My Top 30 Children’s Nonfiction Books of 2014

Here are my picks for the best nonfiction titles for children from this past year.  The list includes books of poetry and nursery rhymes along with more factual forms of nonfiction.  Enjoy!

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents 17320985

Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents by Lita Judge

A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

Brown Girl Dreaming 21892530

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza by J. L. Powers

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sounds of Joy Is Enlightening by Chris Raschka

Dare the Wind: The Record-breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud by Tracey E. Fern, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Edward Hopper Paints His World Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World

Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh

Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins

17870871 Firefly July A Year of Very Short Poems

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko

Goodnight Songs Grandfather Gandhi

Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk

Hi, Koo! A Home for Mr. Emerson

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons By Jon J. Muth

A Home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

How I Discovered Poetry The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan

20388100 Little Poems for Tiny Ears

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrated by Gilbert Ford

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Not My Girl Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems

Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian, illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus The Scraps Book

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Fisher Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

A list of diverse and empowering books for girls.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Celebrating EMMANUEL’S DREAM: An Interview with @sean_qualls https://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/interview-with-sean-qualls/ …

Keren David’s top 10 books about adopted and fostered children | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1tOiHU9 #kidlit

Morris Gleitzman: Some of my books are serious & some are funny but to me they are not so very different – http://buff.ly/1s1lRs6 #kidlit

The Official SCBWI Blog: Spend Some Time With Brian Selznick on Reading Rockets http://buff.ly/1tQCHuX #kidlit

Thinking about school as a privilege – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1DfVYZy #kidlit

Watership Down author Richard Adams: I just can’t do humans | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1xOPdt0 #kidlit

Which All-of-a-Kind Family Sibling Are You http://buff.ly/1ABurzB #kidlit – No surprise here, I got Sarah!

LIBRARIES

Finding a Balance at the New York Public Library – WSJ http://buff.ly/1wKkVDI #libraries

The Future of Libraries Has Nothing to Do with Books http://buff.ly/1AwwtRn #libraries

Ohio libraries fear more state cuts http://buff.ly/1wdb5eA #libraries

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools| Yohuru Williams | http://buff.ly/13TxZzY #librarians

Siobhan A. Reardon: LJ’s 2015 Librarian of the Year http://buff.ly/1BGDygA #libraries

Wagons Ho! in Downingtown help with move to new library http://buff.ly/1vTTY0k #libraries

Wayne County Library system future uncertain http://buff.ly/14i6C3D #libraries

What is a library? – The Week http://buff.ly/1zXbZgw #libraries

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." Jean Rhys #reading www.OneMorePress.com

READING

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book | Edutopia http://buff.ly/1HzCtuF #kidlit #reading

audioBoom / Podcast Special: Neil Gaiman talks to Index on Censorship http://buff.ly/1tOijVy #censorship

TEEN READS

3 On A YA Theme: Trans* Experiences and Identities – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1tOW9bm #yalit

Interview: Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon on their YA Novel About Teenage Malcolm X | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/14pEf3w #yalit

Jennifer Niven’s top 10 teen books to save your life | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1Dbhhst #yalit

Kids & Family Reading Report

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Scholastic has released the results of their 5th national survey on children and reading.  The entire report is available online.  Their key findings are:

  • Half of all children ages 6-17 are currently reading a book for fun and another in five, just finished one.
  • 86% of parents say reading books for fun is extremely or very important, but only 46% of children agree.
  • 75% of parents agree that they want their children to read more books for fun and 71% would like to see their children do less screen time.

There’s lots more data to read and encouragement for families to continue reading aloud at home, sharing books with even the youngest of children, and finding books that inspire children to read for fun.