Boston Globe-Horn Nonfiction Award

Titles Owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library

The Boston Globe-Horn Award honors authors and illustrators of outstanding children's and young adult books published in the United States. The awards are presented in three categories: Fiction and Poetry; Nonfiction; and Picture Book. The committee may name two honor books in each category. Occasionally, a book with overall creative excellence and quality will be awarded a special citation. The award information was retrieved from the Boston Globe-Horn Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the UMD library are provided after the citation.


Fleming, Candace. (2014). The family Romanov : murder, rebellion & the fall of Imperial Russia. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 947.08 F597f 

From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life.


Sheinkin, Steve.  (2014). The Port Chicago 50 : disaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rights. New York : Roaring Brook Press. 940.54 S543p

Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.


Byrd, Robert. (2012). Electric Ben : the amazing life and times of Benjamin Franklin. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Group. 921 F8322by

Learn all about the life of Benjamin Franklin, from his childhood to his golden years.


Close, Chuck. (2012). Face book. New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers. 921 C6453cL

Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. Includes a self-portrait mix-and-match section that demonstrates his techniques and images.


Sheinkin, Steve. (2010). The notorious Benedict Arnold : a true story of adventure, heroism, & treachery. New York : Roaring Brook Press. 921 A752sh

An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.


Partridge, Elizabeth. (2009). Marching for freedom : walk together, children, and don't you grow weary. New York, N.Y. : Viking. 323.11 P275m

This book recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African-American earn the right to vote.


Fleming, Candace. (2008). The Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. 921 L7363f

Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s backgrounds differed considerably, both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other.


Sís, Peter. (2007). The wall : growing up behind the Iron Curtain. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 921 S622s 

Peter Sís grew up in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. He relates in pictures and exerpts from his diaries, his memories, his interests, and his frustrations at not having the freedom to live his life outside the rules of the political party-line.


Debon, Nicolas. (2007). The strongest man in the world : Louis Cyr. Toronto : Groundwood Books ; Berkeley : Distributed by Publishers Group West. 921 C9977d

Louis Cyr astounded audiences throughout North America and Europe with his amazing feats and mammoth proportions. Discover the life and times of this extraordinary hero in this picture book biography.


McNulty, Faith. (2005). If you decide to go to the moon. (Illustrated by Steven Kellogg). New York : Scholastic. 629.45 M169i

An imaginary trip to the Moon telling what happens on the way, what it really looks like and what Earth looks like on the way back.


Hoose, Phillip M. (2004). The race to save the Lord God Bird. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 598.7 H789r

Tells the story of the ivory-billed woodpecker's extinction in the United States, describing the encounters between this species and humans, and discussing what these encounters have taught us about preserving endangered creatures.


Murphy, Jim. (2003). An American plague : the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. New York : Clarion Books. 614.5 M978a

It’s 1793, and there’s an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city’s residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation’s birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.


Kalman, Maira. (2002). Fireboat : the heroic adventures of the John J. Harvey. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 974.7 K145fi

A fireboat, launched in 1931, is retired after many years of fighting fires along the Hudson River, but is saved from being scrapped and then called into service again on September 11, 2001.


Partridge, Elizabeth. (2002). This land was made for you and me : the life and songs of Woody Guthrie. New York : Viking.
921 G984p

A biography of Woody Guthrie, a singer who wrote over 3,000 folk songs and ballads as he traveled around the United States, including "This Land is Your Land" and "So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh."


Dash, Joan. (2000). The longitude prize. (Pictures by Dušan Petricic). New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 681.1 D229

The story of John Harrison, inventor of watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to accurately determine longitude at sea.


Aronson, Marc. (2000). Sir Walter Ralegh and the quest for El Dorado. New York : Clarion Books. 921 R1633a

Recounts the adventurous life of the English explorer and courtier who spelled his name "Ralegh" and led many expeditions to the New World.


Jenkins, Steve. (1999). The top of the world : climbing Mount Everest. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 796.52 J52to

Describes the conditions and terrain of Mount Everest, attempts that have been made to scale this peak, and general information about the equipment and techniques of mountain climbing.


Tillage, Leon. (1997). Leon's story. (Collage art by Susan L. Roth). New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 921 T574t

The son of a North Carolina sharecropper recalls the hard times faced by his family and other African Americans in the first half of the twentieth century and the changes that the civil rights movement helped bring about.


Wick, Walter. (1997). A drop of water : a book of science and wonder. New York : Scholastic. 546.22 W363d

Describes the origins, characteristics, and uses of water.


Warren, Andrea. (1996). Orphan train rider : one boy's true story. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 362.7 W286o

Discusses the placement of over 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children in homes throughout the Midwest from 1854 to 1929 by recounting the story of one boy and his brothers.


Bober, Natalie. (1995). Abigail Adams : witness to a revolution. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 921 A2114b

Abigail Adams was not only the wife of one president and the mother of another; she was also a narrator, through her letters, of the story of the Revolution.


