Danville native Heather Henson was honored last weekend in New York with the Christopher Award for her children's book That Book Woman, about a pack-horse librarian in the Appalachian Mountains.
The Christophers were established in 1949 by the Rev. James Keller to salute media that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit," according to the award Web site. Other honorees this year included the recent Oscar winner for best picture, Slumdog Millionaire, and the HBO film John Adams.
Henson, who lives outside Danville, won in the category for books geared to readers ages 6 to 8. She says one of the big thrills for her was being honored along with Sesame Street, which received a special award for its contributions to children's broadcasting.
That Book Woman, illustrated by David Small, tells the story of the influence of one of the traveling librarians on a boy she visits regularly. Pack-horse librarians were part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration initiative in the 1930s.