Two intrepid librarians

Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Dear Readers,

It's that time of year when we reflect upon the past twelve months and look for titles that rose to the top. 2014 was an excellent year for nonfiction, so our list of favorite books is lengthy. We have organized our favorite books into categories: history, science, poetry, and biography/memoir. The list is alphabetical by title and includes links to our reviews. We'll continue our search for the best nonfiction for children in 2015.

Louise and Cathy


Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain
by Russell Freedman
Clarion Books

 by Candace Fleming
Schwartz & Wade

The History of Money: From Bartering to Banking
by Martin Jenkins and Satoshi Kitamura
Candlewick Press

by Steve Sheinkin
Roaring Brook Press

by Tonya Bolden
Abrams Books for Young Readers

Separate is Never Equal
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Abrams Books for Young Readers


Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth
by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
Blue Sky Press

Beetle Busters
by Loree Griffin Burns
photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Chasing Cheetahs
by Sy Montgomery
photographs by Nic Bishop
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

by Melissa Stewart and Sarah S. Brannen

by Katherine Roy
Roaring Brook Press

by Steve R. Swinburne
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes
by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton
Candlewick Press

by Rebecca L. Johnson
Millbrook Press


Firefly July
poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko
illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Candlewick Press

by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley
Creative Editions

by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Biography & Memoir

by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace
Calkins Creek (Boyds Mill Press)

by Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin)

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse
by Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press

by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson
Chronicle Books

by Cece Bell
Amulet Books 

by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

by Lois Ehlert
Beach Lane Books

by Stephanie Roth Sisson
Roaring Brook Press

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
by Liz Prince
Zest Books