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The Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

National Council of Teachers of English (U.S.)

Established in 1990 to promote and recognize excellence in nonfiction writing. The award is named in commemoration of the book Orbis Pictus (The World in Pictures) by Johann Comenius. It was originally published in 1657, and is considered to be the first informational book written specifically for children.


Diane Stanley. Leonardo da Vinci (Morrow)

Honor Books:
Rhoda Blumberg. Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad (National Geographic Society)
Russell Freedman. The Life and Death of Crazy Horse (Holiday House)
Mary Pope Osborne. One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship (Knopf)


Jim Murphy. The Great Fire (Scholastic)

Honor Books:
Laurence Pringle, photos. by Randall S. Wells. Dolphin Man: Exploring the World of Dolphins (Atheneum)
Penny Colman. Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II (Crown)


Diane Swanson. Safari Beneath the Sea: The Wonder World of the North Pacific Coast (Sierra)

Honor Books:
Jennifer Owings Dewey. Wildlife Rescue: The Work of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay (Boyds Mills)
Russell Freedman. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor (Clarion)
Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack. Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (Scholastic)


Jim Murphy. Across America on an Emigrant Train (Clarion)

Honor Books:
Jim Brandenburg. To the Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves (Walker)
Bruce Brooks. Making Sense: Animal Perception and Communication (Farrar)


Jerry Stanley. Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp (Crown)

Honor Books:
Pat Cummings. Talking to Artists (Bradbury)
Molly Cone. Come Back, Salmon (Sierra)


Robert Burleigh. Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh (Philomel)

Honor Books:
Walter Dean Myers. Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom (HarperCollins)
Pam Conrad. Prairie Vision: The Life and Times of Solomon Butcher (HarperCollins)


Russell Freedman. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Clarion)

Honor Books:
Paricia Lauber. Seeing Earth from Space (Orchard)
Normee Ekoomiak. Arctic Memories (H. Holt)


Jean Fritz. The Great Little Madison (Putnam)

Honor Books:
Rhoda Blumberg. The Great American Gold Rush (Bradbury)
Patricia Lauber. The News about Dinosaurs (Bradbury)

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