
1982 Aranka Siegal Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944
1981 Karthryn Lasky The Weaver's Gift
1980 Mario Salvadori Building: The Fight Against Gravity
1979 David Kherdian The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl
1978 Ilse Koehn Mischling, Second Degree: My Childhood in Nazi Germany
1977 Peter Dickinson Chance, Luck and Destiny
1976 Alfred Tamarin & Shirley Glubok Voyaging to Cathay: Americans in the China Trade