Freedman, Russell. (1993). Eleanor Roosevelt : a life of discovery. New York : Clarion Books. 973.9 F853e

A photobiography of the first wife of a president to have a public life and career of her own.


McKissack, Pat. (1992). Sojourner Truth : ain't I a woman? New York : Scholastic. 921 T874m

A biography of the former slave who became well-known as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.


Cummings, Pat. (1992). Talking with artists : conversations with Victoria Chess, Pat Cummings, Leo and Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Lois Ehlert, Lisa Campbell Ernst, Tom Feelings, Steven Kellogg, Jerry Pinkney, Amy Schwartz, Lane Smith, Chris Van Allsburg, and David Wiesner. New York : Bradbury Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International. 741.6 T146

Fourteen distinguished picture book artists talk about their early art experiences, answer questions most frequently asked by children, and offer encouragement to those who would like to become artists.


Rylant, Cynthia. (1991). Appalachia : the voices of sleeping birds. (Illustrated by Barry Moser). San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 974 R994a

Text and illustrations explore the countryside and people of Appalachia.


Fritz, Jean. (1989). The great little Madison. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 921 M1826f

Traces the life and contributions of the sickly child with the small voice who grew up to become the fourth president of the United States.


Macaulay, David. (1988). The way things work. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 600 M117ca

Text and numerous detailed illustrations introduce and explain the scientific principles and workings of hundreds of machines including a lawn sprinkler, pneumatic drill, electric guitar, and a smoke detector.


Hamilton, Virginia. (1988). Anthony Burns : the defeat and triumph of a fugitive slave. New York : A.A. Knopf. 921 B9672h

A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts.


Sewall, Marcia. (1986). The pilgrims of Plimoth. New York : Atheneum. 974.4 S512p

Chronicles, in text and illustrations, the day-to-day life of the early Pilgrims in the Plimoth Colony.


Thomson, Peggy. (1985). Auks, rocks, and the odd dinosaur : inside stories from the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. New York : T.Y. Crowell. 508.074 T484a

Reveals the inner workings of the Museum of Natural History through historical anecdotes and descriptions of how exhibits are researched, prepared, and maintained.


Blumberg, Rhoda. (1985). Commodore Perry in the land of the Shogun. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 952 B658c

Details Commodore Matthew Perry's role in opening Japan's closed society to world trade in the 1850s, one of history's most significant diplomatic achievements.


Fritz, Jean. (1983). The double life of Pocahontas. (Illustrations by Ed Young). New York : Putnam. 921 P75

A biography of the famous American Indian princess, emphasizing her life-long adulation of John Smith and the roles she played in two very different cultures.


Davis, Daniel S. (1982). Behind barbed wire : the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. New York : Dutton. 940.54 D261b

Discusses the forced internment of Japanese Americans in camps following the attack on Pearl Harbor, their way of life there, and their eventual assimilation into society following the war.


Siegal, Aranka. (1981). Upon the head of the goat : a childhood in Hungary, 1939-1944. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux.
940.54 S571u

Nine-year-old Piri describes the bewilderment of being a Jewish child during the 1939-1944 German occupation of her hometown (then in Hungary and now in the Ukraine) and relates the ordeal of trying to survive in the ghetto.


Lasky, Kathryn. (1980). The weaver's gift. (Photographs by Christopher G. Knight). New York : Frederick Warne. 746.1 L345w

Describes the many activities that take place from the time a sheep is sheared until the fleece is woven into a soft blanket.


Salvadori, Mario. (1979). Building : the fight against gravity. (Drawings by Saralinda Hooker and Christopher Ragus). New York : Atheneum. 624.17 S182b

An introduction to the basic principles of architecture and engineering including a discussion of structural materials and their properties and such problems as how skyscrapers are kept from swaying excessively and buildings prevented from sinking into the ground.


Kherdian, David. (1979). The road from home : the story of an Armenian girl. New York : Greenwillow Books. 921 K454k

A biography of the author's mother concentrating on her childhood in Turkey before the Turkish government deported its Armenian population.


Koehn, Ilse. (1977). Mischling, second degree : my childhood in Nazi Germany. New York : Greenwillow Books. 921 K775k

The memoirs of a German girl who became a leader among the Hitler Youth while her Social Democratic family kept from her the secret of her partial Jewish heritage.


Dickinson, Peter. (1976). Chance, luck, & destiny. Boston : Little, Brown. 133 D553c

A collection of anecdotes, stories, facts, and activities relating to chance, luck, magic, witchcraft, and fortune-telling.


Tamarin, Alfred H. and Glubok, Shirley. (1976). Voyaging to Cathay: Americans in the China Trade. New York : Viking Press.

Traces the earliest contacts between the United States and China from the years following the American Revolution until the advent of the steamship.



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