April 3, 2012

2012 Orbis Pictus Children's Book Award

On January 20th, 2012, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) announced the 2012 winner and honors books of the Orbis Pictus Children's Book Award. The award is given to outstanding non-fiction books for children.  Orbis Pictus was the name of a book published in 1657 by Johannes Amos Comenius.  Orbis Pictus - The World in Pictures is considered to be one of the first books for children.

The 2012 Orbis Pictus winner is Balloon Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet.

There were five honors books:
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons by Harold Holzer
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown, illulstrated by Julie Paschkis
Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

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