10 Best Nonfiction Books for Children in 2016

It was a wonderful year for nonfiction books for children, particularly those with a focus on diversity. I only wish I had managed to read more of them. Here are the ones I enjoyed most this year:

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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

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The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome

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Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

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The Secret Subway by Shana Corey, illustrated by Red Nose Studio

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet

Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice and Hope in a New Land by John Coy, photographs by Wing Young Huie

3 thoughts on “10 Best Nonfiction Books for Children in 2016

  1. So many great titles here, Tasha. I especially loved Preaching to the Chickens & Cloth Lullaby. The only one I haven’t yet read is My Story, My Dance, so I’ll definitely check that one out–thank you & happy 2017!


  2. Honored to find SIX DOTS on your list!! A great group of titles here–and I’m with Maria G above . . . I haven’t yet read MY STORY,MY DANCE and will absolutely get it today. We’re huge Alvin Ailey fans/ supporters here in my house, so I’m so glad you connected me to the title.
    Many thanks, once again for including “Louis” here–it was his birthday yesterday, so a nice gift:)


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