On Wednesday, May 29, the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the awards, they celebrate excellence in children’s and young adult literature. Awards are given in three categories – picture book, fiction and poetry, and nonfiction. My writing buddy Traci Sorrell’s book is among the picture book honor titles. Woo-hoo!
I’ll go through the books by category with comments here and there.
PICTURE BOOK WINNER:
The Patchwork Bike written by Maxine Beneba Clarke; illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd (Candlewick)
PICTURE BOOK HONOR BOOKS:
Dreamers written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga written by Traci Sorell; illustrated by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge)
The Horn Book awards always manage to slip in a number of books I’ve never read. Of these three, I know We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga because it is written by Traci. If you haven’t read this book, check it out. It is getting a lot of press and recognition and it is easy to see why which really makes me want to read the other two in this category. I will be heading to my library.
FICTION AND POETRY WINNER:
The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)
FICTION AND POETRY HONOR
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Dial Books/Penguin Random House)
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
This group is completely unread by me although I know about the winner. I’ve been waiting for the wait-lists to die down before I request these titles. I love it when the intended audience has the book checked out every time I go to the library!
This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
NONFICTION HONOR BOOKS:
Hey, Kiddo written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Graphix/Scholastic)
Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born written by Miranda Paul; illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)
From this group, I’ve read Hey, Kiddo and loved it. I’m interested in writing nonfiction graphic novels so this one was naturally high on my “must read” list. I think I was the first person to check out the book. I haven’t seen This Promise of Change in the library so I’ll have to put in a request. And I’m really looking forward to Nine Months because I love Jason Chin’s illustrations.
Like Roger Sutton, The Horn Book editor-in-chief, I’m impressed by the diversity of these titles. These are books that should be in our libraries and on our classroom bookshelves. Me? I’m off to make a group of requests. If we have the books, I’m going to stop waiting and put them on hold. If we don’t have them? I’m going to put in a request to purchase. “Because it is on the recent Horn Book award list” seems like a great reason to buy!