ALSC Notable Children’s Books Nominees–Informational and Nonfiction

I always look forward to the list of titles under consideration for the Notable Children’s Book list from ALSC. Notable books must be “worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding.” The list includes books for birth through age 14.

Here are the informational and nonfiction titles that will be discussed at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference.



Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why by Lita Judge

The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes


Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Stay: the True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean, illustrated by KC Bailey and Stephen Kazmierski




Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley

Freedom’s A-Calling Me by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Rod Brown


I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Michele Wood

In the Sea by David Elliott, illustrated by Holly Meade

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld


Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems by Kate Coombs, illustrated by Meilo So




Best Shot in the West: The Adventures of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack, illustrated by Randy DuBurke

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close


Steve Jobs: The Man Who Though Different by Karen Blumenthal

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery




The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns


First Girl Scout: the Life of Juliette Gordon Low by Ginger Wadsworth

Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices by Gwenyth Swain


Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson