Since I just finished judging the 2013 CYBILS NONFICTION BOOKS, this year my list is my favorite ten 2013 nonfiction books (ok, with a teeny bit of cheating). I've already reviewed most of these, so the links to my reviews are included with the title.
Head over to Julie Balen's site for a compilation of all of the nonfiction lists!
1. FROG SONG by Brenda Z. Guiberson
My own personal CYBILS winner.
2. THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY
Clever, clever book design!
3. Eye on the Wild: Orangutan by Suzi Eszterhas
Really any book in this new series. Perfect for introducing younger kids to nonfiction. Perfect mentor text for older kids.
4. LOOK UP: BIRD WATCHING IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Winner of this year's CYBILS award. An amazing amount of information packed onto each page. And guaranteed to make you want to get out your sketchbook.
5. A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN.
Love this picture book biography. Hope this author/illustrator team have lots more coming.
6. COURAGE HAS NO COLOR by Tanya Lee Stone
The story of the America's first black paratroopers. Too important to miss.
7. ICK! YUCK! EEW! OUR GROSS AMERICAN HISTORY!
Or for the younger set, David Macaulay's TOILET: HOW IT WORKS
8. NELSON MANDELA by Kadir Nelson
(Ok, really any book by Kadir Nelson is a favorite of mine, but this is this year's favorite).
9. Two amazing collage-illustrated nonfiction picture books
PARROTS OVER PUERTO RICO by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumboare
Gorgeous collage illustrations
VOLCANO RISING by Elizabeth Rausch
An unusual look at volcanoes. More beautiful collage illustrations.
10. Two really good books about big animals
SCALY, SPOTTED, FEATHERED, FRILLED by Catherine Thimmesh
THE TAPIR SCIENTISTS by Sy Montgomery
Or any other book in the SCIENTISTS IN THE FIELD series.