2007 Nominations: Nonfiction Picture Books

Pick a topic. It can be anything, as long as it’s something kids want to know about: biography, history, biology, astronomy, gastronomy… whatever. Then write about it. Maybe in the form of a story, or a scrapbook, or just some really engaging prose. Just make sure it says something true, something surprising, in a way that hasn’t been said before.

Now, here’s the crucial step: add some images. Paintings, drawings, photos, pop-ups… nothing superfluous, mind you. The illustrations have to support the text, and give it life – not drown it. Oh, don’t forget the cover appeal – something that screams "Me! Pick me! Read me next!" to young shelf-browsers.

There you have it – a recipe for a great non-fiction picture book. And that’s what we’re looking for: the very best of the best. Have you seen any this year that have it all? Informative? Attractive? Insightful? Awesome? Then nominate your favorite in the comments below.

–Eisha Prather, organizer

Please leave your nomination — including author and title — in the comments below.