Every January at their Midwinter Conference the American Library Association announces the winners of their youth media awards. In addition to the well-know Caldecott and Newbery Awards, there will be a new award given this year. 2010 will mark the first year of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. The five finalists for this new award were announced this week. So, without further ado, I present to you the shortlist.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
In the 1960’s NASA doctors decided to find out if women were capable of passing the grueling tests required to become an astronaut. Their work on the Mercury 13 project paved the way for female pilots and space commanders. You can find this book in the Children’s nonfiction collection.
Charles and Emma: the Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
Using a very scientific approach, Charles Darwin weighs the pros and cons of marriage to his strictly religious cousin. This biography examines how Darwin’s personal life affected his scientific work and how his scientific beliefs affected his marriage. This book can be found in Teen Biography.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Phillip Hoose
Claudette Colvin was arrested and jailed at the age of 15 for refusing to giver her seat on the bus to a white woman. Colvin was a little-known player in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company, Browder v. Gayle. You can find this book in Children’s Biography.
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous and Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming
The title says it all! This is illustrated biography gives readers and inside look at the exciting life of P.T Baranum, who joined the circus at the age of 60! This book will be coming soon to the Teen collection. You can place a hold on it now though.
Forensic archeologists excavate human remains from colonial sites and use their findings to learn more about life in colonial time. This book is available in Children’s Nonfiction.
The winner will be announce next month. Check out these fantastic nonfiction books soon and decide for yourself which deserves to win. I will let you know in January if you picked a winner.