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Instructional Media Center: Orbis Pictus Award



"The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award  was established in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. The name Orbis Pictus, commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children." -- NCTE


There are three book awards given: Winner, Honor and Recommended.


2017 Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White -- Sweet B W582s

2016 Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans -- Brown  976.044 B812d

2015 The Family Romanov: rebellion & the fall of Imperial Russia -- Fleming 947.08 F629f

2014 A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin -- Bryant 759.13 B841s

2013 Monsieur Marceau: Actor without words -- Schubert B M331S

2012 Balloons over Broadway: the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's parade -- Sweet B Sa73S

2011 Ballet for Martha: making Appalachian Spring 792.8 G829b

2010 The secret world of Walter Anderson -- Bass B An255B

2009 Amelia Earhart: the legend of the lost aviator -- Tanaka B Ea72T

2008 M.L.K.: journey of a King -- Bolden B K585Bo

2007 Quest for the tree kangaroon: an expedition to the cloud forest of New Guinea -- Montgomery 599.2 M767q

2006 Children of the Great Depression -- 973.91 F875c

2005 York's adventures with Lewis and Clark: an African-American's part in the great expedition -- Blumberg B Y82B

2004 An American plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 -- Murphy 614.5 M954a

2003 When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson: the voice of a century -- Ryan B An24R

2002 Black potatoes: the story of the great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 -- Bartoletti 941.5081 B285b

2001 Hurry freedom: African Americans in Gold Rush California -- J. Stanley

2000 Through my eyes -- Bridges B B764B

1999 Shipwreck at the bottom of the world: the extraordinary true story of Shackleton and the Endurance -- Armstrong 919.8 Ar57s

1998 An extraordinary life: the story of the monarch butterfly -- Pringle 597.78 P936e

1997 Leonardo da Vinci -- D. Stanley 709.45 St35l

1996 The great fire -- Murphy 977.3 M954g

1995 Safari beneath the sea: the wonder world of the North Pacific coast -- Swanson

1994 Across America on an emigrant train -- Murphy B St48M

1993 Children of the dust bowl: the true story of the school at Weedpatch Camp -- J. Stanley 371.96 St25c

1992 Flight: the journey of Charles Lindbergh -- Burleigh 629.13 B924f

1991 Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- Freedman B R676F

1990 The great little Madison -- Fritz B M266F


Honor Books Current year - 2005

2017 Animals by the numbers: A book of animal infographics -- Jenkins 590.72 J41an

The first step: How one girl put segregation on trial -- Goodman 344.744 G622f

Giant squid -- Fleming 594.58 F6286gi

I dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark -- Levy  GINSBURG B G435L

Olinguito, de la A a la Z: Descubriendo el busque nublado/Olinguito, from A to Z: Unveiling the Cloud Forest -- Delacre 599.763 D371o

2016  Funny bones: Posada and his Day of the Dead calaveras -- Tonatiuh 769.92 T61f

Growing up Pedro -- Tavares  MARTINEZ B M365T

Swan: The life and dance of Anna Pavlova Snyder  B P289s

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A true story of the deadliest cook in America -- Bartoletti B T98B

2015  A home for Mr. Emerson -- Kerley B Em33K

Mr. Ferris and his wheel -- Davis 791.068 D 293m

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus -- B R634B

Separate is never equal: Sylvia Mendez & her family's fight for desegregation -- Tonatiuh 379.26 T61s

Star stuff: Carl Sagan and the mysteries of the cosmos -- Sisson 520.92 Si81s

2014 Locomotive -- Floca 385 F651

Brave girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 -- Markel 331.892 M341b

Parrots over Puerto Rico -- Roth 597.7109 R742p

Courage has no color: the true story of the Triple Nickles: America's first Black paratroopers -- Stone 940.54 St

2013 Citizen scientists: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard -- Burns 590.72 B937c

Electric Ben: the amazing life and times of Benjamin Franklin -- Byrd B F854B

The might Mars rovers: the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity -- Rusch 523.43 R895m

Those rebels, John & Tom -- Kerley 973.4 K457t

We've got a job: The 1963 Birmiingham Children's March -- Levinson 323.11 L578w

2012 Amelia lost: the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart -- Fleming B Ea72F

Father Abraham: Lincoln and his sons -- Holzer B L63Hos

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the people -- Brown B N358H

Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust -- Thomson 940.53 T386t

The mangrove tree: planting trees to feed families -- Roth 577.69 R742m

2011 Birmingham Sunday -- Brimner 323.1196 B77b

Candy bomber: the story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" -- Tunnel B C162T

If stones could speak: unlocking the secrets of Stonehenge -- Aronson 936.2 Ar67i

Journey into the deep: discovering new ocean creatures -- Johnson 591.77 J63i

Mammoths and Mastodons: titans of the Ice Age -- Bardoe 569 B236m

2010 Almost astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream -- Stone 629.45 St72a

Darwin: with glimpses into his private journal and letters -- McGinty B D259Ma

The frog scientist -- Turner 597.8 T856f

How many baby pandas? -- 599.789 M341h

Noah Webster: weaver of words -- Shea B W395S

2009 George Washington Carver -- Bolden B C256Bo

The Lincolns: a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary -- Fleming B L637Fl

Washington at Valley Forge -- Freedman 973.3 F875w

We are the ship: the story of Negro League baseball -- Nelson 796.357 N333w

When the wolves returned: restoring nature's balance in yellowstone -- Patent 599.773 P272w

2008 Black and white airman: their true history -- Fleischman 940.54 F628b

Spiders -- Bishop 595.4 B542s

Helen Keller: her life in pictures -- Sullivan B K282Su

Muckrakers -- Bausum 070.4 B329m

Venom -- Singer 591.47 Si64v

2007 Gregor Mendel: the friar who grew peas -- Bardoe B M522B

Freedom walkers: the story of the Montgomery bus boycott -- Freedman 323.1 F875f

John Muir: America's first environmentalist -- Lasky B M896L

Something out of nothing: Marie Curie and radium -- McClafferty B C925Mc

Team Moon: how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the moon -- Thimmesh 629.45 T348t

2006 ER Vets: Life in an animal emergency room -- Jackson 636.089 J133e

Forbidden schoolhouse: the true and dramatic story of Prudence Crandall and her students -- Jurmain B C85J

Genius: a photobiography of Albert Einstein -- Delano B Ei68D

Hitler youth: growing up in Hitler's shadow -- Bartoletti 943.086 B285h

Mosquito bite -- Siy 595.77 Sy99m

2005 Actual size -- Jenkins 591.4 J418a

The race to save the Lord God Bird -- Hoose 598.7 H769r

Secrets of the Sphinx -- Giblin 932 G355s

Seurat and La Grande Jatte: connecting the dots -- Burleigh 759.4 B924s

The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights -- Freedman B An24f

Honor Books 2004 - 1990

2004 Empire State Building -- Mann 974.7 M315e

In defense of liberty: the story of America's Bill of Rights -- Freedman 342.73 F875i

Leonardo: beautiful dreamer -- Byrd B D289B

The man who made time travel -- Lasky 609 L335m

Shutting out the sky: life in the tenements of New York, 1880-1924 -- Hopkinson 323 H777s

2003 Emperor's silent army: terracotta warriors of Ancient China -- O'Connor 931 Oc5e

Phineas Gage: a gruesome but true story about brain science -- Fleischman B G121f

Tenement: Immigrant life on the Lower East Side -- Bial 323 B38ti

To fly: the story of the Wright Brothers -- Old B W93O

2002 The cod's tale -- Kurlansky 639.2 K965c

The dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: an illuminating history of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, artis and lecturer -- Kerley B H314K

Martin's big words: the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Rappaport B K585Ra

2001 The amazing life of Benjamin Franklin -- Giblin B F854G

America's champion swimmer: Gertrude Ederle -- Adler B Ed28A

Michelangelo -- Stanley B M583S

2000 Clara Schumann: piano virtuoso -- Reich B Sch86R

The snake scientist -- Montgomery 597.9 M767s

1999 Black whiteness: Admiral Byrd alone in the Antarctic -- Burleigh 919.8 B924b

Hottest, coldest, highest, deepest -- Jenkins 910 J418h

No pretty pictures: a child of war -- Lobel B L783n

1998 A drop of water: a book of science and wonder -- Wick 546 W633d

Charles A. Lindbergh: a human hero -- Giblin B L641G

Kennedy assassinated! The world mourns: a reporter's story -- Hampton 364.1 H189k

