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

Gail Jarrow’s website

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer and Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s website

Monique Gray Smith’s website

Nicole Neidhardt’s website

Close Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam by Mary Cronk Farrell

Mary Cronk Farrell’s website

Hardcourt: Stories from 75 Years of the National Basketball Association by Fred Bowen, illustrated by James E. Ransome

Fred Bowen’s website

James E. Ransome’s website

Heroines, Rescuers, Rabbis, Spies: Unsung Women of the Holocaust by Sarah Silberstein Swartz, illustrated by Liz Parkes

Sarah Silberstein Swartz’s Author Page

Liz Parkes’s Instagram

Hope Wins: A Collection of Inspiring Stories for Young Readers edited by Rose Little-Brock

Rose Brock’s website

Hope Wins page

How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by John Gurche

Pamela S. Turner’s website

John Gurche’s website

Mammoth Math: Everything You Need to Know About Numbers by David Macaulay

David Macaulay’s Wikipedia page

Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime by Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming’s website

My Big Book of Outdoors by Tim Hopgood

Tim Hopgood’s website

Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together by Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone’s website

Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer, illustrated by Jules Zuckerberg

Eliot Schrefer’s website

Jules Zuckerberg’s Instagram

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lang, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge

Elizabeth Partridge’s website

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi’s website

The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale: Restoring an Island Ecosystem by Nancy F. Castaldo, photographs by Morgan Heim

Nancy F. Castaldo’s website

Morgan Heim’s website

The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner by Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss’s website

Troublemakers in Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get Things Done by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Kaja Kajfez 

Sarah Albee’s website

Kaja Kajfez’s Instagram

Unequal: A Story of America by Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Favreau

Michael Eric Dyson’s website

Marc Favreau’s Twitter

What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise by Dr. Seema Yasmin

Dr. Seema Yasmin’s website

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.