Award of the Week: Orbis Pictus Award


The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award® was established in 1989 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. Orbis Pictus commemorates Johannes Amos Comenius’ work, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1658), considered to be the first book actually planned for children.

Each nomination should meet the following criteria: accuracy, organization, design, and style. In addition, each nomination 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 Winner
9781596439504 Grand Canyon
By: Jason Chin

An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain.

2018 Honor Books
9780983661597 Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix 
By: Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee
Illustrated by: Man One

In this culinary celebration, cooking with love becomes food for the soul.

9781512410143 Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion 
By: Chris Barton
Illustrated by: Victo Ngai

When the British Royal Navy grew desperate to protect their ships from German U-Boat attacks, they created Dazzle ships in order to confuse the enemy of their location and destination.

9781452162812 Her Right Foot 
By: Dave Eggers
Illustrated by: Shawn Harris

A timely and moving reminder of one of the principles of our country, to keep moving forward, framed in vibrant construction paper and ink illustrations.

9781419721311 The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
By: Susan Goldman Rubin

Stitched for warmth and comfort, these vibrant bed coverings eventually found their way from the beds of rural Alabama to the walls of the finest museums in the country.

148144669X The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid 
By: Jeanette Winter

A biography of architect Zaha Hadid, who grew up in Baghdad and went on to design buildings all over the world.


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