Hot off the presses! The 2014 Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards have been announced. Many thanks to Sam Bloom for the scoop.
Fiction honors: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein; Boxers+Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Fiction winner: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
I get the feeling this is just the first of many awards coming for Grasshopper Jungle, a book that I’ve heard nothing but praise for (and a book that I gotta finally get my hands on).
Nonfiction honors: The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins; Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Nonfiction winner: Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
One of the fun parts of this award is that the window of eligibility runs from June 1 to May 31, meaning that books I might have put in the (mentally) filed away 2013 folder pop up to do battle against 2014 titles. The Animal Book did that for me – great to see that excellent book get some more attention.
Picture Book honors: Knock Knock by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier; Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Picture Book winner: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Knock Knock deserves all the accolades it can get – I’m happy to see it here. And how about Mr. Tiger, eh? I love that it took top honors.
Any thoughts out there?