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.

2018 Winner


Grand Canyon

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!







Honor Books