Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 2008

Here they are, the winners of the 2008 Boston Globe Horn Book Awards.

Nonfiction: The Wall, by Peter Sis, published by Foster/Farrar.
Honor Books: Frogs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic) and What to Do about Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic)

Fiction: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney (Little, Brown)
Honor Books: Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell (Atheneum) and Savvy by Ingrid Law (Walden/Dial)

Picture Books: At Night by Jonathan Bean (Farrar)
Honor Books: Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (Little, Brown) and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee (Harcourt)

Special Citation, for excellence in graphic storytelling: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Levine/Scholastic)

Read the press release for complete details.


Robin said...

Bravo! Brava!

I could not be happier, especially the fantastic picture book selections. Congratulations to the committee on their excellent choices. I know it's a lot of work and the decision is grueling.

Please explain the special citation award. Has that happened before?

Also, everyone should read Shooting the Moon. It's a special book. Sometimes I think I like books about Army brats because I was one...but this one is s gentle book important especially today. And, if you missed her Dovey it too!

Again, thanks for this wonderful list, Lolly, John and Terri.

Roger Sutton said...

The special citation has been given five times previously in the BGHB's forty-year history: Changing City and Changing Countryside by Jorg Mueller, Graham Oakley's Magical Changes, Tana Hoban's 1,2,3, Nancy Ekholm Burkert's Valentine & Orson, and Peter Sis's Tibet. What these books seem to have in common is innovation in form (Magical Changes is a toy book, for example) or genre (both the Burkert and the Sis blur all kinds of boundaries). Is The Arrival a picture book or fiction? Does fiction need to have words? It is questions like those that make me glad for the "special citation" loophole. I guess it's an award for a book all the judges agree is great, even when they don't know exactly what it's being great at.

Anonymous said...

The Arrival is a picture book, of course. Why was that even an issue? Just because it's a picture book aimed at an older audience? Pfffft.

Melinda said...

So I suppose that means that Superman comics are all picture books. And so is Maus by Art Spiegelman. Because, like, they all have pictures.

I'm afraid there's a difference. The Arrival has a much different audience, purpose, and form compared to, say, Where the Wild Things Are.

Just my .02.

Roger Sutton said...

Heck, I know people who say a picture book is thirty-two pages. Other people say Hugo Cabret is a picture book, and we know how calmly that definition was received.

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Lisa said...

We read several of these in my YA lit class last spring and the college students loved them!
I headed to my first ALA Convention and can't wait to see all of books!