Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Best Nonfiction of 2020 Roundup

Next Monday is a big day in children’s literature. The winners of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards will be announced. So today seems like a good time to look back at some of the highly-regarded titles published last year.

There’s no doubt about it. 2020 was a phenomenal 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
Sibert Smackdown! (picture books)

Sibert Showdown! (MG science titles)

Individual Lists

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Nonfiction Picture Books

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Nonfiction Books for Older Readers

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Unique Biographies

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: Science & Nature Books

Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production: American History

My favorite STEM titles


Group Lists
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize Finalists

CRA Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards

Cybils Award: Elementary Nonfiction Finalists

Cybils Award: Middle Grade Nonfiction Finalists

Cybils Award: High School Nonfiction Finalists

Nerdy Book Club: Nonfiction Picture Books

Nerdy Book Club: Long-form Nonfiction

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award

NSTA-CBC Best STEM Book

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

 

Library Lists

Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers

Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Older Readers

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids: Nonfiction


Review Journals
Booklist Editor’s Choice Books for Youth
(Would you believe nonfiction is first on this list? Hooray!)

Horn Book Fanfare 2020  
(Scroll to bottom for nonfiction.)

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book Biography of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Informational Picture Books of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Biography and Memoir of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade History of 2020

Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Nonfiction of 2020

SLJ Best Nonfiction of 2020

Now it’s time to look ahead to 2021. So far, it seems like we’re going to have another great year of nonfiction. Time to start reading! 

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