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Two intrepid librarians review the best nonfiction books for children

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Nonfiction News- February 2022



Mary Ann Cappiello of Lesley University and Xenia Hadjioannou of Penn State University have launched the #KidsLoveNonfiction campaign. They are asking the New York Times to report children's nonfiction bestsellers in three categories: picture book, middle grade and young adult. You can support the initiative by signing the online petition

2021 CYBILS Winners Announced

 The 2021 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (CYBILS) were announced this week. The CYBILS recognize books for literary merit and kid appeal.

Here are the winners in the nonfiction categories.

Elementary Nonfiction
Bartali's Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali Italy's Secret Hero
by Megan Hoyt
illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Middle Grade Nonfiction Winner
Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers & Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing
by Rochelle Melander
illustrated by Melina Ontiveros

High School Nonfiction Winner
 Punching Bag by Rex Ogle

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Movie

Award winning nonfiction book for teens, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, is being made into a movie called Spark. Maine author, Phillip Hoose, won a National Book Award and received a Sibert Honor and Newbery Honor for his biography of Colvin.

2022 Cook Prize Finalists

The Bank Street College of Education announced finalists for the 2022 Cook Prize. The Cook Prize is recognizes the best STEM picture book of the year. The winning title will be selected by 3rd and 4th grade students in March and April. Educators can complete this form to register students to participate.

Butterfly for a King
by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood's Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife
by Meeg Pincus and Alexander Vidal

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazzalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem
by Colleen Paeff and Nancy Carpenter

Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small 
by Dr. Jess Wade and Melissa Castrillon


  1. Congrats to all the winners and finalists. I've reviewed three of the Cook Prize finalists. They're fabulous! Will have to find Butterfly for a King.

  2. For some reason I am unable to leave a comment on the post for Tonya's book, but hearty congrats to her. Shirley Chisholm was a true visionary!