Congrats to Our NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Winners!

The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children was announced Saturday during the organization’s annual conference in Minneapolis.

According to NCTE’s website, “The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award was established in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures(1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children.”

The 2016 Winner is Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown! Drowned City has six starred reviews and is a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. “This book could almost make its point on the powerful illustrations alone, but Brown’s precise language secures the historical details in an unforgettable way,” says the New York Times. Read more about this powerful book here.

Five Honor books were also named, including Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. Congrats to Susan and her fellow Honor winners!

The full list of Honor-winning books includes:

  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
  • Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares (Candlewick)
  • Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno (Candlewick)
  • Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Chronicle Books)
  • Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

For more information on the award, visit the NCTE website here.

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