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>Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 2008

Here they are, the winners of the 2008 Boston Globe Horn Book Awards.

Nonfiction: The Wall, by Peter Sis, published by Foster/Farrar.
Honor Books: Frogs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic) and What to Do about Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic)

Fiction: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney (Little, Brown)
Honor Books: Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell (Atheneum) and Savvy by Ingrid Law (Walden/Dial)

Picture Books: At Night by Jonathan Bean (Farrar)
Honor Books: Fred Stays with Me! by Nancy Coffelt, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (Little, Brown) and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee (Harcourt)

Special Citation, for excellence in graphic storytelling: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Levine/Scholastic)

Read the press release for complete details.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Bravo! Brava!

    I could not be happier, especially the fantastic picture book selections. Congratulations to the committee on their excellent choices. I know it’s a lot of work and the decision is grueling.

    Please explain the special citation award. Has that happened before?

    Also, everyone should read Shooting the Moon. It’s a special book. Sometimes I think I like books about Army brats because I was one…but this one is s gentle book important especially today. And, if you missed her Dovey Coe…read it too!

    Again, thanks for this wonderful list, Lolly, John and Terri.

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >The special citation has been given five times previously in the BGHB’s forty-year history: Changing City and Changing Countryside by Jorg Mueller, Graham Oakley’s Magical Changes, Tana Hoban’s 1,2,3, Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s Valentine & Orson, and Peter Sis’s Tibet. What these books seem to have in common is innovation in form (Magical Changes is a toy book, for example) or genre (both the Burkert and the Sis blur all kinds of boundaries). Is The Arrival a picture book or fiction? Does fiction need to have words? It is questions like those that make me glad for the “special citation” loophole. I guess it’s an award for a book all the judges agree is great, even when they don’t know exactly what it’s being great at.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >The Arrival is a picture book, of course. Why was that even an issue? Just because it’s a picture book aimed at an older audience? Pfffft.

  4. Melinda says:

    >So I suppose that means that Superman comics are all picture books. And so is Maus by Art Spiegelman. Because, like, they all have pictures.

    I’m afraid there’s a difference. The Arrival has a much different audience, purpose, and form compared to, say, Where the Wild Things Are.

    Just my .02.

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >Heck, I know people who say a picture book is thirty-two pages. Other people say Hugo Cabret is a picture book, and we know how calmly that definition was received.

  6. >We read several of these in my YA lit class last spring and the college students loved them!
    I headed to my first ALA Convention and can’t wait to see all of books!

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