Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Congratulations to the 2017 Orbis Pictus Winners

Last week, the National Council of Teachers of English held their annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. At the Children's Luncheon on Saturday, they announced the winners of the Orbis Pictus Award

The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award was established in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children.


Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet (HMH Books for Young Readers)

Honor Books:

Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics by Steve Jenkins (HMH Books for Young Readers)

The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Bloomsbury)

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming; Illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Roaring Brook Press)

I Dissent: Ruth Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy; Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley (Simon & Schuster)

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley, illustrated by Jessie Hartland (Simon & Schuster)

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood, Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster)

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy, illustrated by C. F. Payne (Simon & Schuster)

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda)

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee & Low Books)

Congratulations to the authors and illustrators who were honored for producing high quality nonfiction for children. 

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