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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Monday, January 29, 2018

Best Nonfiction Books of 2017

Louise's favorite titles from 2017!

In past years Cathy and I have worked together to create our list of favorite nonfiction books, but not this year. Because Cathy is serving on a book award committee, she has been unable to publicly review or write about books throughout 2017. I worked solo on this list and made my selections based on books I have read over the past year. Reviews are linked in the list below. 

I am thrilled to announce that Cathy will return to blogging and reviewing for The Nonfiction Detectives in March. Yeah!

by Dashka Slater
Farrar Straus Giroux

by Sy Montgomery
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

University of Minnesota Press

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
Roaring Brook Press

edited by Cell Jensen
Algonquin Books of Chappel Hill

by Doug Wechsier

by Sandra Uwiringlyimana and Abigail Pesta
Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

Roaring Brook Press

by Elizabeth Rusch
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

by Loree Griffin
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Candlewick Press

by Dean Robbins
Alfred A. Knopf

by Jeanne Walker Harvey
Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt

by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Roaring Brook Press

by Sue Macy
National Geographic

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters
by Michael Mahin

by Greg Pizzoli

by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm
Blue Sky Press/Scholastic

by Carole Boston
Candlewick Press

by Deborah Heiligman
Godwin Books/Henry Holt

by Jeanette Winter
Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster

Jack Gantos

Thanks, everyone. 
I am looking forward to 2018!


  1. Great list. So hard to pick from all the wonderful NF titles this year!

  2. Thanks for the recs, Louise!

    I especially loved Creekfinding and the Toad book (as well as many others, but How to Be an Elephant just popped into my head).

  3. Appreciations. With books such as these, we are all winners.