2015 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award

The National Council of Teachers of English have announced the 2015 winner, honor books and recommended books for the Orbis Pictus Award.  The award was created in 1989 to promote and recognize excellence in writing of children’s nonfiction. 

2015 Winner

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

 

Honor Books

A Home for Mr. Emerson Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

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

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

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation

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

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

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Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson

 

Recommended Books

18172993 Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World

Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cats by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop

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

The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement 20388100

The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement by Teri Kanefield

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

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands The Scraps Book

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

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

The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero Strike!: The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights

The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Terry Widener

Strike!: The Farm Worker’s Fight for Their Rights by Larry Dane Brimner

2015 NCTE Charlotte Huck Book Award

The National Council of Teachers of English has announced the winners, honor books and recommended titles for the Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children.  This award was established in 2014 and promotes and recognizes excellence in writing.  “This award recognizes fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.”

2015 Charlotte Huck Award Winner

Rain Reign

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

 

Honor Books

Absolutely Almost The Crossover El Deafo

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The Farmer and the Clown Revolution

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

 

Recommended Titles

A Snicker of Magic Draw! The Madman of Piney Woods

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Draw by Raul Colon

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Meaning of Maggie The Most Magnificent Thing

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Otis and the Scarecrow The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

The Turtle of Oman: A Novel

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye