ASPCA® Announces 2008 Henry Bergh Children’s-YA Book Award Winners

Houghton Mifflin to Receive
ASPCARoger Caras Achievement Award
at 2009 American Library Association Conference

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced the winners of the 2008 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Awards.

Named in honor of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, the annual awards recognize books based on their exemplary handling of subject matter pertaining to animals and the environment. The winning authors will be honored at a ceremony at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago on July 13.

Houghton Mifflin will also be awarded the 2008 Roger Caras Achievement Award for children’s literature at the upcoming awards. Named in honor of past ASPCA President Roger Caras, the award honors an outstanding individual or organization that has inspired children and made a contribution to the animal community through literature, actions or other means.

“Nothing is more essential to the future of America’s pets than educating our children about animal awareness,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “Through honoring both an outstanding publisher and the works of several distinguished authors, the ASPCA is able to continue its quest to create a more humane nation.”

This year’s nine award winners and honorees covered seven categories.

Winners of the 2008 ASPCA® Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award are:

Non-Fiction Companion Animals Award

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival
by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery, illustrated by Jean Cassels
Walker & Company

Non-Fiction Companion Animals Honor

by Sarah Whitehead

Non-Fiction Environment and Ecology

by Jim Arnosky
Sterling Publishing

Non-Fiction Humane Heroes

by Pam Kaster
Louisiana State University Press

Fiction Companion Animals Award

by Jeanne Prevost
Gryphon Press

Fiction Companion Animals Honor

by Jan Zita Grover
Gryphon Press

Fiction Environment and Ecology

The Wolves are Back
by Jean Craighead George
Dutton Children’s Books

Fiction Humane Heroes

by Jim Arnosky
G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Young Adult

by Rosa Jordan

To qualify for consideration for the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Awards, the following criteria must be met:

* Books must be written in English;

* Books must be written for an audience of children up to and including the age of 12 (age 17 for the young adult award);

* Books must be works of fiction, non-fiction, or collections of short stories, essays, or poetry, and;

* Books must be published between January and December of the previous year.

Self-published books are eligible, provided that the author/publisher also publishes titles by other authors.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane organization established in the Americas, and today has more than one million supporters throughout North America. A 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in animal-assisted therapy, animal behavior, animal poison control, anti-cruelty, humane education, legislative services, and shelter outreach. The New York City headquarters houses a full-service, accredited animal hospital, adoption center, and mobile clinic outreach program.

The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York’s animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series “Animal Precinct” on Animal Planet. For more information, please visit