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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Monday, December 23, 2019

Our Best of 2019

It is amazing how quickly a year goes by. It seems like just yesterday 2019 began, and here we are selecting this year's favorites, and in a few weeks the ALA Media Awards will be announced from Philadelphia, PA at ALA Midwinter. Cathy and I always wonder if any of the titles we reviewed will win an award. We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?

Without further ado...

The Nonfiction Detectives' Best Of 2019!

by Laura Gehl; Illustrated by Louise Pigott and Alex Oxton

Written by Lori Mortensen; Illustrated by Kristy Caldwell

Janice N. Harrington; Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III

By Margarita Engle; Illustrated by Rafael López

Written by Laurie Wallmark; Illustrated by Katy Wu

by Lela Nargi; illustrated by Harriet Popham

Lost Forest
by Phyllis Root; illustrated by Betsy Brown

by Sy Montgomery; with photos by Roger and Logan Wood

Written and illustrated by Jennifer Thermes

by Carlyn Beccia

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Moth: An Evolution Story
by Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egneus

by Benjamin Grant and Sandra Markle

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A Place to Land
by Barry Wittenstein; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
by Anika Aldamuy Denise; illustrated by Paola Escobar

by Gail Jarrow

Written by Barb Rosenstock; art by Christopher Silas Neal

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Frank Morrison

Barry Wittenstein; iIllustrated by Keith Mallett

by Leslie Bulion; illustrated by Robert Meganck


  1. Thank you Nonfiction Dectectives! I'm delighted to see Away with Words, the Daring Story of Isabella Bird on this list. :-)

  2. Many of my favorites are here too :). I wasn't aware of The Lost Forest--will look for that title! Thank you!! I'm going to miss you guys!