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.
written and illustrated by Jason Chin
Jason Chin reminds his readers that “it’s imagination that makes science and art possible.” Chin’s pen and ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations, artful placement of cut-outs, marginalia, diagrams, and a climactic gatefold, combined with vivid verbs and crisp text, offers readers an extraordinary glimpse into millions of years of natural history, geology, evolution, and adaptation. Strong science and stunning visuals make Grand Canyon a masterpiece!
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One (Readers to Eaters)
Authors Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee remix authentic language and engaging text with eye-popping graffiti art by Man One. In this culinary celebration, cooking with love becomes food for the soul.
Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton, illustrated by Victo Ngai (Millbrook Press)
This brilliantly illustrated book highlights an historical event that is not known to many. Chris Barton and Victo Ngai tell the story of a much needed subterfuge to save British and American naval ships from constant attack..
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris (Chronicle Books)
A timely and moving reminder of one of the principles our country was founded on, framed in vibrant construction paper and ink illustrations.
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Stitched for warmth and comfort, these vibrant bed coverings eventually found their way from the beds of rural Alabama to the walls of the finest museums in the country.
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter (Beach Lane Books)
The book shares how Zaha was inspired to create astonishing buildings by looking closely at the beauty of the world around her, and may just invite readers to start looking too