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The 2015 Nerdies: Nonfiction Winners Announced by Donalyn Miller

We celebrated the Nerdy Book Club Award winners for best nonfiction picture books earlier this week, and today, we honor longer works of nonfiction. These outstanding books take us on a journey through human or natural history—uncovering forgotten stories and revealing Nature’s mysteries.

Each book makes a unique contribution to school, classroom, and home libraries—enhancing children’s understanding of our world and illustrating how one person or dedicated group can make a difference. These engaging titles pair extensive research and lyrical writing into texts that exemplify high-quality children’s and young adult nonfiction.

 

Congratulations to the 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award winners for Best Nonfiction.

 

fatal fever

 

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

 

by Gail Jarrow

 

Calkins Creek

 

Gail Jarrow’s website

 

most dangerous steve sheinkin

 

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

 

by Steve Sheinkin

 

Roaring Brook Press

 

Steve Sheinkin’s website

 

stonewall

 

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

 

by Ann Bausum

 

Viking Books for Young Readers

 

Ann Bausum’s website

 

symphony for the city of the dead

 

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shastakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

 

by M.T. Anderson

 

Candlewick Press

 

M.T. Anderson’s website

 

terrible typhoid mary

 

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

 

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

 

HMH Books for Young Readers

 

Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s website

 

the boys who challenged hitler

 

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

 

by Phillip Hoose

 

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

 

Phillip Hoose’s website

 

octopus scientists

 

The Octopus Scientist

 

by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Keith Ellenbogen

 

HMH Books For Young Readers

 

Sy Montgomery’s website

 

untamed

 

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

 

by Anita Silvey

 

National Geographic Children’s Books

 

Anita Silvey’s website

 

why'd they wear that

 

Why’d They Wear That: Fashion as the Mirror of History

 

by Sarah Albee

 

National Geographic Children’s Books

 

Sarah Albee’s website

 

 

rhythm ride

 

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound

 

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

 

Roaring Brook Press

 

Andrea Davis Pinkney’s website

 

Donalyn Miller has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade English and Social Studies in Northeast Texas. She is the author of two books about encouraging students to read, The Book Whisperer (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2013). Donalyn co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk (with Nerdy Book Club co-founder, Colby Sharp) and the Best Practices Roots (#bproots) chat with Teri Lesesne. Donalyn launched the annual Twitter summer and holiday reading initiative, #bookaday. You can find her on Twitter at @donalynbooks or under a pile of books somewhere, happily reading.