Non-Fiction Picture Books for 2011

Orbis Pictus Award by National Council of Teachers of English for best Non-Fiction Picture Books – See First Place, Honor, and Recommended Titles for 2011.

First Place:  Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan illustrated by Brian Floca (Roaring Brook Press)

Honor Books

  • Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner (Calkins Creek)
  • Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael O. Tunnell
  • If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Mark Aronson
    (National Geographic)
  • Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures by Rebecca L. Johnson
    (Millbrook Press)
  • Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age by Cheryl Bardoe
    (Abrams Books for Young Readers).

Recommended Books

  • Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier
    (Little, Brown & Company)
  • The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Suzy) by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by
    Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic Press)
  • For Good Measure by Ken Robbins (Roaring Brook Press)
  • Henry Aaron’s Dream by Matt Tavares (Candlewick Press)
  • Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Polar Bears by Mark Newman (Henry Holt and Company)
  • They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
    by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Houghton Mifflin).

Best in Children’s Nonfiction, The: Reading, Writing, & Teaching Orbis Pictus Award Books. See Paperback (Nov. 2001) by Myra Zarnowski, Richard M. Kerper, and Julie M. Jensen

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