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Thursday, June 30, 2022

New Nonfiction Seen at the ALA Annual Conference


I recently attended the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. I spent some my free time visiting the exhibit hall for in search of upcoming or recently released nonfiction titles. I had my phone handy and snapped photos of nonfiction that caught my attention.

Here are some titles I spotted in the exhibit halls and at publisher events.

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement
by Angela Joy
illustrated by Janelle Washington
Roaring Brook Press
Expected Publication Date: August 9, 2022

Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Zest Books/Lerner
Publication Date: Nov. 1, 2022

I Could Not Do Otherwise: The Remarkable Life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
Sara Latta
Zest Books/Lerner
Expected Publication Date: Oct. 4, 2022

    The Lady and the Octopus: How Jeanne Villepreux-Power Invented Aquariums and Revolutionized Marine Biology
by Danna Staaf
Carolrhoda Books/Lerner
Publication Date: Oct. 4, 2022

Troublemakers In Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get It Done
by Sarah Albee
Publication Date: July 22, 2022

Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams
by Andrea J. Loney
illustrated by Keith Mallett
Alfred A. Knopf Books
Expected Publication Date: Sept. 20, 2022

Hanged!: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln
by Sarah Miller
Random House Studio
Expected Publication Date: Nov. 8, 2022

We Have a Dream: Meet 20 Young Indigenous People and People of Color Protecting the Planet
by Dr. Mya-Rose Craif
illustrated by Sabrena Khadija
Harry N. Abrams
Published April 12, 2022

Building an Orchestra of Hope
by Carmen Oliver
illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: Oct. 25, 2022

Peace is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together
by Tanya Lee Stone
Candlewick Press
Publication Date: Sept. 13, 2022

Underground Fire: Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage in the Cherry Mine Disaster
by Sally M. Walker
Candlewick Press
Expected Publication Date: Oct. 11, 2022

Better Than We Found It: Conversations to Help Save the World
by Frederick Joseph and Porsche Joseph
Candlewick Press
Published January 1, 2022

Out of this World: Star Studded Haiku
by Sally M. Walker
illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Candlewick Press
Published April 12, 2022

Cher Ami: Based on the World War I Legend of the Fearless Pigeon
by Melisande Potter
illustrated by Giselle Potter
Christy Ottaviano Books
Published May 31, 2022

by Nell Cross Beckerman
illustrated by Kalen Chock
Orchard Books
Publication Date: Oct. 4, 2022

American Murderer: The Parasite That Haunted the South
by Gail Jarrow
Calkins Creek 
Expected Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2022

Dazzlin' Dolly: The Songwriting, Hit-Singing, Guitar-Picking Dolly Parton
by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
Calkins Creek 
Expected Publication Date: Sept. 20, 2022

Road Trip!: Camping With the Four Vagabonds: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs
by Claudia Friddell
illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Calkins Creek 
Expected Publication Date: Aug. 16, 2022

Jack Knight's Brave Flight: How One Gutsy Pilot Saved the U.S. Air Mail Service
by Jill Esbaum
illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Astra Publishing House
Published March 29, 2022

To the Front!: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam
by Claudia Friddell
illustrated by Christopher Cyr
Calkins Creek
Published March 1, 2022

Life in Hot Water: Wildlife at the Bottom of the Ocean
by Mary Batten
illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
Published June 21, 2022

The Tide Pool Waits
by Candace Fleming
illustrated by Amy Hevron
Neal Porter Books
Published April 1, 2022

A Seed Grows
by Antoinette Portis
Neal Porter Books
Published June 21, 2022

The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey
by Jason Chin
Neal Porter Books
Expected Publication Date: Oct. 18, 2022

One Million Trees: A True Story
by Kristen Balouch
Margaret Ferguson Books
Published March 1, 2022

Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter
by Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long 
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Expected Publication Date: Sept. 20, 2022

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