Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I'm out of town, but these are great

I love the Orbis Pictus awards. They are a nonfiction book award for young kids up through middle grade, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. I always try to have my kids read them all throughout the year.

This year's winner is my first advisor during my master's degree at VCFA, Leda Schubert. I love her book, Monsieur Marceau: Actor with Words. I've read it to my first grader's classroom and my fifth grader's classroom with equal success.

I'm out of town right now, and don't have time to post more, but here is the list of books this year and here is the link to the Orbis Pictus awards. They vary in word count and overall length, but there are always plenty of pictures and photographs in every book. Even if the text is too old for your kids, the pictures are not! Scan your way through past years, seriously, these represent the best in nonfiction available to kids today.


2013 Winning Titles

Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words
Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words
illustrated by GĂ©rard DuBois

Honor Books
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard
by Loree Griffin Burns, photographs by Ellen Harasimonwicz (Henry Holt & Company)
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
by Robert Byrd (Dial Books for Young Readers)
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
by Elizabeth Rusch (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
Those Rebels, John & Tom
by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edward Fotheringham (Scholastic)
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
by Cynthia Levinson (Peachtree Publishers)
Recommended Books
A Black Hole is NOT a Hole
by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, illustrated by Michael Carroll (Charlesbridge Publishing)
Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
by Russell Freedman (Clarion Books)
The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician
by Gail Jarrow (Calkins Creek)
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick Press)
The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery
by Sandra Markle (Millbrook Press)
Chuck Close: Face Book
by Chuck Close (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books
by Karen Leggett Abouraya, illustrated by Susan L. Roth (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
by Claire A. Nivola  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 

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