|2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature|
May 31, 2013 By Horn Book
Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winning author Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me, Random House) announced the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners.
“The Boston Globe-Horn Book awards have always had an independent spirit and this year is no different,” said Sutton. “Each of the judges brings a unique perspective on children’s literature, which combined always makes for a wonderful variety and high quality of winners and honor books and almost always provides us with a few surprises as well.”
Celebrating its 46th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Winners and two Honor Books are selected in each of three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.
PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:
Building Our House written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (Farrar Straus and Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan)
Drawing on childhood memories from his own family’s house construction, Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. A little girl narrates, and her childlike voice provides an immediacy that removes any hint of nostalgia. She relates her contributions not as they are but as she perceives them in all their exaggerated glory; illustrations tell a different tale.
FICTION AWARD WINNER:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin an imprint of Macmillan)
It’s the start of a new school year in 1986 Omaha when sophomores Eleanor and Park meet for the first time on the bus. They are an unusual pair: she’s the new girl in town, an ostracized, bullied “big girl” with bright red curly hair, freckles, and an odd wardrobe; he’s a skinny half-Korean townie who mostly wears black and tries to stay out of the spotlight. But as they sit together on the school bus every day, an intimacy gradually develops between them.
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Robert Byrd (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group)
With a jacket showing Benjamin Franklin as a cross between a mad scientist and a superhero standing amid wild lightning bolts and surrounded by all manner of electrical devices, this book shimmers with excitement, begging to be read. Byrd divides Franklin’s life into seventeen often whimsically labeled double-page spreads, highlighting his scientific, literary, and political endeavors in a fresh new way.
PICTURE BOOK HONOR WINNERS:
• Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Books)
• Black Dog written and illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press)
FICTION HONOR WINNERS:
• Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House Books for Young Readers)
• A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.)
NONFICTION HONOR WINNERS:
• Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building written and illustrated by Christy Hale (Lee & Low Books)
• Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
Previous winners include luminaries Ezra Jack Keats (1970, Picture Book Award Winner), David Macaulay (1989, Nonfiction Award Winner), Lois Lowry (1987 Fiction Award Winner, 1993 Fiction Honor Winner) and Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, 2012 Picture Book Award Winners for Extra Yarn. More information can be found by visiting the awards website: www.hbook.com/boston-globe-horn-book-awards.
The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Mr. Sutton. The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards judges are: Chair, Sarah Ellis, Horn Book reviewer, author and teacher at The Vermont College of Fine Arts (Vancouver, B.C.); Pamela Yosca, children’s librarian and library consultant at MATCH Charter Public High School (Jamaica Plain, MA); Karen Kosko, retired school librarian (Cambridge, MA).
The winning titles must be published in the United States, but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.
The awards will be given at the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Ceremony, a part of The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium (October 4 and 5, 2013) at Simmons College in Boston, MA. The event kicks off with the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony with speeches from the awardees, followed by an autographing session and a celebratory evening reception. The following day, The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium features the award winners and honorees in talks, panel discussions and small group sessions offering librarians, educators and children’s literature professionals a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. For more information, please click here.
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Open This Little Book
By Jesse Klausmeier
Illustrated by Suzy Lee
The Horn Book Magazine
“This ode to books and reading (is) a delight to open and pore over.”—The Horn Book Magazine
Lively art and text come together with clever design to make this ode to books and reading a delight to open and pore over. Each page turn reveals the cover of a smaller book of a different color with the tantalizing beginnings of a snowballing story on its flipside: “Open this…Little Red Book [page turn] and read about a Ladybug, who opens a…Little Green Book.” As the “books” and pages get smaller, the animals we read about get larger, from ladybug to frog to rabbit to bear to giant. The giant, who is so large that readers can only see her blue fingers, brings this tension of sizes to a halt. Too big to open her very tiny book, she must rely on her animal friends to help get to the story inside. From then on, each page turn closes one of the books until the end reveals a full-size picture of a colorful tree house bursting with books and readers coaxing us all to “open another!” Art done with pencil and watercolor and manipulated digitally uses plenty of white space and bright colors to create a clean layout, allowing the tiny details to pop from this special package.