YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Awarded annually in the U.S. by the Young Adult Library Services Association for the best non-fiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18).

60 items

Title Overview Format & Publisher Call Number
All Thirteen
The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team
Book - 2020 Candlewick Press J 796.525095 S71A
How We Got to the Moon
The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure
Book - 2020 Crown Books for Young Readers J 629.454 R67H
The Cat I Never Named
A True Story of Love, War, and Survival
Book - 2020 Bloomsbury YA 949.703092 S11C
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh Book - 2020 Schwartz & Wade Books YA 629.13092 L74F
You Call This Democracy?
How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People
Book - 2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt J 320.973 R95Y
A Light in the Darkness
Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust
Book - 2019 Alfred A. Knopf YA 940.531809 K84M
A Thousand Sisters
The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II
Book - 2019 Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers YA 940.544947 W42T
Free Lunch Book - 2019 Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company 362.77569 O35F
The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance Book
Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” Book
Boots on the Ground
America's War in Vietnam
Book - 2018 Viking YA 959.704337 P27B
Hey, Kiddo Graphic Novel - 2018 Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic GRAPHIC YA 362.291309 K93H
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor Book - 2018 Delacorte Press YA 347.732634 S71B
The Faithful Spy
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler
Book - 2018 Amulet Books YA 230.044092 B71H
The Unwanted
Stories of the Syrian Refugees
Graphic Novel - 2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt GRAPHIC YA 956.910423 B87U
Eyes of the World
Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
Book - 2017 Henry Holt and Company YA 770.92 C23A
#NotYourPrincess
Voices of Native American Women
Book - 2017 Annick Press YA 971.00497 N92
The 57 Bus
A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
Book - 2017 Farrar Straus Giroux YA 364.155509 F59S
The Whydah
A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found
Book - 2017 Candlewick Press YA 910.916346 S21W
Vincent and Theo
The Van Gogh Brothers
Book - 2017 Godwin Books Henry Holt and Company YA 759.9492 G61H
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History Book
In the Shadow of Liberty
The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
Book - 2016 Henry Holt and Company YA 306.362 D26I
March
Book Three
Graphic Novel - 2016 Top Shelf Productions GRAPHIC 328.73092 L67M3
Samurai Rising
The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune
Book - 2016 Charlesbridge YA 952.01092 M66T
This Land Is Our Land
The History of American Immigration
Book - 2016 Abrams Books for Young Readers YA 304.80973 O81T
Enchanted Air
Two Cultures, Two Wings : A Memoir
Book - 2015 Atheneum Books for Young Readers YA 811.54 E58E
First Flight Around the World
The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race
Book - 2015 Abrams Books for Young Readers J 910.41 G88F
Most Dangerous
Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Book - 2015 Roaring Brook Press YA 959.704309 E47S
Symphony for the City of the Dead
Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
Book - 2015 Candlewick Press YA 780.92 S55A
This Strange Wilderness
The Life and Art of John James Audubon
Book - 2015 University of Nebraska Press YA 508.092 A91P
Ida M. Tarbell
The Woman Who Challenged Big Business-- and Won!
Book - 2014 Clarion BooksHoughton Mifflin Harcourt YA 070.92 T17M
Laughing at My Nightmare Book - 2014 Roaring Brook Press YA 617.482044 B94L
Popular
A Memoir : Vintage Wisdom for A Modern Geek
Book - 2014 Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), LLC YA 155.533 W13P
The Port Chicago 50
Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Book - 2014 Roaring Brook Press YA 940.5453 S54P
The Family Romanov
Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia
Book - 2014 Schwartz & Wade Books YA 947.083092 R75F
Courage Has No Color
The True Story of the Triple Nickles : America's First Black Paratroopers
Book - 2013 Candlewick Press J 940.541273 S88C
Go
A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
Book - 2013 Workman Publishing J 740 K46G
Imprisoned
The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II
Book - 2013 Walker Books For Young Readers J 940.531773 S21I
The Nazi Hunters
How A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Book - 2013 Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc YA 364.151092 E34B
The President Has Been Shot Book
Bomb
The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Book - 2012 Roaring Brook Press J 623.45119 S54B
Moonbird
A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95
Book - 2012 Farrar Straus Giroux J 598.07234 H78M
Steve Jobs
The Man Who Thought Different : A Biography
Book - 2012 Feiwel and Friends YA 338.761004 J62B
Titanic
Voices From the Disaster
Book - 2012 Scholastic Press J 910.91634 H79T
We've Got A Job
The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
Book - 2012 Peachtree Publishers YA 323.119607 L66W
Bootleg
Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
Book - 2011 Roaring Brook Press YA 363.410973 B65B
Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein Book
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science Book
The Notorious Benedict Arnold
A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery
Book - 2012 Square Fish YA 973.382092 A75S
Wheels of Change
How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with A Few Flat Tires Along the Way)
Book - 2017 National Geographic PB J 796.6082 M17W
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