Friday, January 20, 2017

Best Nonfiction of 2016 Roundup

Next Monday is the ALA Youth Media Awards, so it seems like a good time to look back some highly-regarded titles published last year.

There’s no doubt about it. 2016 was a great year for nonfiction, and it seems like more people were paying attention than ever before.
Here’s a roundup of the lists I’m aware of. Please let me know if there are others I should add.

Mock Sibert Lists

The staff at Anderson’s Bookstore

My list

Individual Lists

Betsy Bird at A Fuse 8 Production: Nonfiction Picture Books

Cathy Potter at Nonfiction Detectives

Michele Knott at Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook

My favorite STEM Titles

Group Lists
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize

Best STEM Book
(This is a new list. The committee includes a wide variety of science educators, and it's co-sponsored by the Children's Book Council.)

Cybils: Nonfiction MG/YA Finalists

Cybils: Nonfiction Juvenile/Elementary Finalists

Nerdy Book Club: Long-form Nonfiction

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students

And now, it’s time to look ahead to 2017. Here’s Michele Knott’s list of nonfiction books she’s looking forward to in the new year.

From the looks of it, we’re going to have another great year of nonfiction. Time to start reading!


  1. I'm very excited to watch the YMAs! Thanks for compiling all of these great lists, Melissa.

    Here's another one from Betsy Bird's December lists, Science & Nature Books for Kids:

    There are several titles here included in some of her other lists, but a few new ones as well. And she also mentions how science books are often overlooked in favor of biographies. And there's a hat tip to you as well there :).

    Thanks for being such a strong advocate for science-y books. And I really appreciate all your support & enthusiasm for Coyote Moon! Can't wait until 2018 when I'll have two NF books releasing.

    And looking forward to the Aardvark book! :)

  2. Thanks for your note, Maria. My post today is focusing on lists that celebrate nonfiction titles published in 2016. The Science & Nature list you mention features fiction as well as nonfiction titles, so even though it's a good list, it's not appropriate to add here.

    I'm a big fan of Coyote Moon and am looking forward to reading your 2018 titles. But for now, I'm excited to dig into what's coming out in 2017.

  3. Thanks so much for compiling these lists and for including my list as well! I am presenting to a school in just over a week about using more nonfiction titles in the classroom and was just about to update my NF resource lists. This will be so helpful! I just had a Skype session with Ricki Ginsberg's preservice students on Wednesday and was sharing a handful of titles I love at the end. I was raving about your book No Monkeys for Chocolate and directed them to your website as such a rich resource. Thanks for all you do!

  4. That's great news, Carrie. Thanks so much.