Digger: the tragic fate of the California Indians form the missions to the gold rush -- Stanley 970.004 St25d

1997 The life and death of Crazy Horse -- Freedman B C859f

One world, many religions: the ways we worship -- Osborne 290 Os220

1996 Dolphin man: exploring the world of dolphins -- Pringe 599.53 P936d

Rosie the Riveter: women working on the home front in World War II 331.4 C71r

1995 Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters -- McKissack 975 M217c

Kids at work: Lewis Hine and the crusade against child labor -- Freedman B H5228F

Wildlife rescue: the work of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay -- Dewey 639.9 D515w

1994 Making sense: animal perception and communication -- Brooks 591.1 B791m

1993 A twilight struggle: the life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy -- B K383H

The amazing potato: a story in which the Incas, Conquistadors, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jeffereson, wars, famine, immigrants, and french fries all play a part -- Meltzer 635 M496a

An Indian winter -- Freedman 917.8 F876i

Antarctica: the lost unspoiled continent -- Pringle 919.89 P36a

Bard of Avon: the story of William Shakespeare -- Stanley B Sh15S

The great St. Lawrence Seaway -- Gibbons 386.509 G352g

Hopscotch around the world -- Lankford 796.2 L276h

The long road to Gettysburg -- Murphy 973.7 M954l

1992 Now is your time! The African American struggle for freedom -- Myers 973 M992n

Prairie vision: the life and times of Solomon Butcher -- Conrad B B971C

1991 Christopher Columbus: voyager to the unknown -- Levinson B C723L

The clover and the bee -- Dowden 582 D753C

Columbus and the world around him -- Meltzer B C723M

Giraffes, the sentinels of the Savannas -- Santoro 599.732 Sa84g

Good Queen Bess -- Stanley B El48S

The magic school bus lost in the solar system -- Cole 523.2 C675m

The riddle of the Rosetta Stone -- Giblin 493 G356r

Totem pole -- Hoyt-Goldsmith 970.1 H856t

1990 The great American Gold Rush -- Blumberg 979.4 B626g

Recommended Books

2017 Ada Lovelace, poet of science: The first computer programmer -- Stanley

Ada's violin: The story of the recycled orchestra of Paraguay -- Hood 784.206 H761a

Comics confidential: Thirteen graphic novelists talk story, craft, and life outside the box -- Marcus

Dive!: World War II stories of sailors and submarines in the Pacific -- Hopkinson

How to build a museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture -- Bolden

Miss Mary Reporting: The true story of sportswriter Mary Garber -- Macy

Sachiko: A Nagasaki bomb survivor's story -- Stelson B YA26S

Step right up: How Doc and Jim Key taught the world about kindness -- Bowman

2016 Most dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the secret history of the Vietnam War -- Sheimkin 959.7043 Sh42m

The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams -- Stone B Ad21S

2015  Eye to Eye: how animals see the world -- Jenkins 573.88 J418s

Chasing cheetahs: the race to save Africa's fastest cats -- Montgomery 599.759 M767c

The girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the civil rights movement -- Kanefield B J62K

Little Melba and her big trombone -- Russell-Brown B L715R

Neighborhood sharks: hunting with the great whites of California's

2014 Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the dawn of liberty -- Bolden 973.7 B638e

Becoming Ben Franklin: how a candle-maker's son helped light the flame of liberty -- Freedman B F854FRE

The mad potter: George E. Ohr eccentric genius -- Greenberg 738.092 G829m

Thomas Jefferson builds a library -- Rosenstock B J359Ro

Eruption! Volcanoes and the science of saving lives -- Rusch 551.241 R895e

Lifetime: the amazing numbers in animals lives -- Schaefer 591.56 Sch131

Who says women can't be doctors -- Stone 610.92 St72w

Scaly, spotted, feathered, frilled: how do we know what dinosaurs really looked like? -- Thimmesh 567.9 T485s

2013 A black hole is NOT a hole -- Cinami 523.8 C236b

Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: the story behind an American friendship -- 973.7092 F875a

