The Boston Globe and Horn Book announced their 2009 Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature today. Presented annually since 1967, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards reward excellence in children’s and young adult literature and are given in three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book. The 2009 winners are:
Fiction and Poetry
Nation by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade/Random House)
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Clarion)
Two honor books were also named in each category, and the NCBLA is thrilled that the work of two of our distinguished board members--M. T. Anderson and David Macaulay--was selected for this honor! Anderson's novel The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves was selected along with Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book for Fiction and Poetry honors. Macaulay's The Way We Work (written with Richard Walker and illustrated by David Macaulay) was selected for Nonfiction honors, along with Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone.Congratulations to all the winners for this exceptional honor!
To learn more about this year's winners and their books, please visit the Horn Book website.
To learn more about the NCBLA, please visit thencbla.org.
You may also want to check out our educational website ourwhitehouse.org.
The website ourwhitehouse.org provides a treasure trove of supplemental primary and secondary source material for our printed art and literature anthology for readers of all ages titled Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. Be sure to read "The Back Story – Creating the Cover: David Macaulay’s Preliminary Sketches" on ourwhitehouse.org. And pick up a copy of the book, available in libraries and bookstores everywhere, so you can read M. T. Anderson's story of ghosts haunting the White House in his informative and humorous piece, "The House Haunts."