Boston Globe-Horn Nonfiction Honor
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.
Hoose, Phillip M. (2015). The boys who challenged Hitler : Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers. 940.53 H789b
"The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion"-- "At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes"--
Woodson, Jacqueline. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. 811 W895br
"The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South."
Jenkins, Steve. (2013). The animal book : a collection of the fastest, fiercest, toughest, cleverest, shyest--and most surprising--animals on earth. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 590 J52a
Shares facts on over three hundred animals and offers a brief overview of the history of life on Earth. Dance with a blue-footed booby, or stare down an eyelash viper. But mind your step-- in the animal world, the name of the game is survival –
Powell, Patricia Hruby. (2014). Josephine : the dazzling life of Josephine Baker. (Pictures by Christian Robinson). San Francisco : Chronicle Books. 921 B1678po
A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
Hale, Christy. (2012). Dreaming up : a celebration of building. New York : Lee & Low Books, Inc. 720 H161d
"A collection of concrete poetry, illustrations, and photographs that shows how young children’s constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world. Includes biographies of the architects, quotations, and sources"--Provided by publisher.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. (2012). Hand in hand : ten Black men who changed America. (Paintings by Brian Pinkney). New York : Disney/Jump at the Sun. 973.04 P655h
Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.
Novesky, Amy. (2012). Georgia in Hawaii : when Georgia O'Keeffe painted what she pleased. (Illustrated by Yuyi Morales). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. PRIM-FIC N9426ge
In 1939, artist Georgia O'Keeffe creates nearly twenty paintings as she tours the Hawaiian islands, but refuses to paint pictures of pineapples the way her sponsors tell her to.
O'Connell, Caitlin, & Jackson, Donna M. (2011). The elephant scientist. (Photographs by Caitlin O'Connell and Timothy Rodwell). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 599.67 O18e
Journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O’Connell, an American scientist, and witness one of the largest, most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth. -- Jacket flap
Jenkins, Martin. (2011). Can we save the tiger? (Illustrated by Vicky White). Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 591.68 J525c
The tiger is just one of thousands of animals -- including the ground iguana, the white-rumped vulture, and the partula snail -- currently in danger of becoming extinct, joining the dudo, the marsupial wolf, the great auk, and countless others we will never see again.
Ross, Stewart. (2011). Into the unknown : how great explorers found their way by land, sea, and air. (Illustrated by Stephen Biesty). Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 910.9 R826i
Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen historic journeys.
Metselaar, Menno, & van der Rol, Ruud. (2009). Anne Frank : her life in words and pictures from the archives of the Anne Frank House. (Translated by Arnold J. Pomerans). New York, NY : Roaring Brook Pr./Flash Point. 921 F8285me
Photos of the famous diary, school pictures, and the rooms in which she lived with her family while hiding from the Nazis for two years are compiled in this moving biography about the short life and enduring spirit of this young girl and talented writer.
Telgemeier, Raina. (2010). Smile. (Color by Stephanie Yue). New York : Graphix/Scholastic. 617.6 T271s
From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.
Stone, Tanya Lee. (2009). Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 629.45 S881a
The tale of thirteen women who became astronauts and were true pioneers of the space age.
Macaulay, David. (2008). The way we work : getting to know the amazing human body. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 612 M117w
Reveals the inner workings of the human body and all of its systems and mechanisms.
Bishop, Nic. (2008). Frogs. New York, NY : Scholastic Nonfiction. 597.8 B622f
Nic Bishop’s photographs show all different kinds of frogs, big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and one frog you can see inside of.
Kerley, Barbara. (2008). What to do about Alice? : how Alice Roosevelt broke the rules, charmed the world, and drove her father Teddy crazy! (Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham). New York : Scholastic Press. 921 R7815k
A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife.
Fleischman, Sid. (2006). Escape! : the story of the great Houdini. New York : Greenwillow Books. 921 H8365f
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926. Profiling his early years, personal life, and great accomplishments in show business, the story of the famous magician, Harry Houdini, comes to life through a review of his greatest tricks and most amazing feats, complete with index, photos, and author's notes.
Burns, Loree Griffin. (2007). Tracking trash : flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion. Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin.
Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.
Markle, Sandra. (2005). A mother’s journey. (Illustrated by Alan Marks). Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. 598.47 M346m
Describes the tremendous effort the female penguin makes to find food for her newborn.
Morrison, Taylor. (2006). Wildfire. Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Co. 634.9 M882w
Every summer, wildfires spread through the forests of the western United States, threatening homes and entire communities in their paths. Hundreds of firefighters work tirelessly to control this extremely powerful and unpredictable force of nature. But despite the seemingly devastating effects of wildfires, they also play an essential role in forest ecosystems.
Giblin, James. (2005). Good brother, bad brother : the story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. New York : Clarion Books.
The Booth brothers were two of America’s finest actors, but in other respects they were very different. Edwin was an introspective man who supported the Union and Lincoln. John, dashing and intense, was an ardent Confederate supporter.
Rosen, Michael. (2005). Michael Rosen's sad book. (Pictures by Quentin Blake). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press.
A man tells about all the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope.
Davies, Nicola. (2003). Surprising sharks. (Illustrated by James Croft). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 597.3 D256s
Introduces many different species of sharks, pointing out such characteristics as the small size of the dwarf lantern shark and the physical characteristics and behavior that makes sharks killing machines.
Schyffert, Bea Uusma. (2003). The man who went to the far side of the moon : the story of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins. (Translated by Emi Guner). San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books. 921 C7126s
A biography of the astronaut, Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the Apollo 12 space capsule while his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module and walked on the moon.
Old, Wendie C. (2002). To fly : the story of the Wright brothers. (Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker). New York : Clarion.
Traces the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. (2002). Revenge of the whale : the true story of the whaleship Essex. New York : G.P. Putnam. 910 P545r
Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author's adult book "In the Heart of the Sea."
Anderson, M. T. (2001). Handel, who knew what he liked. (Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 921 H236a
In this biography, the man who would later compose some of the world's most beautiful music is shown to have once been a stubborn little boy with a mind of his own.
Christensen, Bonnie. (2001). Woody Guthrie : poet of the people. New York : Knopf. 921 G9846c
A biography of folksinger Woody Guthrie including lyrics from Guthrie's most profound songs that he wrote during the years of the Great Depression.
Hurst, Carol Otis. (2001). Rocks in his head. (Pictures by James Stevenson). New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC H9668ro
A young man has a lifelong love of rock collecting that eventually leads him to work at a science museum.
Brown, Don. (2000). Uncommon traveler : Mary Kingsley in Africa. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 921 K55b
A brief biography of the self-educated nineteenth-century Englishwoman who, after a secluded childhood and youth, traveled alone through unexplored West Africa in 1893 and 1894 and learned much about the area and its inhabitants.
Govenar, Alan. (2000). Osceola : memories of a sharecropper's daughter. (Illustrated by Shane W. Evans). New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion. 976.4 M474O
A sharecropper's daughter describes her childhood in Texas in the early years of the twentieth century.
Marrin, Albert. (2000). Sitting Bull and his world. New York : Dutton Children's Books. 978 M359S
Discusses the life of the Hunkpapa chief who is remembered for his defeat of General Custer at Little Big Horn.
Armstrong, Jennifer. (1998). Shipwreck at the bottom of the world : the extraordinary true story of Shackleton and the Endurance. New York : Crown. 919.8 A736s
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.
Aliki. (1999). William Shakespeare & the Globe. New York : HarperCollins Publishers. 792 A411w
Tells the story of the well-known playwright, William Shakespeare, and of the famous Globe Theatre in which many of his works were performed.
Greenberg, Jan & Jordan, Sandra. (1998). Chuck close up close. New York, N.Y. : DK Ink. 921 C645G
A biography of the revisionist artist who achieved prominence in the late 1960s for enormous, photographically realistic, black and white portraits of himself and his friends.
Freedman, Russell. (1998). Martha Graham, a dancer's life. New York : Clarion Books. 921 G741F
A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in the world of modern dance.
Stanley, Diane. (1996). Leonardo da Vinci. New York : Morrow Junior Books. 921 D2592S
A biography of the Italian Renaissance artist and inventor who, at about age thirty, began writing his famous notebooks which contain the outpourings of his amazing mind.
Adler, David A. (1997). Lou Gehrig : the luckiest man. (Illustrated by Terry Widener). San Diego : Harcourt Brace. 921 G311a
Traces the life of the Yankees' star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Geisert, Bonnie. (1995). Haystack. (Illustrated by Arthur Geisert). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 633.2 G313h
Shows how a haystack is more than just a simple pile of hay.
Bruchac, Joseph. (2003). The boy who lived with the bears : and other Iroquois stories. (Illustrated by Murv Jacob). New York : Parabola Books. 398.2 B887b
Presents a collection of traditional Iroquois tales in which animals learn about the importance of caring and responsibility and the dangers of selfishness and pride.
Harris, Robie H. (2004). It's perfectly normal : changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health. (Illustrated by Michael Emberley). (2nd ed). Cambridge, Mass : Candlewick Press. 613 H315i
Lots of questions -- What is sex? -- Our bodies -- Puberty -- Families and babies -- Decisions -- Staying healthy.
Murphy, Jim. (1995). The great fire. New York : Scholastic Inc. 977.3 M978G
Describes the Great Fire of 1871 in Chicago weaving in personal accounts of actual survivors.
Levy, Constance. (1994). A tree place and other poems. (Illustrated by Robert Sabuda). New York : M.K. McElderry Books ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International. 811.54 L668t
A collection of forty poems about nature and the outdoor world.
Marrin, Albert. (1994). Unconditional surrender : U.S. Grant and the Civil War. New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International. 973.7 M359u
An account of Grant's life and his role in the Civil War.
Krull, Kathleen. (1993). Lives of the musicians : good times, bad times (and what the neighbors thought). (Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt). San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 780 K94L
The red priest: Antonio Vivaldi -- Twenty children and 1,200 compositions: Johann Sebastian Bach -- No ordinary baby: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Moodiness and moonlight: Ludwig van Beethoven -- "My dear corpse": Frédéric Chopin -- A successful farmer and opera-composer: Giuseppe Verdi -- A different white dress every night: Clara Schumann -- Dear friends and gentle hearts: Stephen Foster -- The checked cotton underwear of Johannes Brahms -- Pulsing and quivering: Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky -- Topsy-turvydom: William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan -- Velvet gentleman: Erik Satie -- The entertainer: Scott Joplin -- He stretched our ears: Charles Ives -- Standing on his head: Igor Stravinsky -- Tender Tyrant: Nadia Boulanger -- Full of splinters: Sergei Prokofiev -- "Great, isn’t it?": George Gershwin -- Traveling troubadour: Woody Guthrie.
Ehlert, Lois. (1991). Red leaf, yellow leaf. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC E334re
A child describes the growth of a maple tree from seed to sapling.
Rankin, Laura. (1991). The handmade alphabet. New York : Dial Books. 419 R211h
Presents the handshape for each letter of the American manual alphabet accompanied by an object whose name begins with that letter.
Stanley, Diane and Vennema, Peter. (2001). Good Queen Bess : the story of Elizabeth I of England. (Illustrated by Diane Stanley). New York : HarperCollins. 921 E436s
Follows the life of the strong-willed queen who ruled England in the time of Shakespeare and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Freedman, Russell. (1991). The Wright brothers : how they invented the airplane. New York : Holiday House. 921 W947F
Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.
Goor, Ron and Nancy. (1990). Insect metamorphosis : from egg to adult. (Illustrated with photographs by Ron Goor). New York : Atheneum. 595.7 G659i
Explains how insects grow, describing the various stages of incomplete and complete metamorphosis.
Isaacson, Philip M. (1988). Round buildings, square buildings & buildings that wiggle like a fish. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House.
Explores various architectural styles around the world, depicting churches, fortresses, bridges, air terminals, mills, cliff dwellings, tombs, and lighthouses of particular note.
Yep, Laurence. (1989). The rainbow people. New York : Harper & Row. 398.2 Y47r
A collection of twenty Chinese folk tales that were passed on by word of mouth for generations, as told by some oldtimers newly settled in the United States.
Chiasson, John. (1987). African journey. New York : Bradbury Press. 306 C532a
Describes in text and photographs how nature dictates the way of life for people in six different regions of Africa.
Little, Jean. (1987). Little by Little : a writer's education. Markham, Ont. : Viking. 921 L7789L
An autobiography of the legally blind Canadian author.
Kitzinger, Sheila. (1986). Being born. (Photography by Lennart Nilsson). New York : Grosset & Dunlap. 618.2 K62b
Photographs and text describe the baby's nine-month journey from conception to birth.
Hartford, John. (1986). Steamboat in a cornfield. New York : Crown. 386.22 H328s
A rhyming text describes an incident on the Ohio River in 1910 in which the steamboat Virginia went aground in a cornfield.
Cole, Joana. (1986). The magic school bus at the waterworks. (Illustrated by Bruce Degen). New York : Scholastic Inc.
When Ms. Frizzle, the strangest teacher in school, takes her class on a field trip to the waterworks, everyone ends up experiencing the water purification system from the inside.
Ashabranner, Brent K. (1985). Dark harvest : migrant farmworkers in America. (Photography by Paul Conklin). New York : Dodd, Mead. 331.5 A798d
Provides an in-depth look at the lives of migrant workers in the United States.
Giblin, James C. (1985). The truth about Santa Claus. New York : T.Y. Crowell. 394.2 G4468t
Explains how historical facts, religious mythology, folklore, tradition, and commercial promotion have combined to give us the modern figure of Santa Claus.
Marrin, Albert. (1985). 1812, the war nobody won. (Illustrated with old prints & engravings, and diagrams & maps by Patricia A. Tobin). New York : Atheneum. 973.5 M359e
Describes the causes and leading events of the early nineteenth-century conflict between Great Britain and the United States.
Dahl, Roald. (1984). Boy : tales of childhood. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux. INTR-FIC D131BO
Presents humorous anecdotes from the author's childhood which includes summer vacations in Norway and an English boarding school.
Freedman, Russell. (1983). Children of the Wild West. New York : Clarion Books. 305.2 F853c
Historical photographs with explanatory text present a picture of life in the American West from 1840 to the early 1900s.
Brooks, Polly Schoyer. (1983). Queen Eleanor, independent spirit of the Medieval World : a biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine. New York : J.B. Lippincott.
A biography of the twelfth-century queen, first of France, then of England, who was the very lively wife of Henry II and mother of several notable sons, including Richard the Lionhearted.
Yue, David and Charlotte. (1984). The tipi : a center of Native American life. New York : A.A. Knopf.
Discusses the Great Plains Indians, the land on which they lived, and the tipi's they built.
Maruki, Toshi. (1982, c1980). Hiroshima No Pika. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 940.54 M389h
A retelling of a mother's account of what happened to her family during the Flash that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.
Meltzer, Milton. (1982). The Jewish Americans : a history in their own words : 1650-1950. New York : Crowell. 973 J595
A collection of accounts of personal experiences of Jewish Americans, taken from letters, journals, diaries, autobiographies, speeches, and other documents.
