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:
- The Tale of Pale Male: A True Story, written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter
- Max Talks to Me, written by Claire Buchwald and illustrated by Karen Ritz
- Dogku, written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Tim Bowers
- Luck, written by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Wendell Minor
- White Owl, Barn Owl, written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Michael Foreman
- Fred Stays with Me!, written by Nancy Coffelt and illustrated by Tricia Tusa
- Champ, written by Marcia Thornton Jones
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.
- Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival, written Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery and illustrated by Jean Cassels
- Stella Unleashed: Notes From the Doghouse, written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Paul Meisel
- The Dog Who Belonged to No One, written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Amy Bates
Will you play along with me? What was your favorite book published in 2008 with a "humane focus on animals or the environment"?