Monday, December 9, 2013

Best Nonfiction Books of 2013

2013 was an unusual blogging year for The Nonfiction Detectives. I kept the blog running smoothly while Cathy served on the 2014 Sibert Medal committee. As a member of an ALSC committee, Cathy was not allowed to publicly review 2013 informational books. Too bad. Consequently, all reviews of 2013 titles were written by me! Ta da! It was hard not to have Cathy reviewing and to add her favorite books for this year's list of best books. Oh, well. She will be back reviewing next year. 
I hope you enjoy my favorite books from 2013.

Here is Louise's List of 
Best Nonfiction Books of 2013. 
(in alphabetical order by title with links to reviews)

Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons by Sara Levine

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel and Melissa Sweet

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy

Diego Rivera: Artist for the People by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner

Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch and Tom Uhlman

Follow, Follow by Marilyn Singer

The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

It's Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden by George Ancona

The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

Look Up!: Bird-Watching In Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Rabbit's Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story as told by James and Joe Bruchac and Jeff Newman

A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts by Ellen Landay and Kurt Wootton
(professional book)

A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America's Largest Mammal by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

Why Do We Fight?: Conflict, War and Peace by Niki Walker


  1. You both seriously have the best non fiction books for kids! I am sharing this post far and wide!! Mia of PragmaticMom

  2. Fabulous. Thanks so much. A grateful librarian.