The three books featured today were easy to choose because they are the winners of the 2010 Boston Globe- Horn Book Awards, honoring excellence in children’s literature. The award is given in three categories: Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, and Picture Book.
The 2010 BG-HB winners are:
Fiction: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Non-Fiction: Marching For Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge
Picture Book: I Know Here by Laurel Croza
This is the statement released by The Horn Book:
“A seamlessly constructed tale of friendship and time travel set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the late 1970s, When You Reach Me , Rebecca Stead’s second novel for young people, has already found acclaim among children and critics alike and will receive the Newbery Medal later this month. Elizabeth Partridge, who won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction in 2002 for This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie (Viking), wins again for Marching for Freedom , a dramatic account—told in searingly immediate photos and compelling prose—of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights for African Americans. And in I Know Here , Canadian author Laurel Croza and illustrator Matt James sensitively explore and gloriously picture the feelings of a little girl contemplating her family’s move in the early 1960s from the wilds of northern Saskatchewan to the big city of Toronto.”