The amazing Harry Kellar: Great American magician -- Jarrow B K281J

Beyond courage: the untold story of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust -- Rappaport 940.53 R182b

The case of the vanishing golden frogs: a scientific mystery -- Markle 597.8 M341c

Chuck Close: face book -- Close 759.13 C624c

Hands around the library: protecting Egypt's treasured books -- Abouraya 962.005 R744h

Life in the ocean: the story of oceanographer Sylvia Earle -- Nivola B Ea75N

2012 Billions of years, amazing changes: the story of evolution -- Pringle 576.8 J418bil

Far from shore: chronicles of an open ocean voyage -- Webb 591.77 W388f

For the birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson -- Thomas B P442t

Heart and soul: the story of America and African Americans -- Nelson 973.04 N334h

Harry Houdini: the legend of the world's greatest escape artist -- Weaver B H813f

Inkblot -- Peot 751.4 P39i

Me...Jane -- McDonnel B G61m

Thunder birds: nature's flying predators -- Arnosky 598.15 Ar66t

2011 Black Elk's Vision: a Lakota story -- Nelson B B563N

Dave the Potter: artist, poet, slave -- Hill B D272H

The extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Suzy) -- Kerley B T911K

For good measure -- Robbins 530.8 R542f

Kakapo rescue: saving the world's strangest parrot -- Montgomery 639.9 M767k

Polar bears -- Newman 599.786 N466p

The called themselves the KKK: the birth o an American terrorist group -- Bartoletti 322.4 B285t

2010 The boy who invented TV: the story of Philo Farnsworth -- Krull B F238K

Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice -- Hoose B C725H

The grand mosque of Paris: a story of how Muslims rescued Jews during the Holocaust -- Ruelle 940.53 R837g

Life in the Boreal Forest -- Guiberson 578.73 G94l

Truce: the day the soldiers stopped fighting -- Murphy 940.3 M954t

Written in bone: buried lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland -- Walker 940.53 R837g

2009 A river of words: the story of William Carlos Williams -- Bryant B W676B

A boy named beckoning: the true story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American hero -- Calpaldi B M765C

The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild west -- B T911F

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: through the gates and beyond -- Greenberg 730 G829c

Ice bears -- Guiberson E G94i

Sisters and brothers: sibling relationships in the animal world 591.56 J415s

2008 Tracking trash: flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion -- Burns 551.46 B937t

The wall: growing up behind the Iron Curtain -- Sis B Si81S

2007 Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship -- Hatkoff 599.63 H286o

2006 Bodies from the ash: life and death in Ancient Popeii -- Deem

Built to last: building America's amazing bridges, dams, tunnels, and skyscrappers -- Sullivan

Chameloeon, chameleon -- Cowley

Let me play: the story of Title IX: the law that changed the future of girls in America -- Blumenthal

Maritcha: a nineteeth century American girl -- Bolden

Mummies: the newest, coolest, & creepiest from around the world -- Tanaka

Secrets of a civil war submarine: solving the mysteries of the H. L. Hunley -- Walker

Wild dogs past and present -- Halls

2005 A dream of freedom: the Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1968 -- McWhorter 323.4 M258d

2004 Capital -- Curlee

The daring Nellie Bly: America's star reporter -- Christensen

Getting away with murder: the true story of the Emmett Till Case -- Crowe

Jack: the early years of John F. Kennedy -- Cooper

The library of Alexandria -- Trumble

The shortest day: celebrating the winter solstice -- Pfeffer

The White House: an illustrated history -- Grace

The Wright sister: Katharine Wright and her famous brothers -- Maurer

2003 Ansel Adams: America's photographer -- Gherman

The great Serum race: blazing the Iditarod trail -- Miller

Life on earth: the story of evolution -- Jenkins

Saladin: noble Prince of Islam -- Stanley

The signers: the 56 stories behind the Declaration of Independence -- Fradin

This is our dark country: the American settlers of Libera -- Reef

Under the Ice -- Conlan

Young adventurer's guide to Everest: from avalanche to Zopkio -- Chester

2002 Vincent van Gogh: portrait of an artist -- Greenberg 759.9492 G829v

The yellow house: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin side by side -- Rubin 759.4 R824y

