A brief primer on nonfiction picture books

Starting today, we'll be running short introductions to each genre. If you haven't nominated a book yet, this may give you some guidelines and maybe inspirations. Each is written by that genre's organizer.

Kids are curious about absolutely anything, so that's what the books in the non-fiction picture book category will be about–absolutely anything! As long as it's true and factual, of course. (It's gotta be "not fiction", after all!) Science, art, history, sports, current events–and more–are all fair game, from slice-of-life biographies and other true stories kids will read beginning-to-end, to list books and other compendiums of information that will delight the browsers in the crowd.

We're looking for fresh subjects or old favorites approached in a new way; writing that sizzles and sings; illustrations that make you say, "Wow"; and all of this between covers young readers (and those read to!) will want to open again and again.

Nonfiction picture books will typically be 48 pages or less and aimed at younger readers. Nonfiction books 48 pages or more, with longer, denser text divided into chapters, belong in the Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction category.

–Fiona Bayrock

Go to the Nonfiction Picture Books nomination page.