Readers of Calling Caldecott — and all my students — will understand my joy at hearing the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announced Saturday. FINALLY some award love for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!
Being on the BGHB committee is a unique experience. The judges are responsible for knowing about ALL the children’s books published in a 12-month period, not just picture books or fiction or nonfiction as with the ALA awards. But at the same time, the three-person committee streamlines the process and allows for email discussions and sitting-in-someone’s-living-room discussions that just don’t work with a 15-member committee. Congratulations to judges Nina Lindsay, Claire Gross, and Amy Pattee. Well done!
I hope you will all check out these books and read them over the next few months if you haven’t already. And you should STRONGLY consider coming to the Horn Book at Simmons colloquium in the fall. It’s a one-day conference the day after the BGHB awards and always features the winners and the award judges. Since we only just learned who won, Katrina and Roger are still working on the details, but you can save the date now: October 11, 2014. Here’s a link to last year’s program to give you a general idea. As you can see, it’s a great conference for working teachers — and anyone who loves children’s books.