Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2008 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards
for Excellence in Children’s Literature Announced!!

Presented annually since 1967, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are customarily given in three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Picture Book, and Nonfiction. This year, as happens occasionally, the judges also awarded a Special Citation. The 2008 winners and honor books are:

For nonfiction:
The Wall by Peter Sís (Foster/Farrar), the winner.

Frogs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic), honor book.
What to Do About Alice?
by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic), honor book.

For fiction and poetry:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney (Little), the winner.

Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell (Atheneum), fiction honor book.
Savvy by Ingrid Law (Walden/Dial), poetry honor book.

For picture books:
At Night by Jonathan Bean (Farrar)

Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (Little)
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
by Marla Frazee (Harcourt)

And a special citation to: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Levine/Scholastic)

The Boston Globe- Horn Book Awards were first presented in 1967. They are customarily announced in June, and are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category. On occasion, a book will receive a special citation for its high quality and overall creative excellence. The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges who are annually appointed by the Editor of the Horn Book.

For more information about this year’s award winners go to:

For more information about The Horn Book Magazine an excellent source of information about literacy and books for young people for parents, teachers, and librarians go to: