Boston Globe-Horn Picture Book 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.


Frazee, Marla. (2014). The farmer and the clown. New York : Beach Lane Books. PRIM-FIC F8484fa

A wordless picture book in which a farmer rescues a baby clown who's bounced off the circus train, and reunites him with his clown family.


Brown, Peter. (2013). Mr. Tiger goes wild. New York : Little, Brown and Company. PRIM-FIC B8794mr

Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.


Bean, Jonathan. (2013). Building our house. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. PRIM-FIC B367bu

A young girl narrates her family's move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends.


Barnett, Mac. (2012). Extra yarn. (Illustrated by Jon Klassen). New York : Balzer & Bray. PRIM-FIC B2611ex

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.


Pocketful of posies : a treasury of nursery rhymes. (2010). (Illustrated by Salley Mavor). Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 398.8 P741

An illustrated collection of sixty-four traditional nursery rhymes.


Croza, Laurel. (2010). I know here. (Pictures by Matt James). Toronto : Groundwood Press. PRIM-FIC C9541ik

A tale about a young girl whose family moves from the forests of northeastern Saskatchewan to a strange new place called 'Toronto'.


Mahy, Margaret. (2009). Bubble trouble. (Illustrated by Polly Dunbar). New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC M2165bu

Mabel blows a bubble that captures Baby and wafts him away, resulting in a wild chase that involves the whole neighborhood.


Bean, Jonathan. (2007). At night. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. PRIM-FIC B367at 

Some nights it’s hard to fall asleep. It might be better to curl up alone with one’s thoughts, away from the rest of the family. A sleepless city girl follows a summer night’s cool breeze to the garden room on the roof her big city home, and enjoys her solitude.


Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. (2007). Dog and Bear : two friends, three stories. New Milford, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press.
PRIM-FIC S4514do

Three easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between Dog and Bear.


Ehlert, Lois. (2005). Leaf Man. Orlando : Harcourt. PRIM-FIC E334Le

A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him, past chickens, rabbits, snails, fish, butterflies and other creatures made out of leaf collages.


Grey, Mini. (2005). Traction Man is here! New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House. PRIM-FIC G8445tr

TractionpMan, a boy's courageous action figure, has a variety of adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other objects in the house.


Gerstein, Mordicai. (2003). The man who walked between the towers. Brookfield, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press. 791.3 G383m

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers, a quarter of a mile in the sky.


Root, Phyllis. (2003, c2002). Big Momma makes the world. (Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC R7832bi

Big Mamma, with a baby on her hip and laundry piling up, makes the world and everything in it and, at the end of the sixth day, tells the people she has made that they must take care her creation.


Graham, Bob. (2001). Let's get a pup! said Kate. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC G7382Le

When Kate and her parents visit the animal shelter, an adorable puppy charms them, but it is very hard to leave an older dog behind.


DeFelice, Cynthia C. (2000). Cold feet. (Illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker). New York : Dorling Kindersley. PRIM-FIC D3133co

After stealing a dead man's boots, a poor wandering bagpiper uses them to play a trick on an unfriendly farmer but then finds the trick turned back on him.


Johnson, D. B. (2000). Henry hikes to Fitchburg. Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC J665he

While his friend works hard to earn the train fare to Fitchburg, young Henry Thoreau walks the thirty miles through woods and fields, enjoying nature and the time to think great thoughts. Includes biographical information about Thoreau.


Cowley, Joy. (1999). Red-eyed tree frog. (Illustrated with photographs by Nic Bishop). New York : Scholastic Press. 597.8 C875r

This frog found in the rain forest of Central America spends the night searching for food while also being careful not to become dinner for some other animal.


Banks, Kate. (1998). And if the moon could talk. (Pictures by Georg Hallensleben). New York : Foster/Farrar. PRIM-FIC B2186AN

As evening progresses into nighttime, the moon looks down on a variety of nocturnal scenes, including a child getting ready for bed.


Pinkney, J. Brian. (2000). The adventures of sparrowboy. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks. PRIM-FIC P6548AD

After an encounter with a sparrow, Henry finds he is able to fly just like his favorite comic book hero HawkMan.


Hest, Amy. (1995). In the rain with Baby Duck. (Illustrated by Jill Barton). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC H588in 

Although her parents love walking in the rain, Baby Duck does not--until Grandpa shares a secret with her.


Lester, Julius. (1994). John Henry. (Pictures by Jerry Pinkney). New York : Dial Books. PRIM-FIC L642J

Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.


Say, Allen. (1993). Grandfather's journey. Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC S2744gr 

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.


Alexander, Lloyd. (1992). The fortune-tellers. (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman). New York : Dutton Children's Books.

A carpenter in the West African country of Cameroon goes to a fortune teller and finds the predictions about his future coming true in an unusual way.


Young, Ed. (1992). Seven blind mice. New York : Philomel Books. 398.2 Y71se

Retells in verse the Indian fable of the blind men discovering different parts of an elephant and arguing about its appearance. The illustrations depict the blind arguers as mice.


