Orbis Pictus Award
The Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children recognizes books which demonstrate excellence in the "writing of nonfiction for children." It is awarded annually by the National Council of Teachers of English to one American book published the previous year. Up to five titles may be designated as Honor Books. The award is named after the book considered to be the first picture book for children, Orbis Pictus (The World in Pictures), by John Amos Comenius, which was published in 1657. The award has recognized one book annually without exception since it was inaugurated in 1990.
|Orbis Pictus Award|
|Awarded for||Excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children|
|Presented by||National Council of Teachers of English|
- The book must be "nonfiction literature which has as its central purpose the sharing of information". Biographies are welcome, but not "textbooks, historical fiction, folklore, or poetry".
- The book must have been published during the previous calendar year in the United States.
- The book must meet the literary criteria of accuracy, organization, design and style.
- Additionally, the book "should be useful in classroom teaching grades K-8, should encourage thinking and more reading, model exemplary expository writing and research skills, share interesting and timely subject matter, and appeal to a wide range of ages."
|2018||Grand Canyon||Jason Chin||Jason Chin|
|2017||Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White||Melissa Sweet||Melissa Sweet|
|2016||Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans||Don Brown||Don Brown|
|2015||The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia||Candace Fleming|
|2014||A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin||Jen Bryant||Melissa Sweet|
|2013||Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words||Leda Schubert||Gérard DuBois|
|2012||Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade||Melissa Sweet|
|2011||Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring||Jan Greenberg and
|2010||The Secret World of Walter Anderson||Hester Bass||E. B. Lewis|
|2009||Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator||Shelley Tanaka||David Craig|
|2008||M.L.K.: Journey of a King||Tonya Bolden|
|2007||Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea||Sy Montgomery||Nic Bishop (photos)|
|2006||Children of the Great Depression||Russell Freedman|
|2005||York's Adventures with Lewis and Clark: An African-American's Part in the Great Expedition||Rhoda Blumberg|
|2004||An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793||Jim Murphy|
|2003||When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: The Voice of a Century||Pam Munoz Ryan||Brian Selznick|
|2002||Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850||Susan Campbell Bartoletti|
|2001||Hurry Freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California||Jerry Stanley|
|2000||Through My Eyes||Ruby Bridges|
|1999||Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance||Jennifer Armstrong|
|1998||An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly||Laurence Pringle||Bob Marstall|
|1997||Leonardo da Vinci||Diane Stanley|
|1996||The Great Fire||Jim Murphy|
|1995||Safari Beneath the Sea: The Wonder World of the North Pacific Coast||Diane Swanson|
|1994||Across America on an Emigrant Train||Jim Murphy|
|1993||Children in the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp||Jerry Stanley|
|1992||Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh||Robert Burleigh||Mike Wimmer|
|1991||Franklin Delano Roosevelt||Russell Freedman|
|1990||The Great Little Madison||Jean Fritz|
Two writers and no distinct illustrators have won the Orbis Pictus Award more than once.
- Cullinan, Bernice E. and Diane Goetz Person. The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. New York: Continuum, 2001.
- "NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children". National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Retrieved 2013-12-10.
- Moss, Barbara. Exploring the Literature of Fact: Children's Nonfiction Trade Books in the Elementary Classroom: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy. Guilford Publications, 2002.
- "Award-Winning Books for Children". Reading Is Fundamental. Archived from the original on October 14, 2003. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
- "Bulletin board". Children's Literature Association Quarterly 15.4 (Winter 1990): 227.
- "Awards Prizes and Organizations". Children's Literature Association Quarterly 19.2 (Summer 1994): 72-73.
- Wilson, Sandip. "Getting Down to Facts in Children's Nonfiction Literature: A Case for the Importance of Sources". Journal of Children's Literature 32.1 (Spring 2006): 56-63.
- "The Orbis Pictus Award" (PDF). jfklibrary.org. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
- Bamford, Rosemary and Janice V Kristo, editors. Making Facts Come Alive: Choosing Quality Nonfiction Literature K-8. Christopher-Gordon Publishers, 2003.
- "The 2009 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for outstanding Nonfiction". Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews. March 19, 2009.
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 62.8 (April 2009): 343–45. "Children's Book Awards 2009."
- Dawes, Erika Thulin. 2006 Children's Literature Award Winners: Classroom Response Guide. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
- http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=1605 |
- A New "Picture of the World": The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, Language Arts 68.6 (October 1991): 474–79
- The Best in Children's Nonfiction: Reading, Writing, & Teaching Orbis Pictus Award Books published by National Council of Teachers of English, 2001