Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

The 2011 BGHB winners are:

Winner: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)

Honor: Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial)
Honor: Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke (Kane Miller)

Winner: The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)

Honor: Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross, illustrated by Stephen Biesty (Candlewick)
Honor: Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Vicky White (Candlewick)

Picture Book
Winner: Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor (Houghton)

Honor: Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by
Rick Allen (Houghton)
Honor Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

[Go here for the complete press release.] Judged by Jennifer Brabander (chair), Robin Brenner, and Dean Schneider, the BGHB Awards will be awarded on Friday evening, September 30th, 2011 at a ceremony at Simmons College. The following day, we will again present The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, led by me and Cathie Mercier, Associate Dean and Director of the Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature, and featuring this year's winners with presentations, conversations, and workshops. You can sign up now.


Ashley W. said...

Yeah, Pocketful of Posies! I LOVE this book and its gorgeous illustrations. So glad to see it at the top of the heap.

Elizabeth Fama said...

Woot! Franny!

Anonymous said...

Hey Roger-- One of these days shouldn't I be part of the judging, since I write the monthly children's book column for the Boston Globe?

Or does my other hat as children's book author (Tyrannosaurus Dad, this year) preclude me?

Congratulations on another rich and eclectic list.


Liz Rosenberg

Roger Sutton said...

The only connection with the Globe is historical--the Globe hasn't contributed to or covered the event in years.

Kai said...

Congratulations to the winners.

Roger, what do you guys do with all those books that were submitted?

Roger Sutton said...

Kai, any submitted books become the property of the judges to dispose of as they please--I know Jen has given bunches to the various schools and programs her kids are in.

Robin Brenner said...

Kai, if you're curious -- as a librarian, I'm donating them all to local library collections and for summer reading prizes!

Anonymous said...

Do I remember that Pecan Pie, Baby was Peanut Butter Pie, once? Or have I been hallucinating?

Million Book Read said...

Congrats to the winners! Great books to be read and shared.

Ed Spicer said...

I love seeing Anna Hibiscus on this list! Excellent book (and I am still sorry that it did not make the Notables list).

Ed Spicer

Elissa said...

Anonymous 8:18, are you thinking of Toni and Slade Morrison's Peeny Butter Fudge?

Anonymous said...

Oh, yes! That's it. Too bad, I thought maybe someone had comet to their senses.

Anon 8:18

Melinda said...


Anonymous said...


I don't understand.

Roger Sutton said...

Perhaps Anon 8:18 was suggesting that the BGHB jury recognized the brilliance (overlooked by me) that is Peeny-Butter Fudge, but I took it to mean that she was hoping that book's publisher had come to its senses and changed the title. The title has not changed and neither has that book, another exercise in vanity publishing.

Elissa said...

"Yummy, lummy. Yummy, lummy. / So much happy in the tummy."

-Toni Morrison

Ferron Simuke said...

Congratulations to the winners. All of the awards are well deserved.
Maybe some day we will be see Ira Teller's name on that list. His word has been grossly under-appreciated. I forsee Control Switch On gaining a formidable readership in the near future.

KT Horning said...

Elissa: that was a Top 40 hit for the 1910 Fruitgum Company in 1968.

Melinda said...
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Anonymous said...

We should see if we can address that sometime, Roger. Let me approach my editor at the Globe if you are interested. It seems strange to have the connection be in the title of the awards only. --Liz (it comes out anonymous because I can't for the life of me figure out how to sign in)

Yahong Chi said...

YAY for Blink & Caution!