Little Boy Blue has been nominated for an Arlene Award for Books, one of the highest honors given to non-fiction works by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. The Arlene is a special award presented every three years to a book that makes a documented difference by inspiring action that has a positive impact on the community, society, or the world.
The nominator was Michele C. Hollow, who writes the popular Pet News and Views blog. She nominated Little Boy Blue because after the book’s publication, the shelter where Blue was rescued eliminated the use of its gas chamber. Local activists demanding humane methods of euthanasia had called for this change for years, and it occurred only after Little Boy Blue was published and generated strong public outcry.
The winner of the Arlene Award for Books will be announced this spring. Little Boy Blue author Kim Kavin is a previous recipient of the ASJA Arlene Award for Articles, which she won in 2005. That award was for a cover feature in Northeast, the Sunday magazine of The Hartford Courant, about how new forms of crisis intervention training helps police officers work better with mentally ill offenders. The article helped to inspire $2 million in funding for CIT programs throughout the state of Connecticut.
Little Boy Blue is also currently among four finalists selected by the Dog Writers Association of America for best general interest/reference book of 2012. That award is expected to be given in February.