Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Award-Winning Middle-Grade Nonfiction

Children's nonfiction is alive and well and innovative approaches to it are rewarded. The following are lists of recent awards. I welcome additions to these lists of award-winning and recommended children's books.

The International Reading Association (IRA) and the Children’sBook Council (CBC) present annual Children’s Choices awards. Children themselves evaluate and write reviews of their favorite books.
Children's Choices for 2012, Grades 5–6
Ghostly Alcatraz Island by Stephen Person
How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz
Worst-Case Scenario: Survive-o-Pedia Junior Edition by David Borgenicht

You can find the complete, annotated lists of Children’s Choices (fiction and nonfiction) for 1998 through 2012  at:

The IRA also publishes annual lists of children’s fiction and nonfiction selected by teachers. 
Teachers’ Choices for 2012, Grades 3–5 (Ages 8–11)
A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America by
Kathleen Krull
A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming.
Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their
World by Allan Drummond
Marching With Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss
Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to Inspire Writing by Laura Purdie Salas

Teachers’ Choices for 2012, Grades 6–8 (Ages 11–14)
Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider by Jean Fritz
Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

You can find the complete, annotated lists of Teachers’ Choices (fiction and nonfiction) for 1998 through 2012 at:

The American Library Association is another well-established literary authority that gives awards to fiction and nonfiction.

The Booklist Editors' Choice awards of the American Library Association (ALA) are for nonfiction and fiction for children of all ages. 

Booklist Editors’ Choice for “Middle Readers,” 2011
Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China by Ed Young and Libby Koponen
Roots and Blues: A Celebration by Arnold Adoff
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

The following is the link to the Booklist Editors' Choice 2011 awards for readers in all grades:

The ALA also presents an annual Notable Children’s Books award for both fiction and nonfiction. The following are the nonfiction Notable Children's Books for 2013.

Grades 3–5 (ages 8–10)
Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman. 
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! by Robert Burleigh
Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport
Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

Grades 6–8 (ages 11–14)
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport
Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Differen by Karen Blumenthal.
Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Y. Levinson

The link to the complete annotated list, which includes fiction, is:

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