Wednesday, December 17, 2008

KIND Children's Book Award

While doing some research to follow-up on the post I wrote about great children's books about animals, I came across a new-to-me book award and list. It's really lovely, so I thought I would share it. Here's an excerpt from the introduction.

Story is a powerful tool for teaching humane concepts like compassion, responsibility, and respect. Good books provide context, create empathy, and give children characters to identify with, care about, and learn from. Stories can even inspire moral action and good citizenship.

Each year, Humane Society Youth recognizes an exceptional children's book with a humane focus on animals or the environment with the KIND Children's Book Award.

The 2008 winner was Before You Were Mine (2007), written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by David Walker.

Honor books for 2008 were:

For more information on these titles you should read the entire annotated list for 2008. You can also view the list of winners and honor books from previous years (1995-2007) for some outstanding choices.

In the meantime, perhaps we can try to predict some of the titles that will appear on the 2009 list. My suggestions include poetry, nonfiction and a picture book.

Will you play along with me? What was your favorite book published in 2008 with a "humane focus on animals or the environment"?


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    If you are interested, please email us a postal address at and we will be pleased to send you the book.

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    Happy holidays teacher and mom,

    Robert McCarty
    Barking Planet Productions

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  3. This is a lovely award, isn't it? I only know about it because I do an awards database for the Children's Literature Network. Otherwise, I never would have heard of it, either.

    As I was reading your post, Stella Unleashed (Linda Ashman) was the first thing that came to my mind. Glad to see it included in your list!