YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

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The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction is an award by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association that annually "honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18)".[1] It was first given in 2010.[2] The award is announced at ALA's Midwinter Meeting.[3]



  • Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
  • Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business -- and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin


  • The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb
  • Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
  • Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler
  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
  • The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson


  • Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • Chuck Close Face Book by Chuck Close
  • The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician by Gail Jarrow
  • Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
  • Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank
  • The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
  • Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler
  • Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker
  • Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World by Sally M. Walker
  • Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren


  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin
  • Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
  • Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal
  • Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy
  • Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Can I See Your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities by Chris Barton
  • Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I by Ann Bausum
  • How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World by Penny Colman
  • Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication by Ann Downer
  • Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
  • Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons by Harold Holzer
  • Scribbling Women: True Tales From Astonishing Lives by Marthe Jocelyn
  • Mysterious Bones: The Story of the Kennewick Man by Katherine Kirkpatrick
  • World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky
  • Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire & Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
  • The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty
  • Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
  • Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef
  • Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air by Stewart Ross
  • I. M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place, and Purpose by Jill Rubalcaba
  • Wideness & Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O'Keeffe by Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story by Casey Scieszka
  • Ghosts on the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple
  • Tom Thumb : the Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature by George Sullivan
  • Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust by Ruth Thomson
  • Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’: A History of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke


  • Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life by David Adler
  • FDR's Alphabet Soup: New Deal America by Tanya Bolden
  • Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in the Sudan by John Bul Dau
  • Watch This Space: Designing, Defending and Sharing Public Spaces by Hadley Dyer
  • Sir Charlie Chaplin: the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischmann
  • The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy by James Giblin
  • Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety by Nikol Hasler
  • Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Tom Jacobs
  • We Are Not Beasts of Burden: Cesar Chavez and the Delano Grape Strike by Stuart Kallen
  • Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying? by Mara Rockliff
  • The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History by Adam Selzer
  • The Good, the Bad and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us by Tanya Lee Stone
  • Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed by Sally Walker
  • The Brave Escape of Edith Wharton: A Biography by Connie Wooldridge
  • Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till by Simeon Wright and Herb Boyd




  1. ^ a b YALSA. "YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "2010 Nonfiction Award". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "YALSA Book Awards". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "2013 Nonfiction Award Nominations". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Previous Winners". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "2012 Nonfiction Award Nominations". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "2011 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Nominations". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "2010 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Nominations". Retrieved 30 March 2013.