Last fall, Alison Lohans quietly self-published the picture book Leaving Mr. Humphries. Now, the book is poised to receive a whole lot more attention: it’s been nominated for a 2014 High Plains Book Award in the children’s literature category. We join Alison in eagerly anticipating the award announcement during the High Plains Book Awards festival, which is scheduled for the weekend of October 24, 2014. This new accolade follows a recent Saskatchewan Book Award shortlisting for the picture book.
When Josh goes to stay with his aunt and grandfather one summer, he has only his teddy bear, Mr. Humphries, to remind him of home. He finds comfort in his stuffed companion, taking him everywhere until one day, Mr. Humphries is no longer there. Told in Lohans’ “crisp and descriptive” prose and ably illustrated by Gretchen Ehrsam, Leaving Mr. Humphries is the gentle, resonant story of a young boy finding his self-confidence as he leaves childhood behind.