ENGL 355 - Literature for Children

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National Council of Teachers in English Award

Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

Man on horse with children and geese surrounding him

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.

2014 Winner and Honor Books

Award winner - A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Old fashioned forward moving train

Award honor book - Locomotive

Written by Brian Floca

little girl in pink facing a flamingo

Award honor book - The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös

Written by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Award honor book - Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

Written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Black cat with white paws

Award honor book - Parrots Over Puerto Rico

Written by Cindy Trumbore and illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Award honor book - Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles

Written by Tanya Lee Stone


For a complete list of previous winners and honor books, please see the award page. Check the library catalog to see if we have a specific title.