Monday, May 17, 2010

Previously on Bound: Nonfiction Award Winners

Are you looking for some fun, nonfiction picture books? Maybe some autobiographies that inspire? Well, I don't know how I missed these, but in November, the Orbus Pictus Award went out, and the winner was:

Secret World of Walter Anderson"The Secret World of Walter Anderson" by Hester Bass, illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
Here's the publisher's description:

"Residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thought Walter Anderson was odd, rowing across twelve miles of open water in a leaky skiff to reach Horn, an uninhabited island without running water or electricity. But this solitary artist didn’t much care what they thought as he spent weeks at a time on his personal paradise, sleeping under his boat, sometimes eating whatever washed ashore, sketching and painting the natural surroundings and the animals that became his friends. Here Walter created some of his most brilliant watercolors, work he kept hidden during his lifetime."

Two other honor books include:

Almost Astronauts"Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream"
by Tanya Lee Stone. The book has won, like, 18 other awards or mentions. Kirkus said it was a:
"Fascinating, dramatic story...The author offers great insight into how deeply ingrained sexism was in American society and its institutions. Handsomely illustrated with photographs, this empowering, impassioned story will leave readers inspired."

DarwinAnd "Darwin: With Glimpses Into His Private Journals and Letters" by Alice B. McGinty and illustrated by Mary Azarian. The Horn Book review:
"... Explanations of natural selection are particularly strong . . . Nearly every spread contains a parchment-like "letter" containing edited portions of Darwin's diary and letters. These quotes validate the main narrative and form an abbreviated chronological record for important events and thoughts in Charles's life. A brief author's note, source material, and full documentation complete this book."

The Orbus Pictus Award is handed out by American English teachers for excellence in nonfiction writing. The award "commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures (1657), considered to be the first book actually planned for children."

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