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Friday, November 25, 2022

Nonfiction News- November 2022


Orbis Pictus Award

The 2023 Orbis Pictus Awards for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children were announced at the NCTE Annual Conference last week. 

2023 Orbis Pictus Winner

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky
by Nan Ekua Brew-Hammond
illustrated by Daniel Minter

Honor Book

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement
by Angela Joy
illustrated by Janelle Washington

Honor Book

Fighting for Yes!: The Story of Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger

Honor Book

Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association
by Fred Bowen
illustrated by James E. Ransome

 Honor Book

Seen and Unseen 
by Elizabeth Partridge
illustrated by Lauren Tamaki

                 Mock Awards and Sibert Smackdown

This is the time of year when mock book award programs are in full swing. Melissa Stewart recently revealed the list of Sibert Smackdown titles. Stewart has selected 12 nonfiction picture books for students in grades 3-8. Educators will find resources on the Sibert Smackdown post including a worksheet for evaluating the titles.

Anderson's Book Shop has also published its list of Mock Sibert titles published in 2022.

Best of 2022 Book Lists

It's also the time of year when reviewers, journals and blogs post their lists of best books and favorite books of the year. Here are a few lists of nonfiction books we've seen so far.

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