Phillip Hoose

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Hoose at the 2010 Texas Book Festival

Phillip M. Hoose (born May 31, 1947) is an American writer of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles. His first published works were written for adults but he turned his attention to children and young adults, in part to keep up with his daughters. His work has been well received and honored more than once by the children's literature community. He won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Nonfiction, for The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004) and the National Book Award, Young People's Literature, for Claudette Colvin (2009).[1]


Hoose was born in South Bend, Indiana, grew up in the Indiana towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, and attended Indiana University. A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Hoose was for 37 years a staff member of The Nature Conservancy, dedicated to preserving the plants, animals and natural communities of the Earth. Hoose has two children, Hannah and Ruby, who are grown. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife, the artist Sandi Ste. George.[2]

A songwriter and performing musician, Phillip Hoose is a founding member of the Children's Music Network and a member of the band Chipped Enamel.


Hey, Little Ant (Tricycle Press, 1998), inspired by his daughter Ruby and co-authored by his daughter Hannah, received a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

It’s Our World, Too!: Stories of Young People Who Are Making a Difference'' (Little, Brown, 1998) won a Christopher Award for "artistic excellence in books affirming the highest values of the human spirit."

We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001) was a finalist for the National Book Award.[3] In addition, it was dubbed a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and an International Reading Association Teacher's Choice.

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004), received the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and was named a Top Ten American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults among many additional honors.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009) is a nonfiction account for young adults. It features Claudette Colvin as an African-American civil rights pioneer, resisting segregation in Montgomery, Alabama. It won the annual National Book Award for Young People's Literature[4] and was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal, among other honors (below).

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012) is a nonfiction account of a shorebird, a red knot, banded B95, that has flown more than the distance to the moon over his lifetime. It was a finalist in the Young Adult Library Services Association Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.[5]


Hoose reaped many honors for several of his books.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
  • Boston Globe – Horn Book Award, Nonfiction
  • Orbis Pictus Honor Book
  • Bank Street / Flora Steiglitz Award
  • Parents' Choice Award
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA Notable Books for Children
  • National Science Teacher's Association-CBC, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children
  • Miami Herald Best Books of the Year
  • Washington Post Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Great Lakes Book Award
  • Maine Lupine Award
  • New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
  • Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List
We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S. History
  • National Book Award – finalist[3]
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • IRA Teachers' Choices
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
  • Parents' Choice Award
  • NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • Booklinks Lasting Connection
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
  • Robert F. Sibert Award – Honor
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction – finalist



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  1. ^ a b "2009 National Book Award Winner, Young People's Literature". NBF. Retrieved 2010-07-15. (Acceptance speech and reading by Hoose, citation, biographical blurbs, and more.)
  2. ^ "Phillip Hoose | Authors | Macmillan". 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2001". NBF. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  4. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 2009". National Book Foundation (NBF). Retrieved 2012-04-14.
    (With acceptance speech, interview, reading, excerpt and other material, some of it replicated for all five finalists.)
  5. ^ YALSA (2013). "YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults". 
  6. ^ (blocked)

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