Best of 2011: Children's Nonfiction

Best of 2011: Children's Nonfiction
Posted by Barbara Raab on Thu, 01/05/2012 - 10:22am

At the end of each year, newspapers and children’s review journals publish lists of the best children’s books of the year.  With thousands of children’s books published each year, it’s no surprise that there is not a consensus between the lists as to which the best books of the year are. 

 Here are three nonfiction books that appear on multiple lists.


Amelia Lost:  The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
by Candace Fleming

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This engaging biography contains photos, maps, and handwritten notes that make the story of Amelia Earhart come alive. (Grades 4-7)


Heart and Soul: The story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson

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Narrated by a fictional woman who recounts the history of African Americans from colonial times through the last presidential election by telling personal stories, this beautiful book is illustrated with portraits of famous and forgotten people. (Grades 4 and up).


Can We Save the Tiger?
by Martin Jenkins

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Geared toward younger children, this description of endangered species and the impact that humans have on animals features illustrations of tigers and 27 other species. (Preschool-Grade 2)