Thursday, July 3, 2008

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Have you heard of The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards? They’ve recognized excellence in children’s and young adult literature since 1967.

Dude, that’s a long time.

This is a really prestigious award, but it sure does have a funky name!

It turns out that like 300 hundred years ago kids didn’t have books (aaaaaaaaaah!!!); the monks taught them with a wooden paddle that had an alphabet and a verse glued to the surface. It got the name hornbook because a piece of transparent horn protected the verse.


Anyways, here are the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners:

Nonfiction: The Wall by Peter Sis

Fiction and Poetry: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney

Picture Book: At Night by Jonathan Bean

Special Citation: The Arrival by Shaun Tan by Shaun Tan

Be sure to check out the cool author websites and the past winners, too.

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