Sattler, Helen Roney. (1981). Dinosaurs of North America. (Illustrated by Anthony Rao). New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 567.9 S253d
Discusses more than 80 different types of dinosaurs native to North America in the context of changing geography, animal and plant communities, and climate during the Mesozoic Era.
Nance, John. (1982). Lobo of the Tasaday. New York : Pantheon Books. 959.9 N176L
An account of the life of a young boy belonging to a Stone Age tribe recently discovered in a remote jungle in the Philippines.
Perl, Lila. (1980). Junk food, fast food, health food : what America eats and why. New York : Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books. 641 P451j
Explores 20th-century American eating patterns and includes a selection of recipes reflecting contemporary tastes.
Howe, James. (1981). The hospital book. (Photographs by Mal Warshaw). New York : Crown Publishers. 362.1 H856h
A guide to a stay in the hospital discussing what happens there, the people one meets, what will hurt, and how one gets better and goes home.
English, Betty Lou. (1980). You can't be timid with a trumpet : notes from the orchestra. (Drawings by Stan Skardinski). New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 785 E58y
A well-known conductor and seventeen men and women from nine well-known orchestras discuss their individual instruments.
Greenfield, Eloise and Little, Lessie Jones. (1979). Childtimes : a three-generation memoir.(Drawings by Jerry Pinkney and photos from the authors' family albums). New York : Crowell. 920 G8124c & 920 G8124ch
Childhood memoirs of three black women--grandmother, mother, and daughter--who grew up between the 1880's and the 1950's.
Jaspersohn, William. (1980). How the forest grew. (Illustrated by Chuck Eckart). New York : Scholastic Inc. 333.7 J39h
Describes the gradual transformation of a cleared farm field into a dense forest.
Fritz, Jean. (1979). Stonewall. (Drawings by Stephen Gammell). New York : Putnam. 921 J143f
A biography of the brilliant southern general who gained the nickname Stonewall by his stand at Bull Run during the Civil War.
Zemach, Margot. (1978). Self-portrait : Margot Zemach. Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley.
A well-known illustrator of children's books talks about herself, her life, and her work.
Snow, Richard F. (1978). The iron road : a portrait of American railroading. (Photographs by David Plowden). New York : Four Winds Press. 385 S674i
A history of American railroading with a commentary on its status today.
Sandler, Martin W. (1979). The story of American photography : an illustrated history for young people. Boston : Little, Brown.
Traces the development of photography in the United States.
Macaulay, David. (1977). Castle. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 623.19 M117CA
Text and detailed drawings follow the planning and construction of a "typical" castle and adjoining town in thirteenth-century Wales.
Baker, Betty. (1977). Settlers and strangers : native Americans of the desert Southwest and history as they saw it. New York : Macmillan. 970.1 B167s
A history of the Indians who have lived in the American Southwest from the Ice Age to the present day, told from their point of view.
Warner, Lucille Schulberg. (1976). From slave to abolitionist : the life of William Wells Brown. New York : Dial Press.
Autobiography of William Wells Brown who was born and raised a slave but when freed, devoted his life to the abolitionist movement.
Penner, Lucille Recht. (1976). The Colonial cookbook. New York : Hastings House.
Examines the origins of American cooking including instructions for thirty authentic recipes.
Kevles, Bettyann. (1976). Watching the wild apes : the primate studies of Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas. New York : Dutton.
Describes the field work of three female primatologists and what their studies have revealed about the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans in their natural habitat.
Meltzer, Milton. (1977, c1976). Never to forget : the Jews of the Holocaust. New York : Harper. 940.53 M5289N
Accounts of the Holocaust, turning statistics into people telling their stories in their own words.
Macaulay, David. (1975). Pyramid. Boston : Houghton Mifflin.
Follows the intricate step-by-step process of the building of an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
Fritz, Jean. (1982, c1976). Will you sign here, John Hancock? (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman). New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. 973.3 F919W
A biography of the first signer of the Declaration of Independence outlining all that he did for himself as well as what he did for Massachusetts and his new nation.
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