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Boston Globe-Horn Nonfiction Honor

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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.

Year

Boston Globe-Horn Nonfiction Honor

2012

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.

2012

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

2011

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.

2011

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.

2010

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.

2010

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.

2009

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.

2009

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.

2008

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.

2008

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.

2007

Burns, Loree Griffin. (2007). Tracking trash : flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion. Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin. 551.46 B9675t

Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.

2007

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.

2006

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.

2006

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.

2005

Giblin, James. (2005). Good brother, bad brother : the story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. New York : Clarion Books. 792.02 G446g

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.

2005

Rosen, Michael. (2005). Michael Rosen's sad book. (Pictures by Quentin Blake). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC R813mi

A man tells about all the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope.

2004

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.

2004

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.

2003

Old, Wendie C. (2002). To fly : the story of the Wright brothers. (Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker). New York : Clarion. 629.13 P44t

Traces the work that the two Wright brothers did together to develop the first machine-powered aircraft.

2003

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."

2002

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.

2002

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.

2001

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.

2001

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.

2000

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.

2000

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.

1999

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.

1999

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.

1998

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.

1998

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.

1997

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.

1997

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.

1996

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.

1996

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.

1995

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.

1995

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.

1994

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.

1994

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.

1993

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.

1992

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.

1992

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.

1991

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.

1991

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.

1990

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.

1989

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.

1989

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.

1988

Little, Jean. (1987). Little by Little : a writer's education. Markham, Ont. : Viking. 921 L7789L 

An autobiography of the legally blind Canadian author.

1988

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.

1987

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.

1987

Cole, Joana. (1986). The magic school bus at the waterworks. (Illustrated by Bruce Degen). New York : Scholastic Inc. 628.162 C689MA

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.

1987

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.

1986

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.

1986

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.

1985

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.

1985

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.

1984

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.

1984

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.

1984

Brooks, Polly Schoyer. (1983). Queen Eleanor, independent spirit of the Medieval World : a biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine. New York : J.B. Lippincott. 921 E383b

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.

1983

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.

1983

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.

1982

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.

1982

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.

1981

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.

1981

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.

1981

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.

1980

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.

1980

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.

1980

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.

1979

Sandler, Martin W. (1979). The story of American photography : an illustrated history for young people. Boston : Little, Brown. 770 S217s

Traces the development of photography in the United States.

1979

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.

1979

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.

1978

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.

1978

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.

1977

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.

1977

Penner, Lucille Recht. (1976). The Colonial cookbook. New York : Hastings House.

Examines the origins of American cooking including instructions for thirty authentic recipes.

1977

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.

1976

Macaulay, David. (1975). Pyramid. Boston : Houghton Mifflin.

Follows the intricate step-by-step process of the building of an ancient Egyptian pyramid.

1976

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.

1976

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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