2001 Only passing through: the story of Sojourner Truth -- Rockwell B T777R

You forgot your skirt, Amelia Bloomer!: a very improper story -- Corey 305.42 C8122y

2000 Bound for America: The forced migration of Africans to the New World -- 326 H272b

A child's book of art: discover great paintings --  Micklethwait 701 M583c

In search of the spirit: the living national treasures of Japan -- Hamanaka 759.52 H17s

William Shakespeare and the Globe -- Aliki 792 Al45w

1999 Behind the mask: the life of Queen Elizabeth I -- Thomas B E148T

Duke Ellington -- Pinkney B E156P

Joan of Arc -- D. Stanley B J344s

1998 The snake book -- Ling 597.6 L646s

1997 The abracadabra kid -- Fleischman B F628f

A strange and distant shore -- Ashabranner 978 As32s

Dia's story cloth -- Dia 325.594 C34d

Free to dream -- Osofsky B H874o

John Steinbeck -- Reef B St34r

Nearer nature -- Arnosky 508.743 Ar66n

1996 The book of North American owls --- Roney 598.2 Sa83b

Everglades -- George 975.9 G293e

The life and times of the honeybee -- Micucci 595.79 M583l

The underground railroad -- Bial 326 B47u

When plague strikes: the Black Death, smallpox, AIDS -- Giblin 614.4 G355w

1995 Ancient ones: the world of the old-growth Douglas fir -- 582.16 B291a
Cleopatra -- D. Stanley B C594St

I am an American: a true story of Japanese internment -- J. Stanley 973.917 St25i

Jazz: my music, my people -- 781.5 M742j

Lives of the writers: comedies, tragedies (and what the neighbors thought) -- Krull 800 K939l

Rosie, a visiting dog's story -- Calmenson 636.7 C135r

Take a look, an introduction to the experience of art -- Davidson 701 D194t

Unconditional surrender: U.S. Grant and the Civil War -- Marrin 973.7 M349u

1994 Anne Frank: beyond the diary -- van der Rol B F852V

Be seated: a book about chairs -- Giblin 749 G355b

Behind the secret window: a memoir of hidden childhood during World War II -- Toll 940.53 T577b

Eleanor Roosevelt: a life of discovery -- Freedman B R675F

Lincoln: in his own words -- Meltzer 973.7 L638i

Many thousand gone: African Americans from slavery to freedom -- Hamilton 326 H18m

Seven candles for Kwanzaa -- Pinkney 394.2 P655s

The way west: journal of a pioneer woman -- Knight 978 Sch36w

Whaling days -- Carrick 639 C233w

1993 A twilight struggle: the life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy -- B K383H

The amazing potato: a story in which the Incas, Conquistadors, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jefferson, wars, famines, immigrants, and french fries all play a part -- Meltzer 917.8 F876i

Antarctica: the lost unspoiled continent -- Pringle 919.89 P936a

Bard of Avon: the story of William Shakespeare -- D. Stanley B Sh15S

The great St. Lawrence Seaway -- Gibbons 386.509 G352g

Hopscotch around the world -- Lankford 796.2 L276h

The long road to Gettysburg -- Murphy 973.7 M954l

1992 A young painter: the life and paintings of Wang Yani -- Zhensun 759.951 Z61y

Appalachia: the voices of sleeping birds -- Rylant 976 R983a

Bully for you, Teddy Roosevelt! -- B R677F

The discovery of the Americas -- Maestro 917 M267d

Earthquakes -- Simon 551.2 Si55e

Pueblo boy: growing up in two worlds -- Keegan 970.3 K243p

Pueblo storyteller -- Hoyt-Goldsmith 978.9 H855p

Voyager to the planets -- Apfel 523.4 Ap28v

The Wright brothers: how they invented the airplane -- Freedman B W93Fr

1991 Christopher Columbus -- Levinson B C723L

The clover and the bee -- Dowden 582 D753c

Columbus and the world around him -- Meltzer B C723M

Giraffes, the sentinels of the Savannas -- Sattler 599.732 Sa84g

Good Queen Bess -- D. Stanley B El48S

The magic school bus lost in the solar system -- Cole 523.2 C6756m

The riddle of the Rosetta Stone -- Giblin 493 G356r

Totem pole -- Hoyt-Goldsmith 970.1 H856t

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