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Monday, January 11, 2016

NF Sightings at the ALA Midwinter Conference

Today I returned home from the ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston where thousands of librarians, authors and publishers took over Beantown. I'm tired yet energized after spending time with fellow librarians, attending committee meetings and publisher events, and viewing 2016 titles in the Exhibit Hall. I also had the pleasure of attending book previews hosted by Scholastic, Candlewick Press, Chronicle, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Holiday House and Boyds Mill Press. 2016 looks like a year for more amazing nonfiction, especially science books as well as books about presidents.

I ended the conference by waking up very early to attend the ALA Youth Media Awards this morning where nonfiction books received a lot of love. (Look for an awards blog post later this week.)


Thanks to Candlewick Press for the visit to their office in Somerville, MA.

Here are some of the new, nonfiction titles spotted at the ALA Midwinter conference. 

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman
Clarion Books

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen 
by Carole Boston Weatherford and Jeffrey Boston Weatherford
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre and Kelly Murphy
Boyds Mill Press

Science Comics: Dinosaurs
by MK Reed and Joe Flood
First Second
Hillary by Jonah Winter and Raul Colon
Schwartz & Wade

Grover Cleveland, Again! by Ken Burns and Gerald Kelley
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colon
Simon & Schuster

Bridge to the Wild by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell
HMH Books for Young Readers

The Story of Seeds by Nancy F. Castaldo
HMH Books for Young Readers

Crossing Niagara by Matt Tavares

The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow
Calkins Creek

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass 
written by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Orchard Books- Scholastic

Around America to Win the Vote by Mara Rockliff and Hadley Hooper

The Secret Subway by Shana Corey and Red Nose Studio
Schwartz & Wade

Dorothea’s Eyes by Barb Rosenstock and Gerard DuBois
Calkins Creek

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan and Thomas Gonzalez
Peachtree Publishing

Will’s Words: How Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
by Janet Sutcliffe and John Shelley

Masters of Disguise: Amazing Animal Tricks by Rebecca L. Johnson

Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta
Henry Holt and Co.

To the Stars: The First American Woman to Walk in Space
by Carmella Van Vleet, Dr. Kathy Sullivan and Nicole Wong


  1. Oh my, SO many great nonfiction coming out! I cannot wait to find these titles—2016 seems like an awesome year for NF!

  2. Hooray! For all the true stories taking honors and medals on Monday, incl. Caldecott winner FINDING WINNIE by Sophie Blackall! I'll be looking out for these wonderful new nonfiction books. Thanks for the wonderful list from Charlesbridge, HMH for Young Readers, Boyds Mill Press, Candlewick et al.!

  3. Wow! So many great titles here! I'm a huge fan both of April Pulley Sayre & Sy Montgomery, so I'm really looking forward to those titles as well as Some Writer--love Melissa Sweet's work so much! I just got Two Friends out of the library too. Thanks for the great list & heads up!

  4. Thanks for TBR list is getting longer!

  5. So many of these look amazing! I am looking forward to reading many of them. Something about the cover of Secret Subway really appeals to me so I am especially wanting that one.

  6. This post makes me so happy! Already nonfiction picture book wishing . . .