Paterson, Katherine. (1990). The tale of the mandarin ducks. (Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon). New York : Lodestar Books. 398.2 P296t

A pair of mandarin ducks, separated by a cruel lord who wishes to possess the drake for his colorful beauty, reward a compassionate couple who risk their lives to reunite the ducks.


Young, Ed. (1989). Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China. New York : Philomel Books. 398.2 Y71L & 398.2 Y71Lo 

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.


Wells, Rosemary. (1988). Shy Charles. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC W4558sh

Being painfully timid and shy does not keep a young mouse from rescuing his babysitter in an emergency situation, although after becoming a hero he still says zero.


Snyder, Dianne. (1988). The boy of the three-year nap. (Illustrated by Allen Say). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 398.2 S6753bo

A poor Japanese woman maneuvers events to change the lazy habits of her son.


Steptoe, John. (1987). Mufaro's beautiful daughters : an African tale. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. PRIM-FIC S8379MU

Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.


Bang, Molly. (1985). The paper crane. New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC B216PA

A mysterious man enters a restaurant and pays for his dinner with a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances.


Hurd, Thacher. (1984). Mama don't allow : starring Miles and the Swamp Band. New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC H9612MA

Miles and the Swamp Band have the time of their lives playing at the Alligator Ball, until they discover the menu includes Swamp Band soup.


Hutton, Warwick. (1983, c1984). Jonah and the great fish. New York : Atheneum. 224 H985j

Retells the Biblical story of how a man was swallowed up by a great fish.


Williams, Vera B. (1982). A chair for my mother. New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC W7278CHA

A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.


Willard, Nancy. (1981). A visit to William Blake's inn :  poems for innocent and experienced travelers. (Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen). New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 811 W6942vi

A collection of poems describing the curious menagerie of guests and residents, human and animal, at William Blake’s inn.


Sendak, Maurice. (1981). Outside over there. (Calligraphy by Jeanyee Wong). New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC S4746OU

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.


Van Allsburg, Chris. (1979). The garden of Abdul Gasazi. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. PRIM-FIC V217G

When the dog he is caring for runs away from Alan into the forbidden garden of a retired dog-hating magician, a spell seems to be cast over the contrary dog.


Briggs, Raymond. (1978). The snowman. New York : Random House. PRIM-FIC B8544SN

When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.


Anno, Mitsumasa. (1978, c1977). Anno's journey. Cleveland : Collins-World. PRIM-FIC A6156AJO

Records in drawings the author's journey through northern Europe and his impressions of the land, the people at work and play, and their art, architecture, folklore, and fairy tales.


Tripp, Wallace. (1976). Granfa' Grig had a pig and other rhymes reason. Boston : Little, Brown.

A selection of Mother Goose rhymes including "Old King Cole," "Jack Be Nimble," and many other well- and lesser-known verses.


Charlip, Remy and Joyner, Jerry. (1975). Thirteen. New York : Four Winds Press/MacMillan Publishing Company. PRIM-FIC C4785th

Thirteen picture stories of a magic show, a sea disaster, and other dramas develop separately but simultaneously.


Anno, Mitsumasa. (1975, c1974). Anno's alphabet : an adventure in imagination. New York : Crowel. PRIM-FIC A6156AAL

Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: anvil, bicycle, etc.


Feelings, Muriel L. (1974). Jambo means hello : Swahili alphabet book. (Pictures by Tom Feelings). New York : Dial Press. 496 F295ja

Presents a word, with English translation, for each of the twenty-four letters in the Swahili alphabet. Brief explanation of each word introduces an East African custom.


Pyle, Howard. (1998). King Stork. (Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman). New York : Morrow Junior Books. 398 P9963k

The king of the storks grants the drummer three wishes for carrying him across the river.


Burningham, John. (1970). Mr. Gumpy's outing. New York : H. Holt. PRIM-FIC B9663mr

Mr. Gumpy accepts more and more riders on his boat until the inevitable occurs.


Mizumura, Kazue. (1971). If I built a village. New York : Crowell . PRIM-FIC M6853if

A young boy describes the sort of town he would like to build.


Keats, Ezra Jack. (1999). Hi, cat! New York : Viking. PRIM-FIC K25HI

Archie's day would have been great if he had not started it by greeting the new cat on the block.


Goodall, John S. (1968). The adventures of Paddy Pork. New York : Harcourt, Brace & World . PRIM-FIC G646ad

Illustrations without text depict the celebration of Christmas in an English country home at the turn of the century.


Mosel, Arlene. (1968). Tikki Tikki Tembo. (Illustrated by Blair Lent). New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 398.2 M898ti

When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.


Spier, Peter. (1967). London Bridge is falling down!. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. 398.8 L8475 

Illustrates the nursery rhyme and children's game about London Bridge's falling down. Includes a history of the bridge and music score.



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