NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
The world of children's literature contains a variety of genres, all of which have appeal to the diverse interests of children as well as potential for classroom teaching. In recent years, however, nonfiction or information books have emerged as a very attractive, exciting, and popular genre. NCTE, through the Committee on the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, has established an annual award 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 award is presented by the Orbis Pictus Committee Chair during the Books for Children Luncheon at the NCTE Annual Convention each year. Although only one title is singled out for the award, up to five Honor Books are also recognized.
2009 Winning Titles
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator
by Shelley Tanaka, illustrated by David Craig
(Abrams Books for Young Readers)
- George Washington Carver by Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
- The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade Books)
- Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman (Holiday House)
- We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (Hyperion Books for Children)
- When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, illustrated by Dan and Cassie Hartman (Walker Books for Young Readers)