Tucson Festival of Books

Connecting Kids with the Best Nonfiction

Nonfiction books are consistently the top choice for many children. Learn about the most recent award-winning nonfiction titles and gain ideas for their use with children. The presenters share from their experiences as members of the Orbis Pictus award committee, the top award in nonfiction literature for K-8 readers.

Caryl Crowell

Caryl Crowell, a retired elementary teacher, also was a reviewer of children's books for Reading Teacher and Adventuring with Books, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.  

Julia López-Robertson

Julia López-Robertson is professor of teacher education at the University of South Carolina and Chair of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children of the National Council of Teachers of English....

Janelle Mathis

Janelle Mathis is an emeritus faculty from the University of North Texas who is interested in studying the art of picture books and reading with children and families.  

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Celebrating Our Cuentos
Choosing and Using Latinx Literature in Elementary Classrooms
Julia López-Robertson
Scholastic Incorporated
August 2021
ISBN 9781338770179
144 pages

Inventing a Classroom
Life in a Bilingual, Whole Language Learning Community
Caryl Crowell

Stenhouse Publishers
January 1994
ISBN 1571100024
274 pages

Critical Content Analysis of Children's and Young Adult Literature
Reframing Perspective
Janelle Mathis

January 2017
ISBN 9781138120099
206 pages