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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Friday, January 27, 2017

NF sightings at the ALA Midwinter Conference

I’m back!  

On Monday, around midnight, I returned home from the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. I am always tired, yet energized after the conference. I spent a lot of time in committee meetings, attending publisher events, and walking through the Exhibit Hall checking out the 2017 nonfiction titles. It does seem that 2017 will be a great year for amazing nonfiction.

The conference ended, as always, on a high note. The winners of this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards were fantastic. Good job to all who worked so hard all year reading and evaluating the hundreds of titles. 

I loved the winners and honor books! Click here to see the list of winners.

Here are some new nonfiction titles I spotted at the conference that I look forward to reviewing.

Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland
Holiday House

Caroline's Comets: a true story by Emily Arnold McCully
Holiday House

Penguin Day: a family story by Nick Bishop

Noah Webster's Fighting Words 
by Tracy Nelson Bauer; Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu
Millbrook Press

Out of the Box: 25 incredible craft projects you can make from cardboard

Rivers of Sunlight: how the sun moves water around the earth 
by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
Blue Sky Press

Trudy's Big Swim: 
how Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and took the world by storm
by Sue Macy: Illustrated by Matt Collins
Holiday House

Muhammad Ali: a champion is born 
by Gene Barretta; Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Katherine Tegen Books

Amazon Adventure: how tiny fish are saving the world's largest rainforest
by Sy Montgomery; Photographs by Keith Ellenbogen
Scientists in the Field
Houghton Mifflin

Stay tuned!


  1. Welcome back, Louise. I love Sy Montgomery's work--can't wait to read this one. And as a resident bird nerd Birds Make Nests looks like my kind of book. I love the Pileated Woodpeckers on the cover :)

    1. Thanks, Maria. I also love to watch birds (31 more days until the Red-Winged Blackbirds return to my area). I can't wait to get my hands on Garland's book.