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]



  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees, by Don Brown.
  • 1968: Today’s Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change, edited by Marc Aronson
  • Americanized: Rebel without a Green Card, by Sara Saedi. -
  • ATTUCKS! Oscar Robertson and the Team that Awakened a City, by Philip Hoose
  • Back From the Brink, Nancy Castaldo
  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up on and Off the Court, by Kareem Abdul Jabar
  • Blacklisted, by Larry Dean Brimner
  • Bonnie and Clyde: the Making of a Legend, by Karen Blumenthal
  • Coco Chanel, by Susan Rubin
  • Crash: The Great Depression and the Rise and Fall of America, by Marc Favraeu - Little Brown Books -
  • D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History, by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival, by Polo Tate.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Justice, by Ilene Cooper
  • Facing Frederick: the Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man, by Tonya Bolden
  • Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky, by David Bowles
  • Google It! A History of Google, by Anna Crowley Redding.
  • Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles, by Jessica Burkhart
  • Life on Surtsey: Iceland’s Upstart Island, by Loree Griffin Burns.
  • Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator, by Catherine Reef
  • Match Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine, by Melba Patillo Beals
  • More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War, by Kenneth Davis
  • My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope, by Diane Guerrero
  • Nevertheless, We Persisted, edited by Amy Klobuchar
  • Notorious RBG: Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irim Carmon
  • Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, by Isabel Quintero.
  • Spooked!, by Gail Jarrow
  • The Disappearing Spoon and other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World, by Sam Kean
  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies, by Joyce Sidman.
  • The Grand Escape: the Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century, by Neal Bascomb
  • The Hyena Scientists, by Sy Montgomery.
  • The Wilhelm Gustloff Story, by Michael Capek
  • Things We Haven’t Said, edited by Erin Moulton
  • Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice, by Laurence Goldstone
  • Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot, by Winifred Conkling
  • Walking is a Way of Knowing, by Madhuri Ramesh


  • Heiligman, Deborah. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.
  • Aronson, Marc and Marina Tamar Budhos. Eyes of the World : Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism.
  • Leatherdale, Mary Beth and Lisa Charleyboy. #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women.
  • Sandler, Martin W. The Whydah : A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found.
  • Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives. .
  • Brockenbrough, Martha. Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary.
  • Green, Katie. Lighter Than My Shadow.
  • Hennessey, Jonathan and art by Jack McGowan. The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution.
  • Jensen, Kelly, ed. Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw and Speak About Feminism for the Real World.
  • Levinson, Cynthia and Sanford Levinson. Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today.
  • Losure, Mary. Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d.
  • Sheinkin, Steve. Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team.
  • Solomon, Andrew. Far From the Tree: How Children and Their Parents Learn to Accept One Another...Our Differences Unite Us (Young Adult Edition).
  • Walden, Tillie. Spinning.
  • Weatherford, Carole Boston and illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library.


  • Lewis, John and Andrew Aydin. Illus. by Nate Powell. March: Book Three.
  • Blumenthal, Karen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History.
  • Davis, Kenneth C. In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives.
  • Osborne, Linda Barrett. This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration.
  • Turner, Pamela S. Illus. by Gareth Hinds. Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune.
  • Bascomb, Neal. Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb.
  • Freedman, Russell. Vietnam: A History of the War.
  • Marrin, Albert. Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience during World War II.
  • Miller, Sarah. The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century.
  • Rubin, Susan Goldman. Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice.
  • Stelson, Caren. Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story.
  • Sweet, Melissa. Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White.
  • Wallace, Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace. Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights.
  • Woelfle, Gretchen. Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution.


  • 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.