Congratulations to the winners and honorees of this year's Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, which celebrate excellence in picture books, children's fiction and poetry, and children's nonfiction.
award for picture book: At Night, written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean
award for fiction: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Ellen Forney
award for nonfiction: The Wall, written and illustrated by Peter Sis
special citation for graphic storytelling: The Arrival, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan
We're hoping the witty acceptance remarks of these amazing writers will be appearing in an upcoming issue of The Horn Book. You may suspect by this point that The Horn Book, Inc., is paying us for advertisement. They're not; we're just big geeky fans. (Although I wouldn't turn down a chance to review for them, if they offered.)
Speaking of being big geeky fans... Perhaps you, too, wish the incomparable Neil Gaiman were coming to Boston on his Graveyard Book tour. Happily, Mr. Gaiman is doing a video tour, which means he's reading a chapter of the book per stop, sequentially, and then posting the videos on his website. Brilliant, right? Make sure you pick up a copy of The Graveyard Book so you can read along.