THE 2022 NERDIES: LONG FORM NONFICTION ANNOUNCED BY DONALYN MILLER
This year’s winners of the 2022 Nerdy Book Club Awards for Long Form Nonfiction take young people from botany to basketball–increasing their awareness and appreciation of our interconnected world and our shared and diverse experiences.
Congratulations to the authors, illustrators, and publishers of these outstanding nonfiction books!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to consider and nominate books. Your recommendations will inspire and engage young readers.
American Murder: The Parasite that Haunted the South by Gail Jarrow
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer and Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt
Close Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam by Mary Cronk Farrell
Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association by Fred Bowen, illustrated by James E. Ransome
Heroines, Rescuers, Rabbis, Spies: Unsung Women of the Holocaust by Sarah Silberstein Swartz, illustrated by Liz Parkes
Hope Wins: A Collection of Inspiring Stories for Young Readers edited by Rose Little-Brock
How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by John Gurche
Mammoth Math: Everything You Need to Know About Numbers by David Macaulay
Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime by Candace Fleming
My Big Book of Outdoors by Tim Hopgood
Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together by Tanya Lee Stone
Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer, illustrated by Jules Zuckerberg
Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lang, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge
Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi
The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale: Restoring an Island Ecosystem by Nancy F. Castaldo, photographs by Morgan Heim
The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner by Marissa Moss
Troublemakers in Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get Things Done by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Kaja Kajfez
Unequal: A Story of America by Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Favreau
What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise by Dr. Seema Yasmin
Donalyn Miller is a Texas educator and the author or co-author of numerous books, articles, blog posts, and speeches about engaging young people with reading and ensuring meaningful book access. Her most recent books are The Joy of Reading (2022) co-written with Teri Lesesne and The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library (2022) co-written with Colby Sharp. Donalyn lives near the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio with her spouse and his goblin dog. You can find her online on Twitter and Instagram.