December 31


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: 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: 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.