Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Women's History Month Continues

A few years ago, I started featuring books about strong women each week during March to celebrate Women’s History Month. I have loved seeing how many new biographies are coming out each year. Check out last week’s celebration of women, here. One of the things that all of these women have in common is a passionate pursuit of their dreams.

Here are two more books that will be released in the near future.


When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex by Toni Buzzeo, Illustrated by Diana Sudyka (Abrams Books for Young Readers, May 14, 2019)


In the summer of 1990, Sue Hendrickson discovered the skeleton of a T. Rex in South Dakota. Buzzeo gives readers a sense of how young Sue Hendrickson’s love for searching for hidden things eventually led to her finding one of the most complete T. Rex skeletons. Imagine what an amazing discovery she made.


Sisters: Venus & Serena Williams by Jeanette Winters (Beach Lane Books, April 2, 2019)


Winters is well known for the number of biographies she has written for very young readers. Her latest is about Venus & Serena Williams. Though not heavy with lots of details, Winters provides a nice introduction for young students.

Mark your calendar for when these books will be release or pre-order them through your local indie bookstore.


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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 2018 CYBILS Winners and 2019 Green Earth Book Award

Last week the 2018 CYBILS winners were announced. I was thankful to have an opportunity to be a Round 2 Judge for the Elementary/Middle Grades Nonfiction category.

The 2018 CYBILS Nonfiction Winners:


Elementary NF Winner: Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez, Illustrated by Felicita Sala (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)


Middle Grade Nonfiction Winner: Death Eaters: Nature’s Decomposers and Scavengers by Kelly Milner Halls (Millbrook)


Junior High Nonfiction: Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking Books for Young Readers)


Senior High Nonfiction: The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix (Amulet)

Congratulations to all of the winners. To read the full list of winners, click here.

Recently, I learned about the Green Earth Book Award thank you to
Melissa Stewart.

2019 Green Earth Book Award Long List Announced


From the website:
“We have announced the long list for the 2019 national Green Earth Book Award, which we bestow annually to children’s and young adult literature that best convey the message of environmental stewardship. Over 150 books were nominated this year in five categories: picture book, children’s fiction and nonfiction; and young adult fiction and nonfiction.

This is the 15th year environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation has bestowed the award in order to bring national recognition to important works and their authors with its highly qualified “seal of approval” for environmental literature. The winners are chosen by a panel of literary, environmental and educational professionals.

“This long list of environmental stewardship books brings educators and parents top quality, well-vetted choices to give our next generation the gift of the love of nature—and the gift of understanding facts and science about the environment, ” said The Nature Generation founder and president, Amy Marasco. “These gifts are the tools they’ll use to solve the critical environmental issues the world is facing.”

The short list will be announced in March and the final Green Earth Book Award winners will be announced at the Salisbury University Children’s and Young Adult Literature Festival in April.”

Congratulations to all of the finalists. I look forward to the short list announcement. To check out the full list of books